Sunday, June 13, 2010

BMW ORACLE Racing wins RC44 Copenhagen Cup

Team owner Larry Ellison converted a steady day in the top half of the fleet into an overall win at the RC44 Copenhagen Cup on Sunday. 

Skippering BMW ORACLE Racing to three top-four finishes on the day Ellison won the fleet racing by a three point margin over Pieter Heerema's 'No Way Back'.

The fleet race win, combined with a second place finish in the match racing series, was too powerful a combination for the competition and BMW ORACLE Racing has now won two consecutive RC44 Championship Tour events.

"This has been a fantastic event," said Larry Ellison after racing. "Yesterday we practiced in strong winds and reached the speed of 25 knots. In hindsight, it has helped us a lot today: I felt very confident and more precise at the helm. Having said this people sometimes put too much credit on the helmsman: this is a real team effort and all the guys did a great job. Russell was also fantastic at making the tactical choices.”

It was a good day all around, with '17', another boat in the fleet loaded with BMW ORACLE Racing talent won two of the three races to finish in fifth place for the fleet racing and overall.