VIDEO: America’s Cup yacht flown to Oracle headquarters

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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.

The USA 17 had sat dormant all winter on the blacktop of Pier 80 in San Francisco, so it was time for a new home for the yacht — namely the pond outside the corporate offices of software mogul and syndicate owner Larry Ellison.

The billionaire recently had USA 17, affectionately nicknamed “Dogzilla,” flown by a Erickson Skycrane to the lake at Oracle corporate 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 transit by helicopter is described in a report by Sailing Scuttlebutt.

This article was updated to reflect that it was the 2010 Cup-winning boat that was transported by helicopter.

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