About the Team
When ORACLE TEAM USA won the 33rd America’s Cup in February 2010, not only did team owner Larry Ellison succeed in his goal of bringing the America’s Cup “home” to San Francisco, California, but his team became the Defender of the 34th America’s Cup.
In preparation for the defense, CEO Russell Coutts and skipper James Spithill, assembled a team comprised of the best international sailing, design, build and support talent. They knew the fight would be hard. They didn’t know the half of it.
The America’s Cup Match in September 2013 was the closest in the long history of the America’s Cup. ORACLE TEAM USA, down 1-8 to an impressive Team New Zealand, mounted one of the all-time greatest comebacks in sport, winning 8 consecutive races to retain the Cup, including a come-from-behind victory in the final, winner take all, race.
Following the second win in 2013, the team has again evolved as it looks to make good on a 'three-peat'.
Grant Simmer is the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer while Tom Slingsby is the Sailing Team Manager and helmsman/tactician. Jimmy Spithill returns as skipper/helmsman. Young blood has been added to the sailing team as well.
ORACLE TEAM USA wins the 34th America’s Cup Match 9-8. The team won 8 consecutive races after initially falling behind Emirates Team New Zealand by an 8-1 score.
On August 31, 2012, ORACLE TEAM USA’s first AC72, 17, was launched and sailed in the San Francisco Bay.
On Feb. 14, 2010, ORACLE TEAM USA won the 33rd America’s Cup with a 2-0 triumph over Swiss defender Alinghi.
The yacht the team sailed to win the 33rd America’s Cup, USA 17, was the fastest boat in the history of the event (since overtaken by the AC72s).
The 90-foot by 90-foot trimaran was powered by a 223-foot tall wingsail, the largest wing ever built.
In the victory, skipper James Spithill (AUS) became the youngest skipper to ever win the America’s Cup. Born June 28, 1979; he was 30 years old at the time of victory.
ORACLE TEAM USA was founded on Aug. 11, 2000, by Larry Ellison.