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Larry Ellison Trims Sails for America's Cup

Oracle CEO's team intends to capture cup for San Francisco on board the Dogzilla



    Larry Ellison Trims Sails for America's Cup
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    Oracle's Larry Ellison, left, hopes to finally bring home the trophy to the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

    Nicknamed "Dogzilla," the BMW-Oracle team's specially-built boat is undergoing testing before finally getting a shot at its America's Cup arch-rival next year.

    The 90-foot trimaran is built with the latest in high-tech materials and design engineering, and can reach speeds of up to 50 knots -- twice that of traditional single-hulled Cup champions of yore.

    Larry Ellison, the Oracle founder and CEO who has sunk hundreds of millions in his efforts to capture the cup, will finally get a chance to take on billionaire nemesis Ernesto Bertarelli, backer of the Swiss Alinghi team which currently hold the trophy, in February.

    The race doesn't just take place between sailors, however -- lawyers have tangled as the two teams have bickered in and out of court for years simply trying to set dates and locations.

    The boat, which was built in Anacortes, Wash. is currently being tested in the waters off San Diego.

    But if the team captures the trophy, it will be the Golden Gate Yacht Club that gets to show it off.

    Jackson West is conflicted, wanting to root for Yanks but not for Ellison.