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By Marty Klinkenberg and Marty Klinkenberg,Knight-Ridder News Service | April 30, 1992
SAN DIEGO -- Dennis Conner stood with one hand on his hips and the other on the steering wheel of Stars & Stripes.It was midway through yesterday's race at the America's Cup defender finals and Conner was feeling both awestruck and vulnerable.Bill Koch's America3 had just roared alongside with such velocity that Conner was helpless to halt his opponent's advance."That boat is like a rocket ship," Conner told his crew. "It is so fast that there is nothing I can do. It is amazing they could ever lose a race with the thing."
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Staff Writer | May 20, 1993
A year ago, Dawn Riley just had completed 18 months o intensive sailing with Bill Koch's victorious America3 syndicate in the America's Cup when she won the Santa Maria Cup at the Inner Harbor.In the months since winning the only women's match racing regatta in the United States, Riley has been in among the big guns of yachting, a woman skipper in an area of the sport dominated by men.Today, Riley again will take the helm of a 22-foot sloop in the regatta that launched her on the same race courses with Russell Coutts, Peter Isler, Ed Baird, Paul Cayard and Chris Dickson.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | February 21, 2010
Where did she come from? New York town. Who was her skipper? Old Dick Brown. Because of the snow and the chaos it exacted over the past week, you might have missed a short item in Monday's Baltimore Sun sports section reporting that, after a long drought, the America's Cup, the oldest trophy in international sports, will return to the U.S. after it had been in European hands for the past 15 years. The trophy made its trans-Atlantic return after USA 17, owned by software tycoon Larry Ellison, swept by Switzerland's two-time defender Alinghi in waters off Valencia, Spain, last Sunday in the 33rd America's Cup competition.
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By PETER BAKER | March 27, 1994
Dennis Conner was in Annapolis on Wednesday evening to give something back to yachting, the sport that has carried him from training sessions in a lapstrake dinghy to world-class competitions such as the Whitbread Round the World Race and the America's Cup.While on the deck of the Annapolis Yacht Club, where later he would preside over a program to benefit the club's junior sailing program, Conner recounted something of his beginnings in sailing, his triumphs...
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May 6, 1995
Somehow the America's Cup competition always boils down to being about Dennis Conner.Whether you think Mr. Conner is the obnoxious Ty Cobb of sailing, as one commentator put it, or the loveable Babe Ruth of the sport, as a rival described him, the best-known U.S. skipper is front and center once again as the 29th contest for the most cherished trophy in sailboat match racing begins today.Twice in the competition to defend the cup against foreign challengers, Mr. Conner was counted out. His Stars & Stripes lost out to two other U.S. boats in the semi-finals, but in a back-room deal he was permitted to compete in the finals with a handicap.
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By Bruce Stannard and Bruce Stannard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 25, 2000
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Paul Cayard is doing a pretty good imitation of a tightly coiled spring, a guy ready at any moment to jump out of his skin. Tomorrow, weather permitting, Cayard's $32 million AmericaOne campaign goes head-to-head against Italy's $80 million Prada Challenge in the opening match of the best-of-nine America's Cup challenger finals. At stake is the right to challenge the defender, Team New Zealand, in the America's Cup regatta in mid-February. The volcanic pressure has been building day by day here.
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By Bruce Stannard and Bruce Stannard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 3, 2000
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Two years ago, Prada's America's Cup skipper Francesco de Angelis knew nothing about the art of match racing. There are some among the American contingent here who maintain that that is still the case. They are wrong. During the past four months and the past few days in particular, de Angelis has learned the hard way that match racing at the America's Cup level is very much like back-street brawling. In the past two races alone, AmericaOne skipper Paul Cayard has shown de Angelis how to win tight races while bringing his American entry back from a 3-1 deficit to knot the best-of-nine challengers series at three victories apiece.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 21, 2000
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Paul Cayard, the sailor thought most likely to bring the America's Cup back to its long-standing home in the United States, has a reasoned view of his failure to do so. He was, he says, distracted from the ultimate goal of reaching the finishing line first by the more immediate challenge of making sure he had enough money even to get to the starting line. For much of the past three years he was focusing on fund-raising for AmericaOne, one of five U.S. boats defeated in the Louis Vuitton challenger series here for the right to challenge the New Zealanders for the America's Cup. For nine months he was sailing the Swedish boat EF Language to victory in the 32,000-mile Whitbread Round The World race.
