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 listeners into exhilarating races from Australia and New Zealand to Valencia, Spain.
With new television coverage and huge media, the America’s Cup is poised to be bigger than ever, and The Billionaire and the Mechanic is a must-listen for anyone interested in the race or this remarkable story.
©2013 Julian Guthrie (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
As a novice sailor this was very engaging and insightful. That being said, the audiobook is NOT the latest version of the book and is missing the coverage of the AC in San Francisco which was added to the print edition.
This was a very compelling storyline for me as a sailor but I was dragged away too many by parts of the 'Ellison Story' that were unrelated to sailing . I wasn't looking for his biography, but more about the sailing and how the cup was won back. The sailing and regatta stories were excellent. Larry Ellison's personal story was good and well written, so I wouldn't deter anyone from reading this book as it is.
And a sailor. I was told to read this book. My grandson and I drove east coast to west coast. I bought the Audible version. The story is authentic. The facts are real. No fluff. What these two men did was a real adventure. Mark Ashby did a wonderful job. When my 12 year old grandson ask for me to turn on the book, well that says it is a good listen.
If you are a sailor, want to become one or want to understand the America's cup, this book is a must read. Very sorry that I am done with it as it made my 2hr round trip to and from work, so short!
Yes, hard to put down
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