As Published In
Oracle Magazine
September/October 2013

COMMENT: Time Capsule

  

Time Capsule

  

1851

There Is No Second, Your Majesty

o53timecapsule-1851-Yacht-America
Queen Victoria watches as a schooner named America passes the Royal Yacht, beating the best the British could offer to win what is now the oldest trophy in international sports competition—affectionately known as the Auld Mug.

 

1899-1930

The Lipton Era

Sir Thomas Lipton, the Irish/Scottish tea baron, challenges five times for the America’s Cup between 1899 and 1930. While Lipton doesn’t win the Cup, he becomes one of the first to introduce the idea of sports sponsorship. Tea, anyone?
o53timecapsule-Lipton

  

1982

Southern Cross

“Off the wind on this heading / Lie the Marquesas / We got eighty feet of the waterline / Nicely making way.”
—Stephen Stills, Crosby, Stills & Nash, from the song “Southern Cross” on the album Daylight Again (Atlantic). The America’s Cup would also soon be sailing south.

 

1983

Australia II

o53timecapsule-kangaroo-greenbkgrnd
After 132 years and 26 challenges, the New York Yacht Club loses the America’s Cup, as Australia II, sporting a boxing kangaroo flag and a winged keel, wins.

 

2010

Code Rush

Filmed during Netscape Communications’ final year as an independent company, Code Rush is a PBS documentary focused on a group of Netscape engineers facing an impossible deadline to release the open source version of Netscape’s internet software. Learn more and watch the film at clickmovement.org/coderush .

  

2010

timecapsule-2010-33rd-trophy

BMW ORACLE Racing Wins

BMW ORACLE Racing wins the 33rd America’s Cup with a 2-0 triumph over Swiss defender Alinghi, bringing the cup back to the United States.

   

2013

The Wind Gods

o53timecapsule-2013-WindGods
This documentary unfolds the 2010 story of the 33rd America’s Cup race, as Oracle CEO Larry Ellison organizes an elite team to sail USA 17 against the defending Swiss team Alinghi, which had held the cup for seven years. In September 2013, ORACLE TEAM USA defends in the America’s Cup Finals.

  

What is your favorite athletics trophy?


We asked our Facebook fans, and here’s what they said:

 o53timecapsule-Facebook-poll-graph

 

Your Turn


 Not a sports fan? No problem. Maybe you’re more of a digital games type. If so, what was the earliest computer game you played? Any Pong veterans? Or maybe you dropped a lot of quarters on Pac-Man down at the local arcade? Visit Facebook/OracleMagazine and let us know.

 


 

Send us your comments