Ellison's team wins long-sought sailing trophy

With Sunday's victory over a Swiss team, the Oracle CEO succeeded in a decade-long effort to win the America's Cup.

The trimaran of Larry Ellison's racing to its win Sunday during the 33rd America's Cup.
The trimaran of Larry Ellison's racing to its win Sunday during the 33rd America's Cup. BMW Oracle Racing

Fulfilling a 10-year ambition, Larry Ellison's sailing team won the America's Cup sailing race Sunday near Valencia, Spain.

The BMW Oracle Racing team used a triple-hulled craft called a trimaran sporting a giant vertical airfoil rather than a conventional sail. The airfoil works on the same principal an airplane wing, only it pushes the boat along through the water while a horizontal wing on a plane lifts the plane up.

The Alinghi catamaran, left, and the BMW Oracle trimaran during the second race.
The Alinghi catamaran, left, and the BMW Oracle trimaran during the second race. BMW Oracle

"It's absolutely an awesome feeling," Ellison said in a statement. James Spithill, a 30-year-old from Australia, was skipper of the boat; Ellison was listed in the crew as afterguard.

The BMW Oracle boat is 114 feet long, and its 7,700-pound wing sail is 223 feet tall.

According to race reports, the BMW Oracle craft hit speeds of about 33 miles per hour during Sunday's 39-mile race, the second of a best-of-three competition. The BMW Oracle team also won the first day's race Friday, so Sunday's race earned it the overall victory.

The challenger in the two-boat race was America's Cup defender Alinghi, a Swiss team with an exotic catamaran. Despite an early lead, it finished 5 minutes 26 seconds later than the BMW Oracle team.

Already, the BMW Oracle team has accepted the a challenge for the next America's Cup. The challenging team is Mascalzone Latino, representing Yacht Club Roma, for the 34th competition.

The BMW Oracle team's trimaran touted Sun Microsystems, Sparc, and Solaris.
The BMW Oracle team's trimaran touted Sun Microsystems, Sparc, and Solaris. BMW Oracle Racing
 

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