Sport: Sloops du Jour off Newport

Where hopelessness springs eternal

True to century-old form, the America's Cup races ended with the rout of the foreign boat. Australia's 4-0 defeat in the best-of-seven series off Newport, R.I., brought the U.S. record since 1958, when the New York Yacht Club revived the cup series with sleek 12-meter sloops, to 28 wins and only two losses. Senior Editor Timothy Foote joined the spectator fleet for the last race. His report:

Ahead of us a fine, 14-knot southwesterly breeze ruffles a quicksilver sea. In the hazy sunlight the horizon line is a blur of radiant...

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