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The game has changed

Tom WhiddenFirst, I should say that having raced in eight America’s Cup campaigns and having qualified to race in five America’s Cup finals from 1980 to 2003 doesn’t necessarily qualify me to speculate on the future of the Cup.

In the past, the America’s Cup has been about nationality, technology and team and generally has been raced by relatively “financially equipped” enthusiasts.

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Capt. Nat would have approved

Halsey C. HerreshoffOracle Team USA truly did accomplish one of sport’s greatest comebacks. Keeping the Cup when they were down 8-1 was like a winning touchdown pass with five seconds remaining or a grand slam to rally when you’re four runs behind. Americans love an underdog, especially one with the grit and skill to overcome big odds.

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The smart buyer: What to look for in a warranty

Be sure you are clear about the warranty's terms and conditions before you buy a boat.Would you buy a boat without asking the price? Obviously not. Nor should you buy without looking closely at the warranty — and the folks who will service it.

A warranty is the manufacturer’s promise to stand behind its product.

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A historic Virginia home in a quiet river setting

Known as Exchange, the house was built about 1720 and overlooks the North River.Claude and Jane Martin fell in love at first sight with Exchange, an elegantly restored and updated circa 1720 home at the end of a country lane in Gloucester, Va.

“It’s such a historic home, a beautiful property and location, with nice neighbors,” says Martin, who grew up on a tobacco farm in southern Virginia.

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SEASCAPES - ‘Shrimpers at dawn’

Painting by Carl G. Evers

Carl G. Evers has long been recognized as one of America’s finest marine artists of the 20th century. “Shrimpers at Dawn” shows why. His uncanny way of capturing water in motion, his feel for light and shadow, and his skill at drawing and detail combine to give his works what one expert calls a “vibrancy that few can rival.”

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