Sir, I am no yachtsman, but like most New Zealanders, I followed the America's Cup contest a year ago with interest and pride. I am therefore quite amazed at the reported statements of U.S. skipper Dennis Conner at his news conference of Jan. 15.
First, Mr. Conner described the latest challenge by New Zealand for the Cup as an attempt to achieve through "legal maneuvers" what it could not achieve by sailing skill on the water.
His protest rings hollow. During the contest at Fremantle, when the New Zealand yacht looked likely to beat Mr. Conner, what did he do? Why, he resorted to "legal maneuvers" to try to have the New Zealand boat disqualified.
Mr. Conner now claims Michael Fay has chosen big 90-foot boats for the challenge because we cannot win in the 12-meter class. The fact is that soon after the America's Cup contest, the same New Zealand yacht with a new skipper won the world 12-meter championships off Sardinia, so Mr. Conner's claim is obviously ridiculous.