“I think a lot of people who were never interested in sailing suddenly got interested in sailing,” Larry Ellison, the software billionaire who owns Oracle Team USA, said after the American boat kept the America’s Cup with one final thrilling win.
The America’s Cup Measurement Committee has admitted it made a mistake and that one of the three prototype boats owned by defending champion Oracle Team USA was not illegally modified during warm-up regattas last year.
America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA forfeited its overall championships from the first two seasons of the America’s Cup World Series on Thursday after it was determined that its yachts were modified without the permission of the Measurement Committee.
Not long after helping to sail one of the new America’s Cup catamarans around ghostly San Francisco Bay, four-time winner Russell Coutts scoffed at accusations by two foreign challengers that defending champion Oracle Team USA is benefiting from safety changes.
Four-time America’s Cup champion Russell Coutts, the CEO of Oracle Racing, capsized his 45-foot catamaran on San Francisco Bay on Monday during a practice race against skipper Jimmy Spithill as part of a media day.