USA Wins America’s Cup

Posted: February 15, 2010 in Alingi, America's Cup, boat, sailboat, sailboat race, sailboats, sailing, sailing race, trimaran, yachting, yachts

Americas Cup

Americas Cup

BMW Oracle won the 33rd America’s Cup for USA by beating Swiss holders Alinghi.

BMW Oracle beat Alinghi in the second race of the America’s Cup to claim the best-of-three series 2-0.

The boat, which featured a towering wing-shaped sail, beat Alinghi by more than a kilometre in the second race off the Spanish port of Valencia.

The carbon fibre and kevlar American boat hit speeds of up to 33 knots, at times more than four times the speed of the wind.

The team and its hi-tech trimaran are owned by Larry Ellison, the billionaire who founded computer giant Oracle over 30 years ago.

“It’s an absolutely awesome feeling. I couldn’t be more proud,” Ellison told America’s Cup television. “Alinghi sailed really hard today,” he added.

Ellison is number four in Forbes magazine’s list of world billionaires.

Alinghi had been flying a protest flag during the race, meaning the result was provisional until the complaint was heard. But later an Alinghi spokesman said they decided to withdraw it.

BMW Oracle won Friday’s first race equally easily. They had to wait to start the second race after delays of more than six hours as officials waited for suitable wind.

The two races were the culmination of acrimonious legal wrangling. There were arguments over who could contest the regatta, where it could be sailed, and what kind of boats could be used.

Read more about the America’s Cup

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