Stars & Stripes launched
Four-time America's Cup champion Dennis Conner unveiled his team's newest navy blue 79-foot yacht, Stars & Stripes, at a naming ceremony yesterday at the New York Yacht Club on 37 West 44th Street in New York City.
Rose Dana, wife of New York Yacht Club Commodore Charles Dana, highlighted the ceremony with the traditional breaking of a champagne bottle over the bow of the boat. Team Dennis Conner has partnered with the New York Yacht Club in its quest to win the 2003 America's Cup.
"Team Dennis Conner is honored and excited to represent New York City, as we focus on winning the America's Cup and bringing it back to her rightful home - here the United States," said Conner. "The courage New Yorkers have shown in rebuilding and revitalizing this great city gives our team the motivation and support we need to win back the oldest Trophy in sports."
"The America's Cup is an integral part of the history of New York," said Commodore Dana. "We look forward to doing everything we can to help Team Dennis Conner prepare to race in this state-of-the-art vessel crewed by America's finest sailors. The America's Cup belongs home in New York."
Dennis Conner has participated in eight America's Cup campaigns, winning in 1974, 1980, 1987 and 1988, as well as famously losing the Cup to Australia II in 1983.