Sailor of the Week: Feb. 11-17
US SAILING congratulates Larry Ellison and the entire BMW ORACLE Racing team for capturing the 33rd America’s Cup. Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation and founder of the BMW ORACLE Racing team, be came the first American challenger in 23 years to win the America’s Cup. BMW Oracle’s trimaran, USA 17, won the first two matches in the best of three series with two-time defending champion, Alinghi of Switzerland. The series culminated on Sunday with another convincing win on the waters off Valencia, Spain.
Ellison accomplished his long-time goal of winning the oldest international trophy in sport, and sailing’s biggest prize. A U.S. racing team claims the America’s Cup for the first time since Dennis Conner’s team lost the trophy to Team New Zealand in 1995. The U.S. had been in the longest drought since America won the silver trophy by defeating 14 British ships around the Isle of Wight in 1851.
Ellison is a five-time Maxi World Champion with the Sayonara racing program. A Louis Vuitton Cup Finalist in 2003 with Oracle BMW Racing, Larry won the Owner Driver Series of the Moet Cup in 2003 and the UBS Trophy in 2004. Ellison’s BMW ORACLE Racing team represents San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club. Tactician John Kostecki of Reno, Nev., and Ellison were the two American’s represented on the team’s crew.