the billionaire and the mechanic how larry ellison and a car mechanic teamed up to win sailing s greatest race the americas cup twice

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The Billionaire And The Mechanic

Author : Julian Guthrie
ISBN : 9780802121363
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Expanded to include the behind-the-scenes story of the 34th America’s Cup and Team USA’s incredible comeback Down eight-to-one in the 34th America’s Cup in September 2013, Oracle Team USA pulled off a comeback for the ages, with eight straight wins against Emirates Team New Zealand. Julian Guthrie’s The Billionaire and the Mechanic tells the incredible story of how a car mechanic and one of the world’s richest men teamed up to win the world’s greatest race. With a lengthy new section on the 34th America’s Cup, Guthrie also shows how they did it again. The America’s Cup, first awarded in 1851, is the oldest trophy in international sports. In 2000, Larry Ellison, co-founder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation, decided to run for the prize and found an unlikely partner in Norbert Bajurin, a car mechanic and Commodore of the blue-collar Golden Gate Yacht Club. After unsuccessful runs for the Cup in 2003 and 2007, they won for the first time in 2010. With unparalleled access to Ellison and his team, Guthrie takes readers inside the building process of these astonishing boats and the lives of the athletes who race them and throws readers into exhilarating races from Australia to Valencia.

The Billionaire And The Mechanic

Author : Julian Guthrie
ISBN : 9780802193315
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A Forbes Best Book of the Year The America’s Cup, first awarded in 1851, is the oldest trophy in international sports, and one of the most hotly contested. In 2000, Larry Ellison, co-founder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation, decided to run for the coveted prize and found an unlikely partner in Norbert Bajurin, a car radiator mechanic who had recently been named Commodore of the blue collar Golden Gate Yacht Club. Julian Guthrie’s The Billionaire and the Mechanic tells the incredible story of the partnership between Larry and Norbert, their unsuccessful runs for the Cup in 2003 and 2007, and their victory in 2010. With unparalleled access to Ellison and his team, Guthrie takes readers inside the design and building process of these astonishing boats, and the management of the passionate athletes who race them. She traces the bitter rivalries between Oracle and their competitors, including Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli’s Team Alinghi, and throws readers into exhilarating races from Australia and New Zealand to Valencia, Spain. The Billionaire and the Mechanic is a must-read for anyone interested in the race or this remarkable story.

The Billionaire And The Mechanic

Author : Julian Guthrie
ISBN : 9780802121356
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Details the partnership between Larry Ellison, billionaire CEO of Oracle Corrporation, and blue-collar mechanic Norbert Bajurin, offering a glimpse into their runs for the America's Cup and the design and building of these boats.

How To Make A Spaceship

Author : Julian Guthrie
ISBN : 9781101980491
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"When NASA began winding down its manned missions, Peter Diamandis realized that his lifelong dream of space travel needed a fresh trajectory. If the government wouldn't send him, he'd create an industry that could. His inspiration came from an unlikely place: Reading Charles Lindbergh's The spirit of St. Louis, Diamandis learned that the transatlantic flight that galvanized the airline industry was not just a stunt but an attempt to win a prize. Why, Diamandis thought, couldn't the same be done for private space flight? The story of SpaceShipOne, and the hunt for a ten-million-dollar prize is an extraordinary tale of making the impossible possible. In the end, as Diamandis dreamed, the result wasn't just a victory for one team--it was the foundation for a new industry and a new age."--Page 4 of cover.

Chasing The Cup

Author : Jimmy Spithill
ISBN : 9781472948083
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Jimmy Spithill is arguably one of the world's greatest skippers: the youngest and double winner of the America's Cup, the oceanic version of Formula 1; winner of the Sydney Hobart; multiple world champion in match and fleet racing... the list goes on. And on a day off he'll paddleboard 32 miles through Hawaiian double overhead waves. What goes on inside the head of this extremely focused man who is a true pioneer in the game called sailing? Here he tells his rags-to-riches story of fierce determination, court cases, seasickness, crashed boats and cars, alcohol, the greatest comeback ever in sporting history and the dramatic 2017 America's Cup defence. All of it contributed to turning a quiet, bullied, water-loving blue-collar redhead born in Sydney into one of sailing's biggest rockstars. Far from the official media-trained account so often found in the closed-off world of the America's Cup, Jimmy's open, honest style gives us a rare insight into what goes on inside the head of a man at the top of his game. A compelling read, with many lessons in leadership, teamwork and achieving your dreams, no matter how impossible they might seem.

Sailing On The Edge

Author : Bob Fisher
ISBN : 1608872068
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Provides a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look at the America's Cup race, tracing its history, skippers and their teams, and includes information on the science behind the ship building.

