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America's Cup- Larry on the Big Picture for AC35

by Sail-World on 12 Mar 2014
San Francisco, 34th America’s Cup Final - Oracle Team USA CEO Larry Ellison Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa© http://www.lunarossachallenge.com

Oracle Team USA principal, Larry Ellison explains his vision for the 35th America's Cup and the lead-in. From Julian Guthrie, author of 'The Billionaire and the Mechanic' - this is an extra section added after Oracle Team USA's victory in the 34th America's Cup.

Quite how recent the comments and thinking are, is not explained:

Larry Ellison sat in the quiet living room of his Woodside home and talked about what comes next, after winning the America's Cup for the second time in September 2013, an epic victory being called 'the comeback of comebacks.'

His vision for the next America's Cup, detailed in a series of exclusive interviews over several months, involves the staging of regattas all over the world - leading up to the Louis Vuitton Cup, and the main event, the America's Cup, likely taking place in Honolulu.

This competition would be a departure from anything done before, and would mean that - unless negotiations turn around - San Francisco will not be the host city for the next Cup.

While outlining his vision for the 35th America's Cup, Ellison acknowledges that much needs to happen before his plan is a reality, and that Team USA CEO Russell Coutts remains actively - and earnestly - in talks with other venues, from San Francisco and San Diego to Newport, R.I.

Ellison's ideas for the 35th America's Cup advance his goal of attracting a wider audience to the sport of sailing and to the 163-year-old regatta. He called the races of the 34th America's Cup 'the most magnificent spectacle' he'd ever seen on the water and believes the regatta has 'changed sailing forever.'

As for the next Cup, 'we're going to start with two years of globe-trotting, Formula One-style racing in AC45s,' Ellison said. 'AC45s are inexpensive to build, transport, and sail. You can throw an AC45 and its support equipment and chase boats into a couple of containers and ship them to regattas all over the world: Shanghai, Tokyo Bay, Marseilles, the Port of Rome, anywhere.'


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On the back of Guthrie's interview and book extract, Bernie Wilson of Associated Press provides his take on the venue options here and raises the prospect of the next Cup being held in Chicago, USA

S-W: We were repeatedly told by then Oracle Racing, in the 2007-2010 Supreme Court saga involving the rights of the Defender over the Challenger, that the America's Cup was a Challenger driven event.

Given that backdrop it is a little strange that the America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA, is now having so much say in how the Challenger Series will be run. Why not leave this for the Challengers to resolve these issues themselves?

Much of what is said in these stories, was also said in the early phases of the 34th America's Cup. Reality proved to be a little different, and indeed Oracle Team USA resented having their lines played back to them ahead of the start of the regatta.

Sail-World has refrained from commenting on the venue options, as we are all too aware of the same lines being spoken at this stage of the game in 2010-2011, and San Francisco was selected as the venue - much as expected. The point of the media beat up was to negotiate favorable terms with the City, which were later amended.

But certainly, under the Deed of Gift, the 18th century document which governs the conduct of the America's Cup it is the Defender's right to name the venue, as it is the Challenger's to nominate the boat to be used and the dates of the regatta.

If Ellison, or more properly Golden Gate Yacht Club, wished to sail the event in Hawaii, or anywhere else, then they have the perfect right to do so.
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