Sport: Dirty and Short Down Under

The home team wins a pre-America's Cup sparring match

It was bad enough for New York Yacht Club members when they lost the America's Cup in 1983 on Rhode Island Sound. The longest winning streak in sport history--132 years--was ended, and with Australia II's secret keel, the victors from down under had audaciously out-teched the Yanks. But what really steamed some of the bluer-blooded Newport yachting crowd was when the winning skipper, John Bertrand, taunted during the races that the next Cup competition would be sailed out of the mostly working-class port of Fremantle in the sun- drenched Indian Ocean. "It's absolutely glorious," he told anybody who cared to listen....

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