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SAILING ON A SEA OF PERPLEXITY
Coles Phinizy
August 08, 1977
In America's Cup trials that baffled the seers, Enterprise whipped Courageous, which beat Independence, which edged Enterprise
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August 08, 1977

Sailing On A Sea Of Perplexity

In America's Cup trials that baffled the seers, Enterprise whipped Courageous, which beat Independence, which edged Enterprise

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Courageous is the boat that knows how to do it, but considering both the excellent helmsmanship of Malin Burnham and the broad genius of Lowell North, Enterprise is the boat of greater potential. In the middle of the July trials they had it all together, but in the final race it came apart again. Three times in that race Enterprise took the lead away from Courageous, and three times gave it back. The Enterprise people confess that they are learning the hard way. That is a tribute to them, but it will not be worth much from here on in. The final bell has rung. School is out; learning time is over. August is real. August is for keeps.

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