Thursday, February 18, 2010
As soon as Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle team had clinched the America's Cup on Sunday, he cited Newport, San Diego and San Francisco as possible venues to host the next AC match.
It's good to hear that the powers-that-be in Newport and Rhode Island have taken him at his word. According to this article in our local newspaper R.I. could be back in the America's Cup race.
A spokesman for the governor of Rhode Island Donald Carcieri said, "The governor believes it’s a great opportunity to bring home one of the most prestigious and historic sporting events back to Newport, where it belongs." A quickly assembled America’s Cup committee is exploring the costs and benefits of wooing the races back to Rhode Island and will deliver that information to Governor Carcieri as soon as next week.
The commodore of the New York Yacht Club cited Rhode Island’s advantages over San Francisco Bay and San Diego; and both the executive director of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame (based in Rhode Island) and the executive director of the state’s Economic Development Corporation spoke about the economic benefits to the state of hosting the Cup.
So it sounds as if Rhode Island is going to make a serious bid to persuade Larry to host AC34 in Newport. And, of course, it has not gone unnoticed that Larry recently bought a home in Newport.