A San Diego native was voted the greatest American sailor in a US Sailing online tournament.
Dennis Conner, 70, managed to edge out yachtsman Buddy Melges in the final round to become the US Sailing’s Greatest American Sailor.
“Winning the tournament really meant a lot to me in view of all the great sailors included, many who were my heroes,” Conner said in a statement. “This is my legacy and I am very appreciative of all those who voted for me, especially with Buddy involved, who I have great respect and affection for.”
Conner is already in the National Sailing Hall of Fame and won the America’s Cup four times. The San Diegan is also two-time winner of the Congressional Cup and won a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympic Games.