September 10, 1988 |
Dennis Conner said he only did what he had to do to keep the America's Cup. Conner won sailing's most prestigious trophy for the third time yesterday, breezing to an easy victory to complete a 2-0 whitewash of New Zealand in a best-of-three series that now heads for a New York courtroom. "This wasn't something we wanted to do. We had a job and did it," Conner said after his Stars & Stripes, a 60-foot catamaran, left the huge challenger from New Zealand miles behind, winning by 21 minutes, 10 seconds.
October 19, 1986 |
"Who would have thought three guys from Philly would end up winging around on a 12-meter for the America's Cup?" - Jon Wright All right, so the Kensington and Allegheny Yacht Club is not an official entry here, and most people back in Philly wouldn't know a keel from a spinnaker. But if Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes manages to win back the America's Cup, the Philadelphia area should get to show it off for at least a month. The reason is simple: Despite a less-than-national reputation for sailing, three members of Stars & Stripes' crew are from the Philadelphia area.
February 20, 2013
The Stars & Stripes youth football team will return to Italy to face the Italian under-19 national team on April 13 in Turin in the 2013 Global Bowl, and Episcopal coach Bill Gallagher is set to coach the running backs and linebackers. The Stars & Stripes roster is expected to be announced in the next few weeks. Last year, players were selected from 20 high schools in eight states. In beating the Italian under-19 national team, 50-0, Shawn Wilson of Malvern Prep was named offensive MVP after gaining 170 yards and scoring two touchdowns on just 10 carries.
April 18, 1992 |
Bill Koch benched his newest yacht, Kanza, and named his light-air boat, America3, to race against Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes in the best-of-13 America's Cup defender finals beginning today. Koch, the president and skipper of the America3 Foundation, made the move in a final attempt to dethrone the defending America's Cup skipper. Koch, an America's Cup rookie, also has learned that a little luck is needed against Conner, a three-time Cup winner. Conner has bounced back from bad luck and bad decisions several times in the last three months to remain alive in this regatta.
January 3, 1987 |
Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes raced to a 43-second victory over USA in strong winds, while New Zealand beat French Kiss by a 2:44 margin, with both winners sweeping into the America's Cup challenger finals yesterday. Skippers Tom Blackaller of USA and Marc Pajot of French Kiss solemnly watched the victors slice over the finish line off the coast of Fremantle to horn blasts of congratulations and champagne toasts from the spectator fleet. Stars & Stripes and New Zealand, skippered by Chris Dickson, will meet Jan. 13 in the first race of a best-of-seven series to decide the yacht that will challenge defending champion Australia's representative for the America's Cup. "Stars & Stripes will become the challenger," Blackaller predicted.
December 31, 1986 |
FREMANTLE, Australia - New Zealand edged French Kiss by only two boat lengths and Stars & Stripes routed USA yesterday as both yachts took 3-0 leads in the best-of-seven America's Cup challenger semifinals. One more victory by each of the winners will put New Zealand into the challenger finals against Stars & Stripes, with the winner to face the Australian defender for the Cup. The next competition will be Friday. FOOTBALL Louisiana State defensive end Roland Barbay's fight to play in the Sugar Bowl despite prior use of steroids continued yesterday, with the case moving from state to federal court and then being put off for another day. After a closed-door hearing in New Orleans, U.S. District Judge Robert Collins ordered the case to resume this morning for oral arguments.
January 17, 1987 |
Whether it is yacht racing, ice hockey or major-league baseball, a best-of- seven series is going to produce similar states of stress. Thus, when the crew members of New Zealand's KZ7 arrived at the dock on Challenger Harbor early yesterday, they had to feel the same sort of pressure that a baseball team feels when it's down 2 games to 0 in the World Series. One more loss and the New Zealanders could pretty much have pulled a tarp over their Plastic Fantastic, as the fiberglass boat has been dubbed.
February 7, 1987 |
A chartered jetliner took off yesterday carrying Dennis Conner and his Stars & Stripes crew to a presidential reception at the White House. The America's Cup rode in first class. The 100 or so members of the American party looked like a combination of returning yachtsmen and tourists. Many of the sailors wore souvenir Australian stockman's hats. The Aussies continued to show they had no hard feelings about Conner's 4-0 drubbing of their Kookaburra III, a victory which brought the Cup back to America from Down Under.
January 28, 1987 |
In any other winter, Jim Kavle might have spent this past weekend shoveling snow off the walkways back home in Rosemont, just outside of Philadelphia. Instead, while the snow continued to mount back in the States - as he was often reminded during phone calls from friends - Kavle was trying to shield his already leathery face from the relentless sunshine of Western Australia, while using his considerable arm muscles to turn the enormous 12-speed "coffee-grinder" winches on Stars & Stripes.
January 14, 1987 |
The fabled Fremantle Doctor made its midafternoon house call upon the Indian Ocean yesterday, but it was American skipper Dennis Conner who played the role of surgeon. Make that plastic surgeon, as Conner sailed a flawless race aboard his pale- blue yacht, Stars & Stripes, and took apart the "Plastic Fantastic" fiberglass yacht New Zealand, winning by 1 minute and 20 seconds. It might only be a start, giving the American yacht a 1-0 lead in this best-of-seven America's Cup challenger final, which will resume today, but Conner certainly twisted a few Kiwi noses out of joint.