Editorial: Help Dennis Conner get recognition he deserves
It was 25 years ago this February that Dennis Conner and his San Diego Yacht Club-based crew on Stars Stripes won the America’s Cup. As veteran U-T San Diego sportswriter Bill Center wrote earlier this year, Conner’s remarkable victory off the western Australia coast over the outclassed Australian defending champion Kookaburra III completed “an incredible personal comeback for the skipper while changing the course of sailing and San Diego sports history.”
Conner, now a San Diego businessman, had been the first American skipper to lose the cup, his Liberty ship losing to Australia in the waters off Rhode Island in 1983. After years of hard work by Conner and a long list of crew members, craftsmen and San Diego supporters, he regained the America’s Cup for America, while achieving what many longtime San Diego residents consider to be the city’s greatest accomplishment in international sports. Conner ended up with four wins as skipper in the America’s Cup, as well as a long list of other sailing successes.
Now San Diegans have a chance to help Conner win the recognition he deserves. U.S. Sailing is sponsoring an online vote to name the Greatest American Sailor, and Conner has reached the finals vs. Buddy Melges of Wisconsin. To participate, go to:
Greatest American Sailor
We’re biased, of course. But Conner’s record truly is remarkable. Let’s help give him an early present for his upcoming 70th birthday in September.
Article source: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/17/key-segment-completed-major-water-pipeline/
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