The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed up to Win Sailing's Greatest Race, the Americas Cup, Twice

The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed up to Win Sailing's Greatest Race, the Americas Cup, Twice

by Julian Guthrie

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The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed up to Win Sailing's Greatest Race, the Americas Cup, Twice by Julian Guthrie

Expanded to include the behind-the-scenes story of the 34th America’s Cup and Team USA’s incredible comeback

Down eight-to-one in the 34th America’s Cup in September 2013, Oracle Team USA pulled off a comeback for the ages, with eight straight wins against Emirates Team New Zealand. Julian Guthrie’s The Billionaire and the Mechanic tells the incredible story of how a car mechanic and one of the world’s richest men teamed up to win the world’s greatest race. With a lengthy new section on the 34th America’s Cup, Guthrie also shows how they did it again.

The America’s Cup, first awarded in 1851, is the oldest trophy in international sports. In 2000, Larry Ellison, co-founder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation, decided to run for the prize and found an unlikely partner in Norbert Bajurin, a car mechanic and Commodore of the blue-collar Golden Gate Yacht Club. After unsuccessful runs for the Cup in 2003 and 2007, they won for the first time in 2010. With unparalleled access to Ellison and his team, Guthrie takes readers inside the building process of these astonishing boats and the lives of the athletes who race them and throws readers into exhilarating races from Australia to Valencia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802121363
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 492,920
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Julian Guthrie is an award-winning journalist and staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of The Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith. She lives in Mill Valley, California.

Table of Contents

Part I

1 The Southern Ocean 3

2 Radiator Repair Shop in San Francisco 14

3 The Island of Antigua 19

4 San Francisco Marina 31

5 Woodside, California 39

6 St. Francis Yacht Club 47

7 The Golden Gate Yacht Club 55

8 The Golden Gate Yacht Club 64

Part II

9 The Hills of Santa Barbara 77

10 Atherton, California 85

11 San Francisco to New Zealand 94

12 Oracle Base Camp 107

13 Redwood Shores, California 110

14 San Francisco Bay 138

15 Newport, Rhode Island 148

16 Valencia, Spain 154

17 South of Market, San Francisco 160

18 Valencia, Spain 166

Part III

19 Woodside, California 183

20 Woodside, California 195

21 Bangkok, Thailand, to Cagliari, Italy 212

22 Anacortes,Washington 232

23 San Diego, California 239

24 Valencia, Spain 245

25 Valencia to San Francisco 266

26 Rancho Mirage, California 271

27 Moscone Center, San Francisco 286

28 Alouis Radiators, San Francisco 290

29 Stanford University, California 294

Part IV

30 San Francisco Bay 305

31 The 34th America's Cup-A Very Rough Start 330

32 The Comeback 367

Epilogue: The 35th America's Cup 399

Appendix: The America's Cup Races 405

Author's Note 409

Acknowledgments 413

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