Thursday, February 18, 2010

America's Cup 34 in Newport


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.

12 comments:

Joe said...

I wonder what the GGYC race committee would say about that? San Francisco would be the best place to view the race. I could sip cocktails from my living room and watch the race....if I peak between the trees.

However, the bay is a full of commercial ships and ferries, so who knows. If it is in Newport, I have been invited to go Laser sailing and that is an offer I can't refuse.

Tillerman said...

The GGYC is pretty much a wholly owned subsidiary of Larry Ellison Inc. They will do whatever Larry tells them to do.

O Docker said...

I think the deciding factor will be that San Francisco has a much larger and more comfortable courthouse than Newport.

Greg and Kris said...

We usually peak in the bedroom, but between the trees sounds like fun.

Speaking of peaking in San Francisco, Kris and I will be down there last weekend of March. Who's taking us sailing? Don't all jump at once...

BeachComber said...

But O Docker, Newport is so much closer to the Supreme Court of New York...

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

San Francisco not only has GR8 attorneys and courts, it has the best bleachers. Don't forget the fans!

Tillerman said...

The fans that will matter to the potential sponsors for AC34 are the world-wide TV audience, especially in Europe. Racing in Newport in the afternoon can be shown live on prime-time TV in Europe. San Fransisco... nah, not so much.

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

It's just that the NYYC is full of bleeping bleebs.

Anonymous said...

As soon as I heard of the US victory I E-mailed the comadore of the GGYC and suggested a bi-coastal defense. It certainly would polish a tarnished America's Cup image with new challenges in unique ways. Newport has the prestiege and charm of an early American city, San Francisco has the same only more cosmopolitan.

A win win for the Cup, the cities, and media appeal on both coasts. What do you think?

Norm Bedard, former R.I. resident
boasfesta@hotmail.com

Tillerman said...

Interesting idea Norm. Can you tell us more about how this would work in practice?

The World Tour said...

looks like the bid is already done , did larry bought this house or did somebody gave him a present? the only thing to know is that the city of newport will gain more than 10 million on hosting the ac34...or did larry contemplate himself watching the race from his garden before "buying"?

Ed said...

Best have the race in 2011! according to the History channel
and Nasty Thomas the revered French
sear and writer of bad poetry, the World's going to end in 2012?

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