COLD MAN AND THE SEA

DENNIS CONNER WOULD GO OVERBOARD TO MAKE SURE THE AMERICA'S CUP DOESN'T SAIL OFF TO NEW ZEALAND

Dennis Conner, the consummate yachtsman if not the consummate gentleman, is even more of a celebrity in New Zealand than in the U.S. Way Down Under, where sailing is a serious sport, the San Diego skipper is known not only as Mr. America's Cup, though, but also as Dirty Dennis. The moniker stems from his having publicly accused the Kiwis of cheating in 1987, when they were on the verge of winning the Cup's Challenger series. The charge was officially discounted, but the flustered New Zealanders, despite a 37-1 record in the trials, came unglued. Conner went on to thrash them...

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