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Dear Kiwis, Lesson of the Day: Never Turn Your Back on Larry Ellison

Team Oracle crosses the finish line.

Emily Chang Team Oracle crosses the finish line.

Oracle Team USA pulled off a pretty epic come-from-behind sailing win today to grab the America’s Cup from Emirates Team New Zealand, after winning eight races in a row.

In other words, never turn your back on billionaire Larry Ellison.

On a stunning day in the San Francisco Bay, the 34th yachting competition was won in a 9-8 victory, after the New Zealand team seemed to have sewn up the race with an 8-1 lead only a week ago.

It did not look like a done deal today, as Oracle begin the race badly and was behind three seconds — an eon in high-performance sailing — on the upwind leg of the contest. In the end, Oracle won by 44 seconds over the Kiwis.

And, at the finish line, there was Ellison and champagne. Of course.

(Fantabulous photo by Bloomberg’s fantabulous Emily Chang)


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