In 1977 Ted Turner acquired the 1974 America’s Cup winning 12 Meter, Courageous, for his second attempt at the America’s Cup. His first experience as skipper of Mariner in 1974 did not go well. At the time Turner was a new owner of the Atlanta Braves. The baseball team was consistently at the bottom of the standings in major league baseball. But Turner was always the optimist. When asked how he liked losing all the time, he said, “We are not losing, we are just learning how to win.” True to his word Turner, won the 1977 America’s Cup match, and went on to win the World Series.