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George David hates to lose. In a week of international sailboat racing off Key West, Fla., in January, his $1 million, custom-built, 45-foot craft missed first place by a mere 40 seconds. The United Technologies Corp. chief executive, who captained the boat himself, now dreams of adding a laser range finder like those used in America's Cup races to give his boat an edge. In sailboat racing, David explains, "you win with preparation and teamwork." Business, he adds, "is sailboat racing on a larger scale."

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