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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA Wins Again

Sailboat racing team Oracle Team USA, backed chiefly by the Oracle Corp. founder and CEO Larry Ellison, warded off a challenge from Emirates Team New Zealand to retain the legendary America's Cup, the premier trophy in competitive sailing. In an exciting series of races in San Francisco Bay, Oracle Team USA came from behind (down seven races) to win the required nine points in the final race on 25 September.

The America's Cup races have a long and storied history dating back to 1851. The sailboats have changed a lot since then, though: today's boats are wing-sail catamarans, with a fixed, winglike mainsail that is more than 130 feet high, and they can sail at speeds exceeding 40 knots (46 mph). Read more about Ellison and his team's first (2010) America's Cup win in The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing's Greatest Race, the America's Cup, as well as these other books about the America's Cup in Richland Library's collection.


Amazon Says: A Forbes Best Book of the Year The America’s Cup, first awarded in 1851, is the oldest trophy in international sports, and one of the most hotly contested. In 2000, more...
Amazon Says: A Forbes Best Book of the Year The America’s Cup, first awarded in 1851, is the oldest trophy in international sports, and one of the most hotly contested. In 2000, Larry Ellison, co-founder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation, decided to run for the coveted prize and found an unlikely partner in Norbert Bajurin, a car radiator mechanic who had recently been named Commodore of the blue collar Golden Gate Yacht Club. Julian Guthrie’s The Billionaire and the Mechanic tells the incredible story of the partnership between Larry and Norbert, their unsuccessful runs for the Cup in 2003 and 2007, and their victory in 2010. With unparalleled access to Ellison and his team, Guthrie takes readers inside the design and building process of these astonishing boats, and the management of the passionate athletes who race them. She traces the bitter rivalries between Oracle and their competitors, including Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli’s Team Alinghi, and throws readers into exhilarating races from Australia and New Zealand to Valencia, Spain. The Billionaire and the Mechanic is a must-read for anyone interested in the race or this remarkable story. less...
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Amazon Says: One of history's most famous yachts, and the giants who made it. more...
Amazon Says: One of history's most famous yachts, and the giants who made it. less...
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Amazon Says: The Heroic Story of a Team of Ordinary Americans -- and How They Won the Greatest Yacht Race Ever Set against the backdrop of the first world's fair in London, America's Victo more...
Amazon Says: The Heroic Story of a Team of Ordinary Americans -- and How They Won the Greatest Yacht Race Ever Set against the backdrop of the first world's fair in London, America's Victory takes readers into a world rich in adventure and history -- an unforgettable story of skill, daring, and honor at the heart of our national identity. The America's Cup is the oldest international trophy in competitive sports, yet few know the inspirational story of the dedicated seamen behind the original historic race. The story begins in 1850 with a terrible deal struck between the New York Yacht Club and a brilliant young boat designer: A boat would have to be built that would be the fastest in the world, and the designer would not be paid his fee unless the yacht beat all comers at The Great Exhibition in England. With a revolutionary design and striking beauty, yacht America set sail the following year from New York on what most experts nevertheless thought was an impossible mission. It had already cost over half a million dollars in today's currency. Now, America would have to beat fourteen of the best yachts the world's greatest maritime nation could bring to the line. It was a race Britain thought it couldn't lose. Yet America's small, unlikely team -- including Captain Brown, a Sandy Hook Pilot; first mate Nelson Comstock, whose family were early settlers of New London in Connecticut; and the brilliant designer George Steers -- achieved the almost un-thinkable. These humble, hard-working men faced the might and arrogance not only of their British competitors, but also their own backers, such as millionaire John Cox Stevens of the New York Yacht Club, who wagered they would win, but harassed and belittled them throughout the campaign. In the course of his research, David Shaw found letters and notes recounting the experience of the crew that provide a vivid historical realism for his compelling narrative. No one has previously told the story of the race from the perspective of the men who designed and sailed the plucky boat America. Shaw places readers on board as the lone American yacht in the field crosses the finish line first, while Queen Victoria and Prince Albert look on amid cheering crowds. This is an account of an amazing feat accomplished long ago at the turning point in the growth of a young nation's confidence, but it is also the tale of a victory of the American spirit that bravely lives on today. less...
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Amazon Says: A photographic history of the world's greatest sailing race begins with the first contest in 1870 and follows up to the 29th race in 1995. more...
Amazon Says: A photographic history of the world's greatest sailing race begins with the first contest in 1870 and follows up to the 29th race in 1995. less...
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Amazon Says: Written by a man who has skippered the winning yacht three times, this guide to the world's most famous boat race includes vintage and contemporary photographs and a look at t more...
Amazon Says: Written by a man who has skippered the winning yacht three times, this guide to the world's most famous boat race includes vintage and contemporary photographs and a look at the diverse personalities who have tried for the oldest trophy in sports. less...
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Amazon Says: The captain of the Stars & Stripes describes how he was able to win back the America's Cup from the Australians more...
Amazon Says: The captain of the Stars & Stripes describes how he was able to win back the America's Cup from the Australians less...
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Amazon Says: All who love the sea and sailing will enjoy these beautiful marine paintings by Tim Thompson of Cornwall. His fine technique is reminiscent of former great marine artists and more...
Amazon Says: All who love the sea and sailing will enjoy these beautiful marine paintings by Tim Thompson of Cornwall. His fine technique is reminiscent of former great marine artists and his paintings, noted for their superb expression of wind and light, are increasingly in demand throughout the world. less...
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