Dennis Connor

13 May – Americas Cup

Today in history:

1995 New Zealand beats US for the America’s Cup.?

Few New Zealanders in 1995 could have avoided television commentator Peter Montgomery?s famous line ?the America?s Cup is now New Zealand?s cup!?.

The phrase was repeated over and over as New Zealand enjoyed one of the most significant moments in its sporting history.

The emphatic 5-0 sweep Black Magic (NZL 32) achieved over Stars & Stripes in San Diego was all the more impressive given that its opponent, the controversial American helmsman Dennis Connor, was a four-time winner and widely regarded as ?Mr America?s Cup?. Team New Zealand had made the finals of the challenger series in 1987 and 1992, and in 1995 syndicate head Peter Blake assembled a veritable ?dream team? of New Zealand sailors.? Read more »