Dennis Conner, his name is synonymous with America’s Cup

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We are introducing you to the 30 legends of sailing. Now it is your turn to choose the greatest sailor of all time.

30 Sailors of History QOK.qxd:Layout 1The myth of Dennis Conner (San Diego, 1942) was born in 1974 when he won his first America’s Cup as starting coxswain (aboard Corageous). Since 1980 he has tied his career, inextricably, to the America’s Cup: as skipper, he won it in ’80 with Freedom, lost it in ’83 on Liberty, and went on to win it back in Australia, with Stars&Stripes, four years later. In 1988 he defended the Cup against the New Zealanders aboard the Stars&Stripes catamaran: he then ran 4 more less successful campaigns.

Dennis Conner.“Big Bad” Dennis, black beast of journalists, is also known as Mr. America’s Cup. He boasts two round-the-world appearances (with the VOR 60 Winston and Toshiba) and two Etchells world golds as well as two Star rainbow titles and a Tempest Olympic bronze.

Because: He won the America’s Cup four times by having the determination to win it back after losing it.

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Ben Ainslie
Peter Blake
Dee Caffari
Franck Cammas
Paul Cayard
Francis Chichester
Dennis Conner
Russell Coutts
Laura Dekker
Michel Desjoyeaux
Alexander Di Benedetto
Vito Dumas
Paul Elvstrom
Ambrose Fogar
François Gabart
Torben Grael
Francis Joyon
Robin Knox-Johnston
Ellen MacArthur
Bernard Moitessier
Mauro Pelaschier
Loick Peyron
Cino Ricci
Alessandra Sensini
Ernest Shackleton
Joshua Slocum
John Soldini
Agostino Straulino
Eric Tabarly
Vasco Vascotto

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