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- The Race of the Century?
1. THE RACE OF THE CENTURY? (
Throwing Down the Gauntlet
In WB #185 (July/August 2005), there is a feature article by Bill Mayher about Dennis Conner’s restoration of the memorable COTTON BLOSSOM II, a 1925 Johan Anker Q-Boat. Dennis’ restoration work and his own sailing pedigree indicate this will be a formidable combination once it returns to the racing circuit.
Looking for worthy competitors, Dennis dismissed national events. His aspirations are more focused on the rarified wooden boat races on the Med. Speaking of significant northeast US events, he is quoted as saying, “Who am I supposed to race against, some N[ew] Y[ork] 30?”
Furthermore, he states in the article: “I’ll tell you what. Why don’t they choose the best boat and ship it out and I’ll put up $100,000 and race them boat for boat?”
Meeting the Challenge
Meeting the Challenge
Yesterday, we received an answer to that challenge (see letter following), from the good people at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport, Rhode Island – a place where Dennis earned victories and defeat as the skipper of 12-meters in the AMERICA’s Cup. No skipper fared so well (until Russell Coutts of modern era) as Dennis Conner; no
Dennis proposed the west coast; Terry Nathan at IYRS proposed a neutral site. We, instead, propose the natural symmetry of
Up the Ante and Make It Meaningful
And more than just a sailboat race. Terry Nathan, president of IYRS, suggests the pot should be increased – both parties should be recognized as representatives of non-profit organizations. The winner will receive 65% of the pot; the loser, 35%. Nobody loses in this event!
This is more than a qualifier for the dignfied airs of the Med. It’s time
Terry Nathan’s challenge – on behalf of IYRS but also northeast sailors – was delivered to Dennis Conner’s camp yesterday. We all hope for the best, and will keep you informed on this site.Here, Then, Yesterday's Challenge:
There he goes again, as Ronald Reagan would say. In the article about the restoration of Cotton Blossom II, a wonderfully restored Q-boat, Dennis Conner challenges the “East Coast” to bring out a
IYRS, and friends, accept this challenge, based on the following key points—and others to be negotiated:
- Dennis must find an IYRS comparable 501 (c) 3 to sponsor his campaign;
- Each party, as Dennis indicates must put up (at least) $100,000, to be held in escrow;
- The winning 501 (c) 3 gets 65%; the loser 35%;
- Match racing to be held in neutral water.
Dennis, we await your response.
In A Related Matter,
WoodenBoat publisher Carl Cramer announced that WoodenBoat will present the winner with the "Race of the Century" Cup.
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