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SAN FRANCISCO, USA, August 24th Oracle Team USA with the two skippers James Spithill (AUS) and 4 x Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR) race against each other on the America's Cup race course before the Louis Vuitton Cup finals start. Sailed in AC 72s catamarans.
Oracle Team USA is an American sailboat racing syndicate initially formed to compete for the 2003 America’s Cup. They competed again in the 2007 event before winning the 33rd America's Cup regatta in 2010 - representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club. The syndicate was initially named Oracle for the 2003 campaign and backed primarily by Larry Ellison, the wealthy co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, but was renamed in August 2004 to Oracle BMW Racing to reflect the German company's role, and subsequently revised again to BMW Oracle Racing to reflect increased involvement from BMW. At the end of December 2010, it was announced that BMW was bringing to a close its longstanding partnership with ORACLE Racing and thereby ending its involvement in the America's Cup; this was by mutual agreement of both partners. Oracle Team USA's Larry Ellison declared that the 34th America's Cup would be sailed on revolutionary AC72 class wing-sail catamarans. Oracle Team USA experienced the first major accident involving the new AC72 class, when the boat capsized during training off San Francisco on October 16, 2012.

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