Going For the America's Cup

Dennis Conner is racing to come back

The America's Cup, yachting's great and garish grail, is a tumorous tureen no handsomer than a camel. In 1983 the news was not only that it was lost but that it was losable. A 132-year winning streak, the longest in all sport, was broken over the ample shoulders of San Diego Skipper Dennis Conner, the best and unlikeliest sailor in the world. He means to win it back this week.

Throughout the century and a third of challenges, lately spaced three summers apart, the dandruffy commodores of the New York Yacht Club (N.Y.Y.C.) kept polishing the silverware and admiring their own...

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