March 18, 1990 |
In the America's Cup at Fremantle in 1987, people called Chris Dickson the "U-Boat skipper," for the look in his steely blue eyes when his opponent came into his sights. Saturday the determined New Zealander locked onto Peter Isler and Robbie Haines in the best-of-three sailoffs of the 26th Congressional Cup at Long Beach and dispatched them as surely as if he had sent them to the bottom with torpedoes.
March 18, 1989 |
Rod Davis sailed his Catalina 38 into a slip at the Long Beach Yacht Club and checked his watch late Friday afternoon. "It's just coming up about noon," he said. "Supposed to be coming home from the hospital about now." Davis' thoughts were on New Zealand time. He'll remember this as the week his head and his heart were oceans apart.
March 19, 1989 |
Rod Davis was concerned before the anti-climactic windup of the 25th Congressional Cup Saturday. Davis, an American sailing for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, had already clinched an unprecedented third championship in sailing's premier match-racing series Friday but wanted to win with a 9-0 flourish, as he had in 1981. "It'll be interesting to see how it goes with the pressure off," he said on the way out to the race course.
March 16, 1988 |
Britain's Eddie Owen, who was to sailing last year what Al Unser Sr. was to auto racing, will open defense of his Congressional Cup championship today in the 24th running of the world's premier match-racing event at Long Beach. As Unser won the 1987 Indianapolis 500 after arriving at the track without a ride. Similarly, Owen had no boat until Ireland's Harold Cudmore decided to take a hike in the Himalayas rather than defend his '86 Congressional title.
March 16, 1989 |
Some people may never understand Rod Davis, who went to Australia an American and came back a Kiwi. Dennis Conner called him "Benedict Davis" for throwing in with New Zealand's America's Cup program after the 1987 competition at Fremantle, when Davis sailed the ill-fated Eagle for the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Others wondered why he'd rather live Down Under than in the United States, but it's not very complicated.
March 14, 1991 |
Chris Dickson, who is defending his championship in the Congressional Cup match-racing sailing event at Long Beach, was a brash young man from New Zealand when the world first encountered him in 1986. At the America's Cup at Fremantle, Western Australia, the 25-year-old upstart was a refreshing addition to the lineup at the mass media conferences, seen on late-night television. He frequently punctured the egos of the older, more serious skippers, who privately regarded him as a smart aleck.