— Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, upon winning the 2010
America’s Cup with his team BMW Oracle Racing.
I am so proud of this team, I am so proud to be part
of this team, and I am especially proud to bring the
America’s Cup, once again, after a long absence, back
to the United States of America.
— The late Sir Peter Blake in 2000. Blake headed up the
1995 syndicate that first won the Cup for New Zealand.
It [the America’s Cup] is not a quest to
take lightly or on a whim. It is a fight
between sailors and yacht clubs all over the
world that desperately want the same thing:
get their hands on the Cup.
— Luna Rossa team
principal and Prada CEO
Patrizio Bertelli on his
pursuit of the Cup.
Victory has always
been and remains our
goal, and it is with this
spirit and motivation that
we sail in each regatta.
The fastest boats are catamarans. Two of
those big cats racing against each other, with
the pedal to the metal, flying hulls with the big
sails up, could be extremely exciting … I’d get
back in it in a minute if the America’s Cup was
held in big fast boats on San Francisco Bay. So I
guess that means I won’t be back in it.
— The late Tom Blackaller in 1989, on his then-
unfulfilled dream of seeing the America’s Cup raced
with catamarans on San Francisco Bay.
Having these races on San
— NBC commentator and past
Francisco Bay is really good theater.
It will be interesting racing because
things happen so fast. For spectators
it’s going to be unparalleled.
America’s Cup winner Gary Jobson.