Dennis Conner has said that he favors Honolulu as the site of the next America's Cup series. Other serious sailors agree. Hawaii's strong breezes are perfect for 12-meter racing; they're much like the winds off Fremantle, Australia, where Conner won the Cup earlier this year. As Dave Pedrick, a designer for Conner's Stars & Stripes, says, "Windy conditions like those in Hawaii make good sailing, and good sailing makes good media coverage, and good media coverage excites the sponsors, and good sponsorship gets money to the syndicates. Everybody is happy."
But few are happy, because Honolulu looks to be out of the running. As sponsor of the winning boat in Fremantle, the San Diego Yacht Club has the right to decide where the next races will be held. The SDYC has chosen a seven-member committee to review possible sites. None of the seven has any recent international yachting experience, and all are true-blue San Diegans. "The reason they have those guys on there is that they're going to vote for San Diego," a source close to the SDYC told SI's Duncan Brantley. "It's a done deal." If the committee delivers the races to San Diego, don't expect them to be as exciting as those in Australia. The light and fluky winds off Southern California are considered unsuitable for 12-meter racing. Faced with a similar problem in 1930, the sponsoring New York Yacht Club sportingly moved the races to Newport, but it seems the SDYC is dedicated to its home port.
Conner's syndicate is furious about the way the committee was chosen. The SDYC had said that a 7-to-11-member committee would be established. The syndicate inferred that it would have an input in the makeup of that committee. Conner had plumped for Sail America president Malin Burnham and former America's Cup sailors Gary Jobson and Buddy Melges, none of whom is among the SDYC's seven. "I feel like we've been duped," said Conner's tactician, Tom Whidden.
When the automobile invaded the serene streets of Bermuda back in 1946, the island's citizenry put its foot down—and not on the pedal. The Road Traffic Act established a 20-mph speed limit for all modes of transport.
A small problem arose when the International Triathlon Championship chose Bermuda as the site for its inaugural event, which will be held this August. "Never since the speed limit was put in had exceptions to it been granted," says Patrick O'Riordan, the triathlon's organizer and a 19-year resident of Bermuda. "We were going to bring the best triathletes in the world out here, and when they go shooting down the hills on their bicycles they will be in excess of 40 miles per hour. You can't circumvent the law. This had to be handled properly."
The proper court of appeal—actually the only court of appeal—was the Bermuda legislature. At a session earlier this year, the Minister of Tourism argued in behalf of O'Riordan's attention-getting $100,000 event. Then the 47 lawmakers, who know upon which side the island's bread is buttered, voted unanimously to allow higher speeds during the triathlon. O'Riordan says the amendment to the Road Traffic Act is "quite an historical thing, really."
In the November 1986 issue of Golf magazine, Larry Mize, who won this year's Masters with a 140-foot chip shot on the second hole of sudden death, was chosen by his fellow pros as the player with the least intestinal fortitude. Certainly Greg Norman, Mize's playoff victim, wishes he could retract his assessment in Golf. "I almost hate to say it, but Larry just doesn't show that special look at any time. He never seems to say, 'Hey, I've got a chance to make a birdie here....' I've played with him a couple of times, and I've never seen that. He pulls that shoot-to-the-center-of-the-green routine way too often."
The names of the winners in the Penn Relays' Metropolitan 1,600 last week were Troy, Simon, Vernon, Richard, Gilbert, Harvey, Bruce and Phillip. An eight-man team? No. Each of the runners on Manhattan College's 4 X 400 squad has one of those confusing two-first-name names. So, like we said, the winners were Troy Simon, Vernon Richard, Gilbert Harvey and Bruce Phillip.