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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.
March 9, 1986 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Competition for sailing's top prize is seven months and a hemisphere away, but a reasonable preview will blow into Long Beach this week. As a tuneup for the America's Cup, the 22nd Congressional Cup lacks only an ugly trophy, the flies of Fremantle, millions of dollars worth of 12-meter technology--and most of the Americans.
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.
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.
January 30, 1987 | EDITOR'S NOTE: Stories for this special America's Cup section were written by Rich Roberts, Times staff writer, who has been on assignment in Fremantle, Australia, since late November. Roberts, a recreational sailor, has written extensively about the sport and covered all classes of sailing for The Times during the 1984 Olympics. He will report on the final series, along with Times' sports columnist Mike Downey.
America's Cup crews come in all sizes and shapes. With all the jobs on a 12-meter sailboat, one size does not fit all. Scott Vogel, the bowman and boat captain on Stars & Stripes '87, is 5-8 and 165. Kyle Smith, a grinder, is 6-5 and 240. Dennis Conner is . . . expansive. But there are more subtle differences among the sailors, too. The challenging boat officially represents the San Diego Yacht Club but, in spirit, spans a cross-section of America.
June 4, 1987 | RICH ROBERTS
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 | RICH ROBERTS
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 | From Staff and Wire Reports
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 | From Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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