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September 8, 1989 | Associated Press
Tom Blackaller, a three-time America's Cup competitor, died Thursday while practicing for Sunday's sports car race at Sears Point International Raceway. Blackaller, 52, pulled his Sports 2000 race car off the track near Turn 7, apparently in full cardiac arrest. He was treated by paramedics and taken via helicopter to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m.
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September 10, 1989 | TED BROCK, Special to The Times: Ted Brock teaches sportswriting at USC
My cousin Tom Blackaller, the champion sailor and America's Cup contender, died of cardiac arrest at Sears Point Raceway Thursday, getting ready for an auto race this weekend. Tom was a character straight out of a Damon Runyon story: funny, charming, disarming, blustery as any northwest wind that ever screamed through the Golden Gate and slammed into the St. Francis Yacht Club.
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SPORTS
April 10, 1989
Former America's Cup semifinalist Tom Blackaller upset Salem ProSail 40 champion Randy Smyth of Huntington Beach to win the $100,000 Carolina Cup at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Pete Melvin of Seal Beach took the Hobie 21 class by placing first and fourth in the final two races Sunday. Blackaller, of Sausalito, Calif., went into the final two races tied with Smyth. Sailing in light winds of six to eight knots, Blackaller sailed his U.S. Video-Pecco catamaran to two third-place finishes to win the event with 11.50 points.
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September 8, 1989 | Associated Press
Tom Blackaller, a three-time America's Cup competitor, died Thursday while practicing for Sunday's sports car race at Sears Point International Raceway. Blackaller, 52, pulled his Sports 2000 race car off the track near Turn 7, apparently in full cardiac arrest. He was treated by paramedics and taken via helicopter to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m.
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October 5, 1986
San Francisco skipper Tom Blackaller's contention that taking off in a F-14 Tomcat from an aircraft carrier deck is easier than to jibe around the wing mark was good for a few laughs ("The Race to Recover the Cup," by David DeVoss, Aug. 31). Having raced sailboats and flown F-14s, my observation is that if the sailing maneuver isn't executed correctly, you'll lose the race. If you screw up the takeoff, you lose your life. Don A. Frasier Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station
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September 10, 1989 | TED BROCK, Special to The Times: Ted Brock teaches sportswriting at USC
My cousin Tom Blackaller, the champion sailor and America's Cup contender, died of cardiac arrest at Sears Point Raceway Thursday, getting ready for an auto race this weekend. Tom was a character straight out of a Damon Runyon story: funny, charming, disarming, blustery as any northwest wind that ever screamed through the Golden Gate and slammed into the St. Francis Yacht Club.
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November 3, 1986 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Tom Blackaller, sailing his radical USA 12-meter, upset longtime adversary Dennis Conner by 39 seconds as the second round of the America's Cup challenger trials got underway Sunday. In another race, Eagle's modifications seemed to have improved the Newport Beach boat's performance, but it wasn't enough to avert a 1:49 loss to co-leader America II. The second-round pairings for the 12 remaining challengers were rearranged because of the withdrawal of Courageous IV.
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November 10, 1986 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The New York Yacht Club's America II beat wild weather, San Francisco's USA and a blockade of angry lobstermen Sunday to set up a second-round showdown with New Zealand today in the America's Cup challenger trials. America II's only loss in 19 races has been to New Zealand, which has lost only to Dennis Conner. America II skipper John Kolius trounced Tom Blackaller on USA by 1:18 in sail-shredding, 26- to 30-knot winds that sent two South Australian crewmen overboard.
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March 10, 1985 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
The storm warnings went up when the Long Beach Yacht Club invited Tom Blackaller back to compete in its prestigious Congressional Cup match racing series a year ago, and the forecasts were accurate. Blackaller, a world-class sailor from San Francisco, can be alternately as charming as a summer breeze or as abrasive as a chain saw. He left after losing all six of his races over the first two days, complaining of a slow boat and a poor mainsail.
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December 26, 1986 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Eagle, a proud bird, is dead but may yet play a small part in the America's Cup. After placing 10th in the trial rounds with a record of 10 wins and 24 losses, the Newport Beach 12-meter has become a donor boat, offering its equipment and expertise to the surviving syndicates. Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes has borrowed a few sails, while New Zealand and USA may benefit from some of skipper Rod Davis' input in the challenger semifinals starting Sunday.
