Sailing: Cloud hanging over Field

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The arrival in Fort Lauderdale of Britain's Dolphin & Youth at the end of another fraught leg of the Whitbread Race was overshadowed yesterday by the continuing wrangle over allegations, just part of legal action by Nance Frank, deposed skipper of the US Women's Challenge, that the race leader, Ross Field, received rule-breaking outside weather information from his girlfriend Adrienne Cahalan, navigator on the then USWC, now sailing as Heineken on leg one, writes Stuart Alexander. Preliminary checks show message traffic between USWC and Yamaha at the times and of the duration quoted. Ian Bailey-Willmot, the race director, today will hand over papers to the chairman of the international jury, the Scot Staveley Roberts.