YACHTING: Defending the America's Cup

The pirate from Peachtree takes on the Aussies

At Manhattan's venerable New York Yacht Club, where tradition changes as slowly as the membership rolls, they say that if a foreigner ever wins their hallowed trophy, it will be replaced in its case by the losing skipper's head. Robert E. (Ted) Turner III, alias "the Mouth " Terrible Ted" and "Captain Outrageous," is not worrying. Nor are the club's blue-blazered elders. For if winds and weather—and the portents—are right, Terrible Ted this week will begin a successful defense of the America's Cup.

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