America's Cup race goes to American ingenuity
American software tycoon Larry Ellison won the America’s Cup yacht race Sunday, using the latest technology to bring the cup back to the US for the first time in 15 years.
Heino Kalis / Reuters
Victory, as it often does in this race, went to the team with the technological edge.
Mr. Ellison’s tri-hulled behemoth vanquished bio-tech billionaire Ernesto Bertarell’s catamaran two days in a row, in the best of three races.
This is a rich man’s event, with this year witnessing the most expensive entries in the contest’s 159-year history. Each team spent more than 100 million ($138 million) in pursuit of the most advanced, state-of-the-art sailing technology.
Both boats tapped aeronautical and material science engineers to create carbon-fiber aquatic missiles able skim the surface of the ocean at three times the speed of the wind.
On Sunday, the Oracle – a black-and-white trimaran with a 223 foot vertical wing span – spent much of the day skating on just one of its hulls, as the other two became airborne.
It’s final margin of victory: 5 minutes, 26 seconds.
The America’s Cup will return to US soil for the first time in 15 years, where it will be displayed by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club.
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