How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing's Greatest Race, the America's Cup, Twice
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The America’s Cup, first awarded in 1851, is the oldest trophy in international sports, and one of the most hotly contested. In 2000, Larry Ellison, cofounder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation, decided he would mount a challenge for the Cup. But the Cup is contested between clubs, not individuals. Larry’s logical sponsor was San Francisco’s tony St. Francis Yacht Club, where he was a member. But when negotiations fell apartLarry was told he couldn’t even name his boatLarry was left with no sponsor.
Down the road from the St. Francis is the Golden Gate Yacht Club, founded in 1939 as the blue collar antidote to the blue blood St. Francis. Norbert Bajurin, a car radiator mechanic, had recently been named commodore, only to find that the Golden Gate was on the verge of bankruptcy, and at risk of closing forever. When Norbert heard the news about Ellison, he hit on a crazy idea: sponsor Ellison’s Oracle team in a bid for the America’s Cup. The Billionaire and the Mechanic
tells the incredible story of the partnershipand friendshipbetween Larry and Norbert, and offers a gripping look at their runs for the Cup in 2003 and 2007, and their victory in 2010. With unparalleled access to Ellison and his team, Julian Guthrie takes readers deep inside the design and building of these astonishing boats, and into the lives of the athletes who race them. She traces the bitter rivalries between teams, and throws readers into exhilarating races around the world. With new television and huge media coverage, the America’s Cup is poised to be bigger than ever, and The Billionaire and the Mechanic
is a must-read for anyone interested in the Cup or this remarkable story.Julian Guthrie on Charlie RoseJulian Guthrie's interview with Bloomberg TV CBS News interview with Larry EllisonCBS News interview with Julian Guthrie