Sport: Dragster in The Danger Zone

Dennis Conner leads the Kiwis in the challenge for the Cup

For sheer, world-class derangement, few pastimes can match that of smearing one's face with sunscreen goo, joining ten other hearty mates and smashing over the sea in multimillion-dollar pursuit of an ugly, and near worthless, silver jug. Yachtsmen often complain that ocean racing is like standing under an ice-cold shower tearing up thousand-dollar bills. Until recently, Dennis Conner, 44, skipper and mastermind of the smoke-blue Stars & Stripes, might have agreed.

Last week, however, as speakers on the Stars & Stripes tender boomed out the boat's theme song, Danger Zone, from the movie Top Gun, the skipper who lost the America's...

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