After a hiatus of many years, Dennis Conner and the New York Yacht Club are back together. On Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 29, in the beautiful, tradition-filled model room of the NYYC, filled to capacity with world-renowned sailing dignitaries, George M. Isdale ("Dooie"), commodore of the NYYC, announced partnership with Dennis Conner, the NYYC and the ebusiness software giant, Computer Associates, from Islandia, to bring the America's Cup home to the United States. What a team this will be. The sentimental favorite, Dennis Conner has won more than 100 America's Cup Trial races, won the America's Cup in 1964, 1980, 1987 and 1988. No skipper has been more successful in the modern America's Cup. It would be a dream for me to bring the Cup back to the United States, and to the trophy room at the New York Yacht Club." Team DC's (as in Dennis Conner) all-American crew will include Tom Whidden, tactician since 1980; Ken Read, his helmsman in 1999-2000, who was 4th in the 19th International Knickerbocker Cup here in Port Washington in early October; Terry Hutchinson, mainsail trimmer for Paul Cayard's AmericaOne; Mike Toppa, trimmer; and Bill Trenkle, president of Dennis Conner Sports who has raced with Conner in the America's Cup since 1980. No other U.S. challenger for the Cup can boast a totally homegrown team.
Add Computer Associates to this winning team, and by February, 2003, the Cup will be back at the NYYC, where it belongs. Computer Associates, the third largest computer company in the world, is also the worldwide leading ebusiness solutions provider. According to Bill Trenkle, team DC director of operations, Computer Associates, as a platinum level sponsor, will provide $10 million in both cash and technology products. What is so very exciting about the partnership with Computer Associates is that their award-winning ebusiness solutions will be utilized to ensure the optimum performance of the yacht. The team will implement a variety of CA (Computer Associates) solutions to gather, store, analyze, manage and distribute information about Stars and Stripes during many stages of the racing program. What this means is that proprietary software will be able to use stored data to predict pending events during a race. According to Ken Fitzpatrick, CA's general manager of global marketing, "the America's Cup is the oldest sporting trophy in the world and ultimately rewards the country that assembles the best managers, scientists, technologies, and athletes. By teaming with four-time Americ's Cup Champion Dennis Conner and his all-star crew, and by leveraging CA's core technologies, we're on a mission to help bring the cup back to America."
Fast forward to February, 2003. Imagine the Cup back home in the Trophy Room of the NYYC. The next America's Cup could be sailed in local waters. The decision is ultimately a decision of the NYYC, which could pick another location along the eastern seaboard. Speaking about New York, Dennis Conner said "I think this would be the logical place to sail - it started here. The water off Sandy Hook is a great place to sail. Can you imagine how the Cup would do here based on the Chelsea Piers or Governors Island?" It's now up to Team DC to turn this dream into reality.
In other news:
On a cold and sunny Sunday afternoon, 14 skippers and crew were on the starting line for the first of two races held in what one RC member described as wind conditions from "0-2 knots, gusting to 4" An hour delay after the first race motivated six boats to head for land. The second race was completed in very light wind, after which racing was canceled for the rest of the day. Results: Tie for first place: Pedro Lorson/Mimi Berry (#536), and Matt Kelley/Susan Kinsey (#769), 3. Fee Mitropoulous/Amelia Amon (#121). There was no crew race. Frostbiters are looking forward to the three-day New Years Regatta on Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. 1.
Manhasset Bay was not the only location with little to no wind over the weekend. The race committee at the St. Petersburg YC, host to the Rolex 2000 ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship was forced to cancel their final round due to lack of wind on the afternoon of Dec. 2. The results of the championship were based on the semifinal round. Dorte Jensen of Denmark won the Rolex 2000 ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship, topping off a week of flawless teamwork and tactical excellence that led her to the top of every round she sailed. In addition an ISAF gold medal, Jensen received a stainless steel Lady Datejust Rolex timepiece presented by Bill Sandberg, manager of advertising and promotion, Rolex Watch, U.S.A. Jensen became the first two-time ISAF Women's World Match racing champion. Final finish 1. Dorte Jensen (DEN) 2. Marie Bjorling (SWE) 3. Betsy Alison (USA) 4. Shirley Robertson (GBR) 5. Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED) 6. Hannah Sweet (USA) 7. Katie Spithill (AUS) 8. Paula Lewin (BER) 9. Christine Briand (FRA) 10. Cristina Monina (ITA) 11. Malin Millbourn (SWE) 12. Cordelia Eglin (GBR) 13. Carolijn Brouwer (NED) 14. Amy Waring (NZL) 15. Dru Slattery (USA)