Sport: Leave It to Chance

When Intrepid scored her startling victory over Valiant in last month's America's Cup trials, the least surprised man in Newport was Britton Chance Jr., the young naval architect who had taken the old 1967 Cup winner and redesigned her into the 1970 Cup defender. To Chance's mind, the outcome was decided last winter in a test tank in Hoboken, N.J. There, like some bathtub admiral, he spent four months testing 75 different model hulls until "I felt we had a winning design for Intrepid.'" Chance was sure of it when he saw the first...

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