VIDEO: Winged chauffeur


Winning America’s Cup sailors go on to pursue other trophies, but what becomes of the boats that carried them to victory?

In the case of the 90-foot wing-powered trimaran USA 17, which Oracle Team USA sailed to victory in 2010, it meant a helicopter ride.

Larry Ellison, the billionaire owner of Oracle Team USA and CEO of Oracle Corp., recently had USA 17 — affectionately nicknamed “Dogzilla” — flown by an Erickson aircrane from the blacktop of Pier 80 in San Francisco to the lake at Oracle headquarters in Redwood City, Calif.

“When the gigantic skycrane crested the buildings with precious cargo, ground-rattling thunder and massive turbulence on the water, the distance was appreciated,” is how the 20-mile trip was described in a report by Sailing Scuttlebutt.