Syndicate Head / CEO Yacht / Name Sail # YachtClubAmerica3 Foundation Bill Koch America3 USA 23 San Diego Y.CAmerica3 Foundation Bill Koch Mighty Mary USA 43 San Diego Y.CTeam Dennis Conner Dennis Conner Stars & Stripes USA 34 San Diego Y.CPACT 95 John Marshall Young America USA 36 New York Y.C
The CITIZEN CUP 1995 with the 3-boat final.
The opponents of the Citizen Cup 1995
was an elimination race between three teams, where in 4 round robins, the semifinals and thefinal against point count was sailed. At the beginning, even the America3 USA 23 from 1992 sailed with, but resigned after the RR3.Reason was that Mighty Mary USA 43 was not ready yet. Denner's USA 34 lost in a race in the semifinals almost the keel. A rapid repair with the original keel was in protest as irregular modification rather than a repair,By a surprising agreement Mighty Mary US 43 sailed again in the final as 3rd yacht.Dennis Conner won on points with USA 34.But sailed in the America's Cup with Young America USA 36 from PACT 95 . He lost against NZL 32.
was an elimination race between three teams, where in 4 round robins, the semifinals and thefinal against point count was sailed.
Yacht / Country : Stars & Stripes /USASail Number : USA - 34Syndicate : Team Dennis ConnerCEO : Dennis ConnerYacht Club: San Diego YCDesigner : David R. Pedrick (USA)Boat Builder : Skipper: Dennis Conner
“Stars & Stripes” USA-34 : winner of the CITZEN CUP 95During a race in the Semifinals, the yacht almost lost its keel with the tons heavy bulb.
During a race in the Semifinals, the yacht almost lost its keel with the tons heavy bulb. It could be saved from the support boats with pumps and swimming bodies before sinking or capsizing. During racing periods the so-called "no-change period" becomes valid.i.e. the yachts are allowed to be only repaired but not modified. The Stars & Strips mounted her old keel and won the next race. It was immediately protested and stated that the boat was not repaired, but adapted to the changed weather forecast of strong to light winds.Finally the defenders agreed a compromise that in the final once again all 3 yachts would sail. One argument was that Mighty Mary was designed a light wind yacht. Therefore is now an equal opportunity for all. All the experts agreed that Dennis Conner sailed the slowest boat in the Citizen Cup, if not generally. The LVC challengers were
Yacht / Country: Mighty Mary /USASail Number: USA 43Syndicate : America 3CEO : Bill Koch Yacht Club: San Diego YCDesigners: Doug Peterson Jim Taylor George Edmonds (USA) Marvin Duncan (USA) Fernando Frimm (USA) Rob Scala (USA)Boat Builder : Eric Goetz Custom SailboatsSkipper: Dawn Riley
Mighty Mary USA-43, in the final of the Citizen Cup 95
The first 4 rounds of the CC have been sailed with the old USA-23, because the "Mighty Marry" has been finished just before the Semifinals.Under the skipper Dawn Riley the crew sailed some victories, even against Conner. When his USA 34 lost almost the keel with the lead bulb in a race in the Semifinals against USA 43 the ladies were of the view that Conner is out of the race. Even the ladies were surprised by the compromise of a 3 boat final. (For more information see United States-34).In the final of the CC it became critical to whether Dennis Conner sails a victory or not against "Mighty Mary". USA-43 led in the last leg with almost 40 boat lengths. But she made the mistake to sail directly towards the finish line without covering the rivals. As she drove on this course in a wind hole, Connner, with Paul Cayard at the helm could catch up. He won the Citizen Cup-and thus the official Defense of the America's Cup.
The "all women crew" was a promotional idea by Bill Koch, who played after his victory in 1992 a leading role in 1995 again.
The "all women crew" was a promotional idea by Bill Koch, who played after his victory in 1992 a leading role in 1995 again. The crew was written out, over 600 applicants volunteered., 120 of the women have been tested on board. 30 of them came in the closest choice. The team selected not only sport sailors, but also rowers or weight lifters because the handling of the "coffegrinder" or the sails is a bone job.They became a top crew.