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May 9, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A statistical comparison of the boats Il Moro di Venezia and America 3 in recent races revealed that Bill Koch's crew was 1 minute 32 seconds faster around its race course than the Italians were around theirs. And yet, in a survey of international experts covering the America's Cup, 22 of 29 picked the Italians to win.
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May 9, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Koch the capitalist looks at Bill Koch the sailor and allows that as a businessman, he's a pretty fair sailor. The America 3 boss, who opens defense of the America's Cup against Italy's Il Moro di Venezia today, says the campaign has become too expensive and the spy games have gotten out of hand. "The money is obscene," says Koch, who says he has spent $64 million, about 10% of his worth. "It's too much. It could be better spent.
SPORTS
May 8, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS
Bill Koch the capitalist looks at Bill Koch the sailor and allows that as a businessman, he's a pretty fair sailor. The America 3 boss, who opens defense of the America's Cup against Italy's Il Moro di Venezia Saturday, says the campaign has become too expensive and the spy games have gotten out of hand. "The money is obscene," said Koch, who confessed he has spent $64 million, about 10% of his worth. "It's too much. It could be better spent.
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May 4, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A couple of funny things happened to Dennis Conner and Sir Michael Fay on their way to their showdown for the America's Cup. The rivalry that had been building on insults and lawsuits through three campaigns over the last five years evaporated last week when two multimillionaire upstarts, Bill Koch and Raul Gardini, sailed to the best-of-seven match starting Saturday. Conner brought the Cup to San Diego.
SPORTS
May 2, 1992 | From Associated Press
Big Bad Dennis Conner is neither big nor bad anymore in the America's Cup. Bill Koch, backed by his multimillion-dollar, multimegabyte America3 Foundation, on Friday knocked Conner back to the docks for the first time in 12 years and earned the right to defend the America's Cup for the San Diego Yacht Club. Conner's Stars & Stripes went meekly.
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May 2, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Was it supposed to happen this way? Wasn't the rich guy just supposed to bring a boat, serve as Dennis Conner's sparring partner, get him tuned up to defend the America's Cup and then go home, thank you very much? Somewhere Bill Koch got the idea he wanted to win the whole thing. He put his America 3 team in position to do so Friday when he trounced Conner's Stars & Stripes by 5 minutes, 8 seconds to win the defender finals, 7-4, off three straight victories.
SPORTS
May 2, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS
Bill Koch has his own style of public relations. Near the end of Friday's easy victory that won the defender trials, anticipating that ESPN commentator Gary Jobson would be asking for permission to come aboard afterward, Koch stepped forward to address the crew. "Question," Koch said, still wearing a TV microphone, "a serious question: Do we want Gary Jobson on board this boat for an interview after the race? "He's dug his own grave. We don't hold any grudges, but it's up to you all.
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May 2, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Was it supposed to happen this way? Wasn't the rich guy simply supposed to bring a boat, serve as Dennis Conner's sparring partner, get Conner tuned up to defend the America's Cup and then go home? Somewhere Bill Koch got the idea he wanted to win the whole thing. He put his America 3 team in position to do so Friday when he trounced Conner's Stars & Stripes by 5 minutes 8 seconds to win the defender finals, 7-4, off three consecutive victories.
SPORTS
May 2, 1992 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You snooze, you swim. Everyone was fair game Friday afternoon at the America 3 compound. This looked more like Animal House than the house that billionaire industrialist Bill Koch built. Come to think of it, wasn't that Koch who threw Malin Burnham, America's Cup Organizing Committee president, into the briny deep? A dripping wet Tom Ehman, ACOC general manager, turned to Burnham and said, "They never did this at the New York Yacht Club." Those wild and crazy Cubens.
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May 1, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The megamillion challenge of Sir Michael Fay ended quietly Thursday when Il Moro di Venezia beat New Zealand by 1 minute 33 seconds to claim the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger trials, 5-3, and await the winner of the defender finals for the best-of-seven America's Cup match, starting May 9. In the defender series, America 3's Bill Koch dispatched Stars & Stripes by 1:43 to go ahead, 6-4, when the winds grew to the 14 knots at which his boat comes to life.
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