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May 3, 1988
Ben Lexcen, 52, designer of the revolutionary America's Cup-winning yacht Australia II, died in an Australian hospital after a heart attack.
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May 3, 1988
Ben Lexcen, 52, designer of the revolutionary America's Cup-winning yacht Australia II, died in an Australian hospital after a heart attack.
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November 28, 1986 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Dennis Conner shared a plane ride from Sydney to Perth with Australia's national cricket team and invited the squad to go sailing. The team returned a note of thanks, explaining it would be busy playing against England for five days in Perth but hoped it could sail with Conner when it returns in January. The man who lost the America's Cup in 1983 was in an affable mood Thursday after a trip home to San Diego to check on his drapery business and make a speaking appearance at a business luncheon.
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February 4, 1987 | ANGUS PHILLIPS, The Washington Post
The man who helped win the America's Cup for Australia is having no fun watching its departure. Ben Lexcen, the designer who hatched the idea for Australia II's winged keel, which turned the yachting world upside down in 1983, has looked on in pain as Kookaburra III has lost three consecutive races to Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes. Now, with Conner needing only one more win to reclaim the prize Lexcen worked a decade and a half to get, the designer wonders whether it was worth the effort.
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October 27, 1986 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Kookaburras have become their own best competition, and Alan Bond's boys are worried. Skipper Peter Gilmour switched boats with Iain Murray Sunday and sailed Kookaburra III to a six-second win over stablemate Kookaburra II in the America's Cup defender trials. The victory over the older of the golden-hulled yachts left Kookaburra III (7-1) in first place, ahead of Bond's Australia IV (6-2). Last Tuesday, Murray, aboard Kookaburra III, defeated Gilmour on Kookaburra II by two seconds.
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February 4, 1987 | ANGUS PHILLIPS, The Washington Post
The man who helped win the America's Cup for Australia is having no fun watching its departure. Ben Lexcen, the designer who hatched the idea for Australia II's winged keel, which turned the yachting world upside down in 1983, has looked on in pain as Kookaburra III has lost three consecutive races to Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes. Now, with Conner needing only one more win to reclaim the prize Lexcen worked a decade and a half to get, the designer wonders whether it was worth the effort.
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January 30, 1987 | ANGUS PHILLIPS, The Washington Post
The first time Australian yacht designer Ben Lexcen saw Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes, he hooted. "Bloody banana boat," chuckled Lexcen, who designed the winged-keel Australia II, III and IV. He suggested Conner hire Harry Belafonte as bowman so he could sing "Day-O" when they sailed. To anyone accustomed to traditional 12-meters and the America's Cup, Stars & Stripes is indeed funny-looking, with a turned-up bow and stern that give it its distinctive banana profile.
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July 5, 1990
Troubled Australian financier Alan Bond has ended his 17-year association with yachting's America's Cup, saying he will not be involved in the 1992 challenge off San Diego. Bond, the first person to win the cup from the United States in 132 years when he took the trophy in 1983, said from London that his financial difficulties and a lack of adequate preparation time had contributed to his decision. Bond's companies have debts in excess of $4 billion.
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October 17, 1986 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The showdown between Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes and New Zealand's fiberglass 12-meter was postponed because of foul weather Thursday. It was raining, with winds of 30 knots and gusts up to 40 churning up the Indian Ocean course. Ten minutes before the scheduled clash between Conner's blue boat and the controversial, undefeated KZ7, the race committee called off the day's America's Cup trials.
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December 5, 1987 | Dave Distel
Now that the San Diego Yacht Club and Sail America have accepted Michael Fay's New Zealand challenge for a 1988 America's Cup competition, it is probably appropriate to clarify some perceptions and misconceptions about this controversial scenario. America's Cup, according to the Deed of Gift, is a perpetual trophy to be won or lost in friendly competition between foreign nations. True.
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January 30, 1987 | ANGUS PHILLIPS, The Washington Post
The first time Australian yacht designer Ben Lexcen saw Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes, he hooted. "Bloody banana boat," chuckled Lexcen, who designed the winged-keel Australia II, III and IV. He suggested Conner hire Harry Belafonte as bowman so he could sing "Day-O" when they sailed. To anyone accustomed to traditional 12-meters and the America's Cup, Stars & Stripes is indeed funny-looking, with a turned-up bow and stern that give it its distinctive banana profile.
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November 28, 1986 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Dennis Conner shared a plane ride from Sydney to Perth with Australia's national cricket team and invited the squad to go sailing. The team returned a note of thanks, explaining it would be busy playing against England for five days in Perth but hoped it could sail with Conner when it returns in January. The man who lost the America's Cup in 1983 was in an affable mood Thursday after a trip home to San Diego to check on his drapery business and make a speaking appearance at a business luncheon.
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October 27, 1986 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Kookaburras have become their own best competition, and Alan Bond's boys are worried. Skipper Peter Gilmour switched boats with Iain Murray Sunday and sailed Kookaburra III to a six-second win over stablemate Kookaburra II in the America's Cup defender trials. The victory over the older of the golden-hulled yachts left Kookaburra III (7-1) in first place, ahead of Bond's Australia IV (6-2). Last Tuesday, Murray, aboard Kookaburra III, defeated Gilmour on Kookaburra II by two seconds.
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April 6, 1986 | United Press International
"Fame is the pits. Fame is awful. It's not something you want once you achieve it." --BEN LEXCEN, designer of Australia II For 20 years, yacht designer Ben Lexcen chased an elusive siren named the America's Cup. The quest at times was almost mythical with the silver trophy vanishing when it came within reach. In 1983, Lexcen and a group of Dutch scientists decided to gambled on high technology and a revolutionary new 12-meter keel design.
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October 18, 1986 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Dennis Conner lost in the committee room Friday but defeated New Zealand's fiberglass boat where it counts--on the water. Conner's Stars & Stripes wiped out the controversial KZ7's unblemished record with a 49-second victory in the America's Cup challenger series, but Conner was unable to get enough support for his request for core samples to be drilled from the hull of the rival craft. "It was just another race," Conner joked after one of the closest matches yet.
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