FREMANTLE, Australia — A member of Dennis Conner's syndicate has complained to Rod Davis about the Eagle skipper sailing with New Zealand, which will be Conner's opponent in the America's Cup challenger final starting Jan. 13.
After Eagle was eliminated in the trial rounds, Davis spent two days sailing one of New Zealand's backup boats, KZ5, against Chris Dickson's KZ7 in practice starts last week.
Robert Hopkins, design test manager for Sail America, phoned Davis Friday morning.
"He said he thought I was detracting from their effort to win back the America's Cup," Davis said. "He was serious.
"Apparently, he couldn't figure out the advantages of it. None of us (Americans) knew anything about fiberglass 12-meters before. Now I know more about them than they do.