“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.
Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts got it right. The staid old America’s Cup can be an adrenaline rush.
For much of the finals, it seemed all but certain the next America’s Cup would be contested in New Zealand. After Oracle Team USA’s stunning comeback Wednesday, organizers declared the regatta a success.
On an otherwise ho-hum Wednesday afternoon, Oracle Team USA completed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, clawing back from an 8-1 race deficit against Emirates New Zealand to win the America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay.
I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of Larry Ellison and Oracle, but they’re the ones who put a lot on the line. Ellison brought it to the city and it was even timed to line up with his annual Oracle World Conference. It could have been a really embarrassing loss for him, but things worked out.
It was a day for the sailing history books, with Oracle Team USA winning its eighth straight race in the America’s Cup Finals to triumph over challenger Emirates Team New Zealand.
Disappointed New Zealanders made their way to work Thursday morning after a weeklong national vigil ended with Emirates Team New Zealand’s loss to Oracle Team USA in the deciding race of sailing’s America’s Cup.
Skipper Jimmy Spithill and defending champion Oracle Team USA accelerated off the starting line and stayed ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand to win their fifth straight race and remain alive in the America’s Cup on Monday.
Oracle Team USA coasted to an easy win in America’s Cup Race 13 Friday, after Emirates Team New Zealand’s final victory was thwarted when light wind ended the earlier race with the Kiwis comfortably ahead.
Strong wind blowing in through the Golden Gate Bridge and a strong tide flowing out to sea forced organizers to postpone two America’s Cup races Tuesday between Emirates Team Zealand and defender Oracle Team USA.