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April 10, 1989
Former America's Cup semifinalist Tom Blackaller upset Salem ProSail 40 champion Randy Smyth of Huntington Beach to win the $100,000 Carolina Cup at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Pete Melvin of Seal Beach took the Hobie 21 class by placing first and fourth in the final two races Sunday. Blackaller, of Sausalito, Calif., went into the final two races tied with Smyth. Sailing in light winds of six to eight knots, Blackaller sailed his U.S. Video-Pecco catamaran to two third-place finishes to win the event with 11.50 points.
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June 5, 1987 | Rich Roberts
The powers of sailing, in their wisdom, realized many years ago that there were many different kinds of boats, and they were not created equal. So they devised various handicap systems to equalize competition so the better sailors would not be penalized because they sailed slower boats. The boats would all start even, but the first to finish would not necessarily be the winner. Nobody would know who got the trophies until the clockings went into the calculators.
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December 26, 1986 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Eagle, a proud bird, is dead but may yet play a small part in the America's Cup. After placing 10th in the trial rounds with a record of 10 wins and 24 losses, the Newport Beach 12-meter has become a donor boat, offering its equipment and expertise to the surviving syndicates. Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes has borrowed a few sails, while New Zealand and USA may benefit from some of skipper Rod Davis' input in the challenger semifinals starting Sunday.
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December 14, 1986 | ANGUS PHILLIPS, Washington Post
Every evening when America's Cup challenger USA comes back to its berth, a $10,000 Hewlett-Packard Vectra computer is just starting its workday. Data gathered by electronic sensors on the radical, two-ruddered San Francisco boat are offloaded into the computer and Andy Dovell, USA's performance analyst, goes to work in the dark, crunching numbers to find out what makes USA go. "Right now I'm doing a two-day study on tacking," said Dovell, turning from his screen.
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November 10, 1986 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The New York Yacht Club's America II beat wild weather, San Francisco's USA and a blockade of angry lobstermen Sunday to set up a second-round showdown with New Zealand today in the America's Cup challenger trials. America II's only loss in 19 races has been to New Zealand, which has lost only to Dennis Conner. America II skipper John Kolius trounced Tom Blackaller on USA by 1:18 in sail-shredding, 26- to 30-knot winds that sent two South Australian crewmen overboard.
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November 3, 1986 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Tom Blackaller, sailing his radical USA 12-meter, upset longtime adversary Dennis Conner by 39 seconds as the second round of the America's Cup challenger trials got underway Sunday. In another race, Eagle's modifications seemed to have improved the Newport Beach boat's performance, but it wasn't enough to avert a 1:49 loss to co-leader America II. The second-round pairings for the 12 remaining challengers were rearranged because of the withdrawal of Courageous IV.
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October 25, 1986 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Dennis Conner, tanned, confident and riding a crest of victories, said Friday that the America's Cup challengers have already divided themselves into contenders and pretenders, with Eagle among the pretenders. "They're finished," Conner said of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club's effort that won only four races and lost eight in the first round of trials this month. "They don't seem to be in it at all."
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October 14, 1986 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Southern California's two America's Cup entrants suffered their first serious setbacks Monday in the first round of challenger trials, losing to rival American boats. Rod Davis' Eagle from Newport Beach was defeated by USA from San Francisco by 2:24, and Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes from San Diego lost by 33 seconds to America II of New York.
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October 25, 1986 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Dennis Conner, tanned, confident and riding a crest of victories, said Friday that the America's Cup challengers have already divided themselves into contenders and pretenders, with Eagle among the pretenders. "They're finished," Conner said of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club's effort that won only four races and lost eight in the first round of trials this month. "They don't seem to be in it at all."
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October 14, 1986 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Southern California's two America's Cup entrants suffered their first serious setbacks Monday in the first round of challenger trials, losing to rival American boats. Rod Davis' Eagle from Newport Beach was defeated by USA from San Francisco by 2:24, and Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes from San Diego lost by 33 seconds to America II of New York.
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