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Larry Ellison Favors Hawaii For Next America's Cup

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Oracle Team USA sails past of the Golden Gate Bridge during the19th race against Emirates Team New Zealand during the America's Cup sailing event on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Software billionaire Larry Ellison says in a book excerpt that he'd like to have the next America's Cup in Hawaii, although his sailing team CEO says officials are still in the process of picking a venue.

According to an excerpt posted on the San Francisco Chronicle's website Monday, Ellison's vision is for the 35th America's Cup match to be sailed off Honolulu following a series of eliminations around the world.

"That's the plan, anyway," Ellison is quoted as saying in the excerpt from the paperback edition of "The Billionaire and the Mechanic" by Chronicle writer Julian Guthrie.

Russell Coutts, CEO of America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA, tells The Associated Press via email that while Hawaii is being considered, "I can honestly say there are no favorites at this stage."

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