Victory, as it often does in this race, went to the team with the technological edge.
Mr. Ellison’s tri-hulled behemoth vanquished bio-tech billionaire Ernesto Bertarell’s catamaran two days in a row, in the best of three races.
This is a rich man’s event, with this year witnessing the most expensive entries in the contest’s 159-year history. Each team spent more than 100 million ($138 million) in pursuit of the most advanced, state-of-the-art sailing technology.
Both boats tapped aeronautical and material science engineers to create carbon-fiber aquatic missiles able skim the surface of the ocean at three times the speed of the wind.
On Sunday, the Oracle – a black-and-white trimaran with a 223 foot vertical wing span – spent much of the day skating on just one of its hulls, as the other two became airborne.
It’s final margin of victory: 5 minutes, 26 seconds.
The America’s Cup will return to US soil for the first time in 15 years, where it will be displayed by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club.
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