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By Peter Baker | April 28, 1991
On Saturday, the International America's Cup Class will make its competitive debut in the IACC World Championships to be sailed in the Pacific Ocean off San Diego.The championships, a prelude to the 28th America's Cup competition in 1992, has drawn a field of nine boats from six countries.The United States, Italy, France, Japan, New Zealand and Spain all have entries in the championships, which are a combination of fleet and match races.Spain, a first time entrant, will sail a New Zealand boat.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | April 24, 2009
More than 1,100 sailors from around the world are in Annapolis for a three-day regatta that will decide local and regional bragging rights for 21 classes and serve as the tuneup for the J/24 world championships next weekend. The National Offshore One Design regatta, which begins Friday and takes place at the mouth of the Severn River and in the Chesapeake Bay, traditionally draws the largest number of competitors in the nine-event series that stretches from coast to coast. This year, 265 boats have been entered, with more expected before racing begins.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,Sun reporter | November 8, 2007
A Who's Who of competitive sailing will face off tomorrow and Saturday at the Inner Harbor for the renewal of the Senator's Cup. The regatta, which will be visible from the lawn at Fort McHenry, will feature six skippers - all of them America's Cup veterans - in one-on-one match racing in 35-foot sailboats. "Spectators will be able to see the sailing qualities and intensity of America's Cup action right from the shoreline. The races will be quick and closely fought," said John A. Pica Jr., a former state senator and founder of the event.
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June 27, 2007
Good morning -- Sailing racers -- You might be staging great races, but with no U.S. boat, Americans aren't watching the America's Cup.
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By ANNIE LINSKEY and ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER | December 22, 2005
There is video footage taken when oneAustralia cracked apart and sank during the America's Cup race in 1995. There are national awards presented yearly to top sailors at fancy banquets. There is even a machine that simulates the experience of sailing - without the user ever getting in the water. The sport of sailing has no shortage of drama, history or gadgetry, but until yesterday when Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced that a Sailing Hall of Fame would be established in Annapolis, the sport had no single place to tell its full story.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2004
"America's Sailing Capital," that would be Annapolis, right? Annapolis, as in the home of the Naval Academy, as in the only North American stopover on the 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race, as in the home of author and broadcaster Gary Jobson, yacht designer Bruce Farr and more regattas than you can shake a spinnaker at. It says so right on the hand-carved, gold-leaf sign right at the Spa Creek bridge. No less than a city council proclamation in 1995 backs up the claim with legislative might. "If anybody can deny us this title, let them come forward or forever hold their peace," declared then-Mayor Al Hopkins after the vote.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | August 18, 2004
ATHENS - Gary Jobson has a bad comb-over. And that's a good thing. Sixteen months after a diagnosis of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, the Annapolis man known as sailing's greatest ambassador is back, providing commentary of the Olympic regatta for NBC. "I had scans just before I came over, and I'm clean. My stamina's getting better. I'm skinny, but I just about have enough hair to comb over," he said, laughing. Jobson is producing and hosting a 30-minute nightly Olympics sailing program for NBC, which is being broadcast at midnight on the Bravo network.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood | October 5, 1995
Musician for a dayEver want to be a musician? Here's your chance. In recognition of National Arts and Humanities Month, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will hold a free "Musical Open House" Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Would-be musicians can learn to conduct the symphony, play an instrument, sing along with members of the BSO Chorus or join a musical petting zoo by trying out various instruments used by the orchestra.There...
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By Bruce Stannard and Bruce Stannard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 7, 2000
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Sir Peter Blake now knows exactly how Gen. George Custer felt at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Surrounded by show-no-mercy enemies, all he can do is smooth his straw-colored mustache and get ready for one hell of a fight. Blake is CEO of Team New Zealand, the beleaguered America's Cup defender. Having won sailing's supreme prize in San Diego in 1995, he and his Team New Zealand now face the daunting task of defending the Cup successfully -- something no other nation outside the United States has ever done.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2003
Gary Jobson's ship has come in. The Annapolis yachtsman, author and television commentator will be honored for his tireless promotion of sailing when he is inducted Oct. 16 into the America's Cup Hall of Fame. The selection of Jobson and Australian Alan Bond - both America's Cup winners - was announced yesterday by the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, R.I. They will join the 53-member Hall, which includes Dennis Conner, Russell Coutts, Ted Turner and the late Sir Peter Blake. "It's a huge honor," said Jobson, 52. "When I look at the list of members, I feel quite humble.
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