With just nine days to go until the December 31 deadline to name the location of the 34th America's Cup, the pressure is steadily mounting for the Defender—the Golden Gate Yacht Club and BMW/Oracle Racing—to name a place or risk opening themselves up to a breach-of-Protocol lawsuit, a trick that Mr. Ellison knows only too well.
Currently, high-level talks continue to proceed in Rhode Island, as the Newport Daily News is reporting that BMW Oracle Racing negotiators Stephen Barclay and Tom Ehman (who also serves as the team's external affairs director) have been in town for the past week, working out a plan that would involve upgrading Fort Adams to a modern multimedia racing facility. Moreover, a letter, from Barclay to Keith Stokes, Executive Director, Rhode Island Economic Development Corp, dated last Friday, has been released; it clearly signals that the Fort Adams location is fully being considered.
'We are very serious in our intent to move forward with Rhode Island,' wrote Barclay. 'There is much to do to meet the timeframes we have set. The Golden Gate Yacht Club has committed to other America's Cup teams that a host city will be announced by December 31, 2010.'
The Newport Daily News also reports that BMW/Oracle have already placed several pre-Cup events on the table, to be potentially held in August and September of 2012, provided that the city and state meet certain deadlines. 'If you can deliver on that Fort Adams plan by July 1, 2012, we will hold two regattas in August and September of 2012,' Ehman is reported to have said.
For fans of a West Coast AC34, the conversation isn't going in the right direction...
And in other avenues of the sport, the Sydney-Hobart Race, widely considered one of the four great Corinthian ocean races, kicks off on Boxing Day, December 26. Be sure to check out the stories in our separate dedicated issue about the event, and keep your eyes peeled for race updates once this Australian bluewater classic kicks off.
Also in Australia, be sure to check out the race reports from Sail Melbourne, where US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl won a silver medal in the Men's 470, while Erik Storck and Trevor Moore collected a bronze medal in the 49er class.
And lastly, the Velux 5 Oceans Race has announced a change to its current course. Ocean Sprint 3, which was originally supposed to run from Wellington, New Zealand, to Salvador, Brazil, will instead now finish in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
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