Well, if there was ever a moment that Larry Ellison, Team Oracle, and the idea of racing the America’s Cup in super-fast, super-fragile, super-dangerous catamarans could use a little gloss and burnishing, I guess it would be now.
So I recommend that anyone who wants to feel better, who wants to experience the thrill of big-cat match racing, who wants to see flags and hear stirring music, go right out and buy a DVD copy of “The Wind Gods,” a documentary which seems to exist purely for the purpose of making Larry Ellison and the America’s Cup look pretty darn good.
Here’s what you are in for:
Awe-inspiring boats that reflect the unlimited reach of human ingenuity, breathtaking views, action, tension, excitement, consummate skill, the pursuit of lifelong dreams and the tempestuous romance between sailors and the sea, set against a soaring musical score: this is The Wind God’s, the story of the 33rd America’s Cup race. In a quest to bring the oldest trophy in International Sports back to America, Oracle Corporation’s Larry Ellison organizes an elite team to sail USA-17, the most technologically advanced sailboat ever built, in a challenge against the defending Swiss team Alinghi, which has held the cup for seven years. The film documents the effort from start to finish, with intimate portraits of the competitors, fascinating insights into the cup’s history, and sweeping cinematography of the race. But more than that, The Wind Gods is a tribute to the adventurous spirit that leads men to test their limits, by challenging the elements, the sea, and fate.
And here is the trailer:
And if that doesn’t quite do it for you, then double down, and get yourself a copy of The Billionaire And The Mechanic, which is part of the one-two PR punch that’s been cooked up here.