Friday, February 19, 2010
Rhode Island is wasting no time in its efforts to persuade Larry Ellison to do the right thing by selecting Newport as the host for the 34th America's Cup match.
This weekend Halsey Herreshoff will be traveling to San Francisco to hand-deliver a letter from Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri urging Ellison to consider Newport as the next site for the sailing competition. Halsey is the president of the America's Cup Hall of Fame, was navigator on the US defender Liberty in 1983, and is the grandson of the famous Captain Nathaniel Herreshoff who designed and built five yachts that successfully defended the America's Cup between 1893 and 1920.
Let's hope Larry has enough sense of America's Cup history and enough respect for the Herreshoff name to keep an open mind on the merits of Newport's case to host AC34.