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Australian yacht club 1st to challenge Larry Ellison

SAN DIEGO — Australia is back in the America's Cup for the first time since 2000 after a challenge by winemaker and sailor Bob Oatley was accepted by software billionaire Larry Ellison.

The challenge by the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, located on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, was announced Monday.

It was received by the Golden Gate Yacht Club on Wednesday, right after Ellison's Oracle Team USA retained the America's Cup by completing a remarkable comeback against Emirates Team New Zealand on San Francisco Bay.

The Hamilton Island Yacht Club will be the challenger of record, helping shape the rules for the 35th America's Cup along with the GGYC and other challengers.

"Given Australia's previous success in the America's Cup, the Admiral's Cup and Olympic yachting, and as proud Australians, we think it is time for our nation to be back in our sport's pinnacle event," Oatley said in a statement.


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