Dennis Conner's New Yacht Has A Long History
Famous racing skipper Dennis Conner has a new toy. The sailing enthusiast who won the America's Cup four times has bought a beautiful old boat. Classic Boat says that Conner picked up the 40-foot BB Crowninshield-designed gaff schooner Fame. The yacht was the winner of many Great Lakes races but she has seen better days. Conner bought Fame for $17,000 and is hoping to have her sailing this summer, her centenary year. Fame is a 1910 Long Island Sound Schooner that was designed and built by B. B. Crowninshield for his personal use. He wanted to create "the largest and fastest boat he could handle and take care of alone." She was sunk in 1995 but was quickly rescued. She will likely get a new lease on life under Conner's care and may take part in a few races.