October 14, 1986 |
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.
June 5, 1987 |
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.
December 14, 1986 |
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.
August 11, 1989
Tom Blackaller skippered the American yacht Great News to victory in the 605-mile Fastnet race, concluding event of the Admiral's Cup in England, while Britain won the series.
June 4, 1987 |
About 45 seagoing International Offshore Rule sailboats from San Diego to San Francisco will compete in six classes of the eighth annual Long Beach Race Week today through Sunday. Races are scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. daily. Defending Class A champion is Jubilation, a Frers 44 entered by Jack S. James of Santa Barbara and to be sailed by Paul Cayard of San Francisco. Cayard was Tom Blackaller's tactician and alternate helmsman on USA, one of the America's Cup challenge round semifinalists.
December 29, 1986 |
Dennis Conner and controversy had another close shave Sunday night. Australian radio broadcaster Patrick Bowlen started to ask the San Diego sailor a question at the post-race press conference. "Dennis, uh . . . " "No comment," Conner interrupted. "You were trialing this morning against Australia III and Australia IV," Bowlen continued. "What conclusions did you draw from that, Dennis?" "No comment." "Can you tell me why 'no comment?' " "I said no comment.
November 6, 1986 |
Eagle had an easy time against Challenge France Wednesday in the America's Cup challenge series, as the Newport Beach entry was ahead by 4 minutes, 50 seconds on the final leg when Challenge France withdrew. Eagle, skippered by Rod Davis, is now 6-10 with 14 points. Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes had an equally easy time beating Heart of America by 4:40. Tom Blackaller's USA beat Azzurra by 3:58.
October 10, 1986 |
Has America's Cup sailing gone from "Keelgate" in 1983 to "Glassgate" in 1986? Dennis Conner confirmed Thursday that his Sail America syndicate of San Diego had filed a request with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, challenger of record governing the trials, regarding the construction of the New Zealand boat, the only 12-meter here constructed of fiberglass instead of aluminum. Conner's Stars & Stripes and New Zealand's KZ7 are the only two boats still unbeaten in the first week of trials.
February 12, 1992 |
Another day, another drubbing for Dennis Conner, but is Alberto Calderon concerned? "I'm quite pleased with the results, actually," Calderon said Tuesday before Stars & Stripes lost to America 33 by six minutes, after losses to America 33 by 6:23 and Defiant by 4:16 earlier in this second round of the America's Cup defender trials.