Ellison wins Sausalito Cup

Victory for Oracle boss in San Francisco Bay race for veteran IACC yachts

Tuesday May 28th 2002, Author: Michelle Slade, Location: United States
Larry Ellison and his Oracle Racing crew took home first place in the inaugural Sausalito Cup International America's Cup Class (IACC) Regatta on San Francisco Bay over the weekend.

Five IACC yachts raced in the heavy air conditions that prevailed throughout the weekend. Second place went to Il Moro di Venezia, helmed by Peter Stoneberg, third to NZL 20 helmed by David Thomson, followed by New Zealand Challenge, helmed by Ben Beer, and Stars & Stripes helmed by John Sweeney.

The Sausalito Yacht Club proved to be the optimal location for hosting the weekend's events providing waterfront viewing of the racing and the capacity to have the five IACC yachts moored close by. The Regatta, organised by America's Cup Media LLC, was the first in a series of IACC regattas planned for 2002, 2003 and beyond. Crews came from as far as New Zealand, Italy, and the Caribbean to race in the event.

Mayor of Sausalito, J.R. Roberts raced on Stars & Stripes on the weekend and commented, "five America's Cup Class yachts silently slicing through the water as they did when they became internationally famous - what a spectacular weekend. Being part of the Sausalito Cup race once again shows me what a perfect marriage these magnificent yachts are with Sausalito and the Bay. We need more events like this and hopefully Sausalito can be a leader in bringing this type of activity permanently back to the Bay".

America's Cup Media LLC Co-owner John Sweeney stated, "the event was a success for all involved. To fleet race America's Cup Class yachts and restore them to their former glory is to heighten appreciation and help preserve the history behind the world's oldest sporting trophy. The technology behind these yachts is significant and the benefits have filtered to other areas, specifically recreational sailing. America's Cup Media is committed to refurbishing and maintaining these yachts and to promote fun big boat racing on the Bay. We expect two more IACC yachts to join the fleet in our next regatta scheduled for July 27 and 28. Additionally, we have commitments from international teams to race in IACC regattas on the Bay in 2003".

IACCSF is a fleet of vintage International America's Cup Class yachts based in San Francisco and managed by America's Cup Media LLC. IACCSF organises racing, manages restoration and provides sponsorship opportunities, fostering appreciation of International America's Cup Class yachts. It is the only organisation of its kind in the world. An Advisory Board comprised of four owners and two sailing professionals governs IACCSF; Paul Cayard represents the USA and Tommaso Chieffi of Italy represents Europe.

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