Larry Ellison

America's Cup qualifiers off to smashing start in Bermuda

The America's Cup qualifiers got off to a smashing start Saturday on Bermuda's Great Sound.

It was a good day for two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA and a bad one for Sir Ben Ainslie of Britain.

Moments after Oracle Team USA came from behind to beat Emirates Team New Zealand in a thrilling rematch between the 2013 finalists, Ainslie, the skipper of Land Rover BAR, crashed his 50-foot foiling catamaran into SoftBank Team Japan during the prestart of the day's sixth and final race.

Crewmen on SoftBank Team Japan had to leap clear of Ainslie's port hull as it crashed onto their starboard hull. The collision opened a hole in the bottom of the British boat's...

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