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March 6, 1995 | RICH ROBERTS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Skipper John Bertrand said he heard a loud crack that sounded like a cannon going off. He thought the mast had broken, but the boat began to fold like a sheet of cardboard in the center. Helmsman Rod Davis said, "I think we're gonna sink." Davis looked at designer Iain Murray, who was minding the running backstays, to confirm his assessment of the situation. Murray said, "Yes, we're gonna sink."
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SPORTS
December 12, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS
John Bertrand outsailed everybody except the U.S. Navy on Friday in winning the first race of the weekend's U.S. Formula One Yachting Grand Prix. Despite a close encounter with a destroyer returning to port on the second of six laps around an 8 1/2-mile course inside San Diego Bay, Bertrand led at all 14 marks and by a comfortable 64 seconds at the finish. France's Marc Pajot was second, 12 seconds ahead of Britain's Harold Cudmore-Chris Law entry, with San Diego's Dennis Conner and J.J.
SPORTS
November 30, 1991
Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes--no not that Stars & Stripes--opened the United States series of the World Yachting Grand Prix with a victory Friday on San Diego Bay. John Bertrand, Conner's tactician and alternate helmsman, sailed Conner's Formula One yacht into a comfortable lead after trailing Scottish Enterprise for the first two legs of the 10-mile course, held in 12- to 20-knot winds.
SPORTS
February 14, 1992 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Dennis Conner's away, the crew will play. And what a glorious game it was. With the boss man otherwise engaged, Team Dennis Conner took to the rocky seas in Round 2 of the defender trials Thursday, against Defiant, a feisty little boat belonging to Bill Koch and his America 3 syndicate. Defiant, Koch's No. 2 yacht in a fleet of four, had routinely whipped Stars & Stripes in four previous meetings. And then came Thursday, along with its 7-foot swells and up to 14 knots of wind.
SPORTS
March 6, 1995 | RICH ROBERTS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Skipper John Bertrand said he heard a loud crack that sounded like a cannon going off. He thought the mast had broken, but the boat began to fold like a sheet of cardboard in the center. Helmsman Rod Davis said, "I think we're gonna sink." Davis looked at designer Iain Murray, who was minding the running backstays, to confirm his assessment of the situation. Murray said, "Yes, we're gonna sink."
SPORTS
September 6, 1990 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Let's go sailin' now, everybody's learnin' how . . . Those natty cats in blue blazers who run the America's Cup nearly fell off their deck chairs a couple of months ago, when a 1939 Ford Woody with surfboards on top pulled up in front of the yacht club. Five men jumped out, kicked the sand off their feet and asked where they could go to enter the race. Well, it wasn't quite like that, but the imagery plays well.
SPORTS
February 7, 1987 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Lumps in their throats, tears in their eyes--John Bertrand knew how Dennis Conner and the Stars & Stripes crew felt when they took possession of the America's Cup Friday. Bertrand felt the same way after sailing Australia II to victory at Newport, R.I., in 1983. This time, he was left alone to deal with the pain in his heart. "I'm very disappointed right now," Bertrand said. "We fought too long and hard to get it here to see it go so easily. A 4-0 whitewash just staggers me."
SPORTS
December 12, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS
John Bertrand outsailed everybody except the U.S. Navy on Friday in winning the first race of the weekend's U.S. Formula One Yachting Grand Prix. Despite a close encounter with a destroyer returning to port on the second of six laps around an 8 1/2-mile course inside San Diego Bay, Bertrand led at all 14 marks and by a comfortable 64 seconds at the finish. France's Marc Pajot was second, 12 seconds ahead of Britain's Harold Cudmore-Chris Law entry, with San Diego's Dennis Conner and J.J.
SPORTS
February 14, 1992 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Dennis Conner's away, the crew will play. And what a glorious game it was. With the boss man otherwise engaged, Team Dennis Conner took to the rocky seas in Round 2 of the defender trials Thursday, against Defiant, a feisty little boat belonging to Bill Koch and his America 3 syndicate. Defiant, Koch's No. 2 yacht in a fleet of four, had routinely whipped Stars & Stripes in four previous meetings. And then came Thursday, along with its 7-foot swells and up to 14 knots of wind.
SPORTS
November 30, 1991
Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes--no not that Stars & Stripes--opened the United States series of the World Yachting Grand Prix with a victory Friday on San Diego Bay. John Bertrand, Conner's tactician and alternate helmsman, sailed Conner's Formula One yacht into a comfortable lead after trailing Scottish Enterprise for the first two legs of the 10-mile course, held in 12- to 20-knot winds.
SPORTS
September 6, 1990 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Let's go sailin' now, everybody's learnin' how . . . Those natty cats in blue blazers who run the America's Cup nearly fell off their deck chairs a couple of months ago, when a 1939 Ford Woody with surfboards on top pulled up in front of the yacht club. Five men jumped out, kicked the sand off their feet and asked where they could go to enter the race. Well, it wasn't quite like that, but the imagery plays well.
SPORTS
February 7, 1987 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Lumps in their throats, tears in their eyes--John Bertrand knew how Dennis Conner and the Stars & Stripes crew felt when they took possession of the America's Cup Friday. Bertrand felt the same way after sailing Australia II to victory at Newport, R.I., in 1983. This time, he was left alone to deal with the pain in his heart. "I'm very disappointed right now," Bertrand said. "We fought too long and hard to get it here to see it go so easily. A 4-0 whitewash just staggers me."
SPORTS
September 8, 1985 | United Press International
John Bertrand, the Australian helmsman who wrenched the America's Cup away from the United States two years ago, is a champion with a new mission. Instead of mastering his country's upcoming defense from an international field of competitors off Fremantle, Australia, Bertrand is transferring all he has learned about winning match races to generating corporate success for Australian business people.
SPORTS
January 4, 1987 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
The hand-to-mouth Sydney entry gave this America's Cup a built-in joke from the beginning. A crewman from the rival powerhouse Alan Bond syndicate said: "I'd rather be brown bread than sail on a boat with a name like that." On its first day out for a test sail in Sydney harbor, in full view of the famous bridge and opera house, the 12-meter rammed its tender.
SPORTS
September 8, 1985 | United Press International
John Bertrand, the Australian helmsman who wrenched the America's Cup away from the United States two years ago, is a champion with a new mission. Instead of mastering his country's upcoming defense from an international field of competitors off Fremantle, Australia, Bertrand is transferring all he has learned about winning match races to generating corporate success for Australian business people.
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