Whether or not the America’s Cup is sailed in San Francisco Bay, Larry Ellison plans to re-define sailing oldest race. The most obvious change will be the boats used for the Cup – 72′ catamarans with wing sails, able to reach speeds of 30 knots. Imagine doing several laps of the bay passing all the famous landmarks in less than an hour! Spectators will be able to see the boats easily from shore, and to appeal to TV audiences each boat will have a cameraman on-board to capture the action.
“It will be racing that meets the expectations of the Facebook generation, not the Flintstones generation,” BMW Oracle Racing CEO Russell Coutts said during a news conference in Valencia.
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