FREMANTLE, Australia — For the first time, Americans had to go halfway around the world to compete for the America's Cup, creating new logistical and human problems.
Dennis Conner thinks his Stars & Stripes program has licked both.
"As far as dealing with the psychological pressures of being away from home, with a lot of the media and visitors from America here it wasn't really a problem," Conner said.
"And bear in mind, while we were racing in America for the last three America's Cup campaigns that I've been involved in, we've all been campaigning these series away from our homes, anyway, so we're used to being away.
"Newport may sound like it's close to you, but Newport, Rhode Island is just as far away as Sydney is from Perth.