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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 EverSet 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 EverSet 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, butharassed 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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The America's Cup by Beken of Cowes
Amazon Says: This revised and updated edition will celebrate the forthcoming Cup and its thirtieth anniversary. The America's Cup is probably the most intense of all sailing competitions-t more...
Amazon Says: This revised and updated edition will celebrate the forthcoming Cup and its thirtieth anniversary. The America's Cup is probably the most intense of all sailing competitions-the most fiercely contested, the most controversial, and certainly the most prestigious. In 1851, the trophy, then known as the Hundred Guineas Cup, was presented by the Royal Yacht Squadron to the winner of a race around the Isle of Wight: in this case, the America. The cup was then passed to the New York Yacht Club, where it remained until won by the Australians in 1983. The photographs in this book cover the history of the competition, from its first challenge in 1870 to its twenty-ninth in 1995, and will include the latest shots of the defenders' race scheduled for the late summer of 1999. Beyond a mere retrospective, these breathtaking images reveal not only the artistry of the craftsmen and designers who brought these yachts to life but also of the crews who sailed them and, last but not least, that of this legendary family of photographers, the Bekens. This edition of The America's Cup joins A Hundred Years of Sail and Sailing Thoroughbreds on Harvill's illustrated sailing list. 175 Duotone Photographs Descriptions and measurements of yachts/Digest of match results/Bibliography of America's Cup less...
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Amazon Says: Once a competition held exclusively for wealthy members of the New York Yacht Club, the America's Cup has undergone significant transformations in the 20th century. No longer more...
Amazon Says: Once a competition held exclusively for wealthy members of the New York Yacht Club, the America's Cup has undergone significant transformations in the 20th century. No longer a yachting event limited to Morgans and Vanderbilts, the race now includes boats skippered by athletes who are not among the country-club elite. In this book Dennis Connor, son of a commercial fisherman and thrice winner of the America's Cup, and co-author Michael Levitt, take readers inside the complex world of the Cup. Accompanied by vintage and contemporary photographs, the text provides a record of wins and losses and the diverse personalities who have populated the America's Cup's history. less...
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Amazon Says: Fine in Fine jacket 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. more...
Amazon Says: Fine in Fine jacket 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 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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