From The Archives: Arrival, Disruption, Retirement

Published on November 27th, 2018

Here are some moments in sailing history stored in the Scuttlebutt archives

5 years ago: Taylor Canfield of the U.S. Virgin Islands won the 2013 Alpari Match Racing World Tour after a dramatic final day at the Monsoon Cup. Canfield had Phil Robertson (NZL) to thank for his Tour victory after the WAKA Racing skipper swept to a 3-0 win over Ian Williams (GBR) to take the Monsoon Cup. Canfield’s victory, which also granted him his first Match Racing World title, earned him $48,000 for 3rd at the Monsoon Cup and a $100,000 Tour victory bonus. (Scuttlebutt 3976)

10 years ago: The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) will meet with the World Sailing Speed Record Council to discuss the removal of the policy that prohibits kiteboarders from holding the outright speed record. Neither ISAF secretary general Jerome Pels nor the record council representative would say why kites were not considered eligible for the outright speed record, just that the policy was still active. (Scuttlebutt 2734)

15 years ago: The 32nd America’s Cup in 2007 will be without one of its iconic figures of the past three decades: Dennis Conner is retiring from the fray. “I raised $40 million last time. Raising $100 million in the United States today for an event that goes on in Europe at three in the morning is a dream,” Conner said. “It can’t be done. You have to have someone wealthy, it can’t be done with sponsorship. Realistically, there are only two who are going to win this. Oracle and Alinghi are way ahead.” The only man to have lost, won back and lost the Cup again, Conner said: “I’ve had a great run: nine cups, four wins. I have no complaints. I wish them well.” (Scuttlebutt 1467)

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