When ORACLE TEAM USA won the 33rd America’s Cup in February 2010, not only did team owner Larry Ellison succeed in his goal of bringing the America’s Cup “home” to San Francisco, California, but his team became the Defender of the 34th America’s Cup.
In preparation for the defense, CEO Russell Coutts and skipper James Spithill, assembled a team comprised of the best international sailing, design, build and support talent. They knew the fight would be hard. They didn’t know the half of it.
The America’s Cup Match in September 2013 was the closest in the long history of the America’s Cup. ORACLE TEAM USA, down 1-8 to an impressive Team New Zealand, mounted one of the all-time greatest comebacks in sport, winning 8 consecutive races to retain the Cup, including a come-from-behind victory in the final, winner take all, race.
Following the second win in 2013, the team has again evolved as it looks to make good on a 'three-peat'.
Grant Simmer is the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer while Tom Slingsby is the Sailing Team Manager and helmsman/tactician. Jimmy Spithill returns as skipper/helmsman. Young blood has been added to the sailing team as well.