Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sailing on the Great Plains

s/v Jayhawker on the riverfront in Wichita KS

"You sail in Kansas?"  Boy, if I had a dime for every time I have heard that.
Molly is a colored wig lover like me.  She has an awesome collection!

Most people have heard of the Koch Brothers - Charles and David from Kansas.  Their other brother Bill Koch is not as well known.  However he is known in the sailing world for financing and operating the 1992 America Cubed campaign which was defeated by Il Moro.  In 1995 he tried again with the first all female America's Cup team aboard Might Mary.  Dennis Conner's Stars and Stripes edged out the win to advance as the defender ultimately losing the cup to New Zealand.

Connection?  I am not saying the 1992 and 1995 America's Cup were sailed in Kansas.  However a major player in those America's Cup campaigns was from Kansas.  Jayhawker the sailboat used in that 1992 campaign in on display in Wichita KS.  Kewl huh?  FYI - the wind always blows in Kansas thus sailing is good there.  

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