Born To Win

Author : John Bertrand
ISBN : PSU:000011634706
Genre : America's Cup
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The author, helmsman for the Australia II, recounts the 1983 America's Cup yachting match, and discusses the controversies and strategies of the race

Winging It

Author : Diane Swintal
ISBN : 9780071834469
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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"The design and tactical battles that led to the most exciting America’s Cup in history are laid out in meticulous detail in Winging It: Oracle Team USA’s Incredible Comeback to Defend The America’s Cup. Written by three veteran sailing journalists, Winging It provides an insider’s look at the professional sailing business and the America’s Cup, from how the 72-foot cats became the boat of choice — one early requirement: They had to be able to be disassembled and transported in standard shipping containers — to the design modifications Oracle made in the later stages of the series to bounce back from an 8:1 deficit and retain the Cup (not much besides some minor tinkering with the rudder)." -Forbes "Whether you are a casual fan or a die-hard America's Cup follower, you're likely to enjoy Winging It. The three authors-all accredited journalists who spent many, many hours in the America's Cup Media Center-will take you from the origins of the America's Cup in 1851 all the way through Oracle Team USA's incredible comeback in San Francisco in September 2013." -CupExperience.com "Winging It holds a place on my bookshelf that is within easy reach. It has become the go-to book on the 34th America’s Cup as a means of quickly checking a fact, or time sequence or some aspect of the Cup that has become a little fuzzy even after this short passage of time. It should have a place in everyone's laptop kitbag, either as a quick read in a spare moment, or as a serious reference." -Sail-World.com A miracle on the water Millions of sailing enthusiasts and casual fans alike watched the America’s Cup in awe as the ORACLE TEAM USA trailing one point to New Zealand’s eight, was first to the finish line in eight consecutive races. This miracle triumph left many wondering "How did they do it?" The answers come together in Winging It, with insights from naval architects and builders on their radical boat designs, the consequences of racing these untested boats, and explanations of how the foils and wingsails—rarely seen on boats before—work. The book explores the impact of events that led up to the Cup, including how a sudden capsize threw the entire event into doubt before the 2013 America’s Cup ultimately delivered an epic finale. Top sailors share their stories, including the victorious Jimmy Spithill on USA 17 and the shockingly defeated ETNZ skipper Dean Barker. This is the story of an historic win that goes beyond the emotions of the day to explain how the many months of innovation, research, trials, and failures helped secure the Cup in the final race on September 25.

A Full Cup

Author : Michael D'Antonio
ISBN : 9781101188750
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An in-depth biography of Sir Thomas Lipton, the founder of Lipton Tea-a portrait of a remarkable self-made man and intrepid sailor. Today Lipton means tea. However, in his time Sir Thomas Lipton was known for much more. Raised in desperate poverty, he became rich beyond his wildest dreams. He built a global empire of markets, factories, plantations, and stockyards. And his colorful pursuit of the America's Cup trophy made him a beloved figure on both sides of the Atlantic. In A Full Cup, Michael D'Antonio tells the tale of this larger- than-life figure. Beginning with a journey across the United States just after the Civil War, Thomas J. Lipton developed the ambition and learned the business techniques that helped him create the first chain of grocery stores. Wealthy before the age of thirty, he set his sights on the tea trade, and soon his name became synonymous with his product. Lipton's great business success makes for a compelling story of innovation and achievement. Moreover, though, Lipton's most intriguing creation was a public persona-one of the first formed with the help of a modern mass media-that appealed to millions of ordinary people, as well as the elites in America and Europe. Concocting simple stunts like elephant parades, Lipton mastered the new art of obtaining free publicity. With shameless self-promotion, he became one of the world's most eligible bachelors, a patron of the poor, and ultimately reached legendary heights when he revived the competition for the America's Cup. With one losing attempt after another, the gallant Lipton, who didn't even know how to sail his own yacht, became ever more popular. D'Antonio's biography brings to vivid life this remarkable figure.

The Grace Of Everyday Saints

Author : Julian Guthrie
ISBN : 9780547523613
Genre : Religion
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St. Brigid Church was one of San Francisco’s great landmarks in the early 1990s. The church itself had weathered depressions and natural disasters, epic earthquakes and a massive fire. Its loyal congregation was active, vibrant, and growing. But in 1993, without warning, the Catholic archdiocese mysteriously ordered its doors to be closed. The Grace of Everyday Saints is the story of how a ragtag group of believers came together in a crusade to save their church. What they discovered would be devastating: that around the country, parishes like theirs were threatened by the higher echelons of the Church, all to hide a terrible secret. Soon there were near-daily headlines that shocked the world. But still this unlikely group of heroes—led by a renegade lawyer, a reformed Catholic, and an antiestablishment priest—continued to meet weekly, to fight, to prove that their beloved St. Brigid was worth saving. A dramatic narrative that takes readers from the streets of San Francisco to the halls of the Vatican, The Grace of Everyday Saints is about injustice and betrayal, redemption and grace.

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