Perhaps better known as an English soccer anthem but this is what Larry Ellison was singing Sunday evening when The Golden Gate Yacht Club’s USA 17, sponsored by BMW Oracle defeated Alinghi V. After the hours and hours of legal wranglings – Ellison went to court no fewer than eight times – it took his boat only 2 races to demonstrate its vast superiority and as a result the best of three races was determined after only two races.
This is what it is all about – The America’s Cup – for 132 years (1851 – 1983), the United States enjoyed the longest winning streak in all of sport. They were the holders of the America’s Cup, the oldest and most distinguished trophy in sport. The America’s Cup is the Holy Grail of yacht racing.Ellison was determined to win it and the team’s own website had this to say:
‘BMW ORACLE Racing, the American challenger, representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club, won the 33rd America’s Cup Match on Sunday in Valencia, sweeping past the Swiss defender, Alinghi, to a 2-0 victory.
This was an historic race for the oldest trophy in international sport, featuring two of the most innovative boats on the planet.
BMW ORACLE Racing’s trimaran, USA, powered by the largest wing sail ever built, proved to be the faster of the two multihulls, overpowering Alinghi’s catamaran in both races.
Today marks the culmination of the San Francisco team’s 10-year quest for the America’s Cup, sailing’s pinnacle event. Founded by Larry Ellison (USA), the team is led by CEO Russell Coutts (NZL), now a four time Cup winner, and James Spithill (AUS), the skipper and helmsman of USA.’
Although we think there has been a lot of ‘spoilt rich boys playing with their toys’ and, from the sound of it, quite a few toys being thrown out of the pram, we do admire these giants of the sailing world, the commitment of the team owners – Larry Ellison and Ernesto Bertarelli – the innovation of the design teams and the very hard work undertaken by both teams. Congratulations to all involved.
It is early days to announce details of what follows but there is already talk of San Francisco hosting the 34rd America’s Cup and the potential of an Italian challenge being made. We have also heard that challengers may be determined by consensus………whatever that may mean!
See the action from the last race and what Larry Ellison had to say in this video from Bloomberg and if you listen carefully we are sure we can can hear…………Its coming home, its coming home, the America’s Cup is coming home – well done Larry.