Sport: Alone at Sea

Dwarfed but not bowed, French Sailor Alain Colas is all alone sailing a 236-ft. four-masted schooner in the Singlehanded Transatlantic Race. Called Club Méditerrané after its principal sponsor, the vessel is the largest sailing yacht built since before World War I, and Colas is the only man ever to try to skipper such a leviathan without a crew across the treacherous Atlantic. He hopes to make the 3,000-mile passage from Plymouth, England, to Newport, R.I., in 18 days, beating his own record of 20½ days when he won the last race in 1972 in...