26 September 2013

Larry Ellison on the America's Cup (video)

Ellison: 'This regatta has changed sailing forever' - YouTube: "ORACLE TEAM USA founder Larry Ellison jumped aboard his sleek and swift AC72 moments after the crew had crossed the finish line of Race 19 of the 34th America's Cup, a winner-take-all race. "I wanted to let them know they'd just won the America's Cup," said Ellison. "And that's what I told them; that's what I said." The victory brought to a close the America's Cup in San Francisco. The event ended on a high note with the captivating match between ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, one that took 19 races in 19 days to complete."

The America’s Cup Sailors and their Flying Machines

America's Cup: How Oracle Saved the Cup - WSJ.com: "Oracle Team USA, the resilient crew of sailors who capped an epic comeback Wednesday to win the America's Cup, had spent hundreds of hours at sea over the past three years preparing to win this 162-year-old yacht race. But in the end, the victory came down to one of the oldest methods of rescue in team sports: calling a timeout to make adjustments. The defending America's Cup champion Oracle team, which is financed by billionaire Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison, struggled early in the final, falling behind Emirates Team New Zealand 8 races to 1. Then, something clicked. The Oracle boat began to dominate, erasing deficits on San Francisco Bay with ease and accelerating to win by sometimes yawning margins. It finished the comeback Wednesday to take the first-to-nine-wins series, 9-8...."

Larry Ellison glows under shine of America's Cup | Reuters: " . . . "This regatta has changed sailing forever," he beamed at a news conference, flanked by Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill and the 162-year-old trophy. Sailing has been in Ellison's blood for about as long as Oracle has. When he moved in the 1960s from Chicago to northern California, where he would eventually launch Oracle Corp, the future tycoon lived on a modest sailboat moored in Berkeley Marina until he ran out of money and had to sell it. In 1998, Ellison was aboard his maxi yacht Sayonara when its won the 630-nautical mile (724 mile) Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, which turned tragic when a storm killed six people and destroyed several boats. . . ."

America's Cup: Sir Ben Ainslie's Oracle Team USA clinches stunning comeback | Sport | The Guardian"Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup in a climactic race in San Francisco Bay on Wednesday, capping an epic comeback and rewriting a script that had the plutocratic sailing tournament sinking into pre-ordained ignominy. Thousands of jubilant supporters cheered the American team, the defending champion, on Wednesday as they ploughed past the finish line 44 seconds ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand, sealing one of the most memorable victories in the cup's 162-year history. . . ."

New Zealand shrugs off America's Cup loss | Reuters: "New Zealand Prime Minister John Key summed up the feelings of his country when their America's Cup team were beaten by Oracle Team USA in the winner-take-all showdown in San Francisco on Thursday. "Bugger," he Tweeted from New York. . . ."

Sailing-Thrilling America's Cup a boon for the sport - Ainslie
By Justin Palmer. LONDON | Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:14pm EDT. LONDON (Reuters) - The thrilling climax to the America's Cup in San Francisco has put the event and sailing "in a strong place commercially", according to Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie.

Sailing - Ainslie pays tribute to Simpson after America's Cup comeback
Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Four-time Olympic champion Ainslie played a starring role as tactician, as Oracle Team USA defied the odds to win sailing's most famous prize and international sport's oldest event. He was drafted onto Jimmy Spithill's boat when rivals Emirates Team ...

Sailing: Sir Ben Ainslie celebrates America's Cup victory
Ben Ainslie made a childhood dream reality by inspiring Oracle Team USA to one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history by winning the America's Cup. The four-time Olympic champion helped his team recover from an 8-1 deficit to record a 9-8 ...

Sailing team catches the wind for a strong fall season opening
The Dartmouth
In their second competition weekend of the season, the sailing team impressed with a generally solid performance across a number of events. After four regattas across New England, the Big Green ended the weekend with a trio of second-place finishes.

Maritime Folk Festival sailing into Portsmouth
Foster's Daily Democrat
PORTSMOUTH — With time drawing short for the 14th Annual Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, organizers confirmed that it is full speed ahead for this year's celebration of the New Hampshire Seacoast's maritime tradition. The free festival takes place ...

Alameda city briefs: Women's sailing event set for weekend
Contra Costa Times
The event includes workshops for beginning, intermediate and advanced women sailorson Saturday, continental breakfast, lunches, one raffle ticket, registration packet, visor, a bag filled with goodies from our sponsors, as well as sailing on Sunday.

US Sailing's 2013 Annual Meeting
Sail World
The U.S. Sailing Annual Meeting is a unique opportunity for US Sailing members to meet with the National Governing Body's leadership and discuss relevant industry topics facing the sport, exchange ideas, reflect on progress, and look ahead to future plans.

Sailing head coach Matt Lindblad captures world title
MIT News
MIT sailing head coach Matt Lindblad, along with former team captain Bill Widnall '58 and Riley Schutt '09, won the International One Design (IOD) 2013 World Championship hosted by Fishers Island Yacht Club last week. The contingent, which also ...

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