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Rich Guy Wins Yacht Race

Despite the notion that Alinghi showed up with less than all their bullets in the chamber, the Moet Cup turned out to be a good series. Laurie Fullerton turns in this final report from the week-long series.

San Francisco, CA - A two series regatta The Moet Cup featuring billionaires Larry Ellison and Ernesto Bertarelli gave spectators, sailors, photographers and visitors a look at rich men at play as the two titans of today's America's Cup era battled it out on the water in the first ever owner-driver race with the high-performance IACC boats Alinghi and Oracle.

"It could have gone either way," said an ebullient Larry Ellison who was sprayed with champagne and nearly thrown in the water after winning the owner-driver race by 3-2 today. Despite his aloof image, the hometown boy was applauded by over 1000 spectators and nearly 500 boats came out to watch the final races today.

"It all came down to the last race," Ellison said.   more...



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