Yachting: Beat the Bird

On the foredeck of Constellation racing off Newport, R.I., last week, several crewmen had an urgent command magic-markered on their right knees: "Beat the Bird." That was about the size of it. As the second series of America's Cup trials neared an end, anyone who hoped to defend the cup for the U.S. against Britain this September had to beat American Eagle and her brilliant skipper, Bill Cox. In six official races in the current series, the big new twelve-meter has defeated Constellation once, Nefertiti once, Columbia twice, Easterner twice. Her overall record in the first two series of...

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