Oracle come on board

New backer for Allianz Cup match racing in San Francisco later this month

Monday October 2nd 2006, Author: Sean McNeill, Location: United States
The world’s largest enterprise software company, Oracle, will be the presenting sponsor of the Allianz Cup, Stage 5 of the 2006-’07 World Match Racing Tour. The official title of the event is Allianz Cup Presented by Oracle. It will be hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club and racing is scheduled Oct. 25-29 on San Francisco Bay.

“It’s great to have Oracle aboard as presenting sponsor of the Allianz Cup,” said Scott MacLeod, President of the World Tour. “With the great support from our sponsors and partners and a fantastic lineup taking shape, this new event of the tour is shaping up to be outstanding.”

A total of 16 teams are planned for the $100,000 event that awards $25,000 to the champion and the entry list features some of the world’s best match-racers.

Skippers who have accepted invites to the event include New Zealander Chris Dickson, skipper and CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing, Australian Peter Gilmour, the reigning match-racing world champion and three-time World Tour champion, New Zealander Dean Barker, the helmsman of Emirates Team New Zealand, American Ed Baird and Virgin Islander Peter Holmberg, both helmsmen for Alinghi, and Jesper Bank, the Danish skipper of United Internet Team Germany.

The six skippers have accounted for 12 match-racing world championships and 21 career victories on the World Tour. Gilmour leads the way with four Worlds and 11 career Tour victories.

BMW North America has been named a Main Partner of the Allianz Cup Presented by Oracle. BMW AG is a Partner and Official Car the World Match Racing Tour and is also a partner in the BMW ORACLE Racing Team.

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