Larry Ellison with the America's Cup Trophy
Today will go down as the most thrilling days in the history of sailing. Team Oracle USA led by Larry Ellison pulled off of the one most improbable comebacks ever by rallying from an 8-1 disadvanatge to win the America's Cup, taking the final leg by a thin 44 seconds. We rushed out of our office to make it there for the press conference. Here's what we heard:
1. Team New Zealand Manager Grant Dalton—a man whose face has been battered by many winds—deflected many questions with a glum, "I don't know." But when he was asked where he'd like the cup to be next year, we could have sworn he said Oakland, but he was probably trying to say the name of New Zealand's capital, Auckland, and his accent got in the way.
Then Larry Ellison and crew took the stage and reporters immediately started flinging questions at Mr.Ellison about a number of issues.
2. Will the next America's Cup be in San Francisco? "You know I'd love to come back here," he said. "The bay provides a gorgeous backdrop for the regattas, and I also have a house here." He went on to also say that the decision doesn't only hinge on him but on his team as well and that he's going to sit down with city officials to discuss a plan to come back here.
3. What about locals who rooted against him? "That's the great thing about sports, you can root for and against who ever you want and I didn't take one bit of it personally."
4. Has the relationship between Ellison and the city gone sour? "No not at all," he said, and he also added "that the government approval process is very complex and our demands of the city governments were very ambitious."