San Francisco Home to America’s Cup

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I remember the thrill when in 1977 the founder of CNN, Robert Edward “Ted” Turner II, took Courageous out for sail and defended the America’s Cup. (Today I’m not sure if I would trust Ted with a plastic toy boat in the bathtub.)

Now founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison, is living the victory. After 15 years the America’s Cup trophy is headed back to America where it will be displayed at the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

I hope that Mr. Ellison and the city of San Francisco would see the benefits of hosting the next Cup on our shores.

Larry’s Office

2 Comments so far

  1. Felipe Blanco (unregistered) on February 17th, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

    Congratulation to Oracle and the SFYC.

    Now the job you have is not only to defend the cup but to bring back the beauty of real match racing.

    You must agree that although the boats in this Americas Cup were among the most spectacular seen so far (only compared to those of the 1988 event) the race was, the same as in 1988, one of the most boring in the history of the competition (what a waste of money).

    Mr. Ellison: technology is nice, but the race should be won ultimately by sailors (hopefully defending their country) and not just billionairs spending money.

    San Francisco Bay should be an amazing place to watch the race and to see great duels between two monohulls sailed by experts trying to take advantage of any of their competitors mistakes.

  2. Joann Landers (joannlanders) on February 18th, 2010 @ 1:38 am

    Yes, I agree. It should be all about the sailor, but the race will go to the monohull owned by the guy with the biggest piggy bank.

    The Mavericks Surf Contest is still the surfer, his board and the sea. But, it was much more pure when it was Jeff Clark and the guys.

    It is always about the money.

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