Sport: And Then There Was One

At least one expert was already satisfied. "I'd have to go with Weatherly—she's the all-round boat," said Briggs Cunningham, who skippered Columbia to victory over Britain's Sceptre in the 1958 America's Cup. "It's hard to think that the cup committee would go for a boat as weak as Nefertiti has proved in light air."

The record of Henry Mercer's 12-meter Weatherly spoke for itself. Three times off Newport last week, Weatherly trounced Ross Anderson's Nefertiti to make a runaway of their climactic duel for the right to defend the America's Cup next month against Australia's Gretel. In each of the three races,...

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