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SAILING : Conner Leading Ensenada Race

April 24, 1993|ROGER TEFFT

Dennis Conner's 60-foot soft sail catamaran Stars & Stripes averaged 14.6 knots over the first 95 miles of the Newport Ocean Sailing Assn.'s 46th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race before the light south-southwesterly breezes shut down for the night Friday.

Conner, who logged a record elapsed time for the course in 1991 aboard Stars & Stripes in 9 hours 7 minutes 48 seconds, was spotted by the NOSA race committee off Rosarito Beach at 6:30 p.m. with 30 miles to go.

Behind him were some 389 boats, both multihulls and monohulls, in 17 classes that started off Newport Beach at noon Friday in 10 knots of wind out of the south. Hoped for northwesterlies did not materialize.

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