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Newport in Running as Host of America's Cup Race

Event organizers have asked for a response to a request for information, or RFI, from local sailing officials, hinting that Newport is being considered as a host for the America's Cup race.

The America's Cup could be coming back to Newport.

Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read said they have been contacted by the America's Cup event authority with a request for information, or RFI, to help determine if Newport is a suitable location for the prestigious yachting competition.

The last America's Cup was in San Francisco and there's no question that's a great city to host it, Read said, but interest from the event authority is a positive sign that Newport is a strong contender.

"We've really come full circle with the World Series and Volvo Ocean Race," Read said referring to the America's Cup World Series events held in June and early July of 2012 and the city's participation as a port in the Volvo event in 2015.

But the Newport sailing community is being realistic. Newport has lots to offer — both positive and negative.

"We're coming into this with our eyes open." Read said. "You have to take things as they are. It's important to know if Newport fits in their vision and their mission and then we'll put our best foot forward to make sure it happens. If it doesn't, then we'll come to the conclusion that a different part of the America's Cup event could come here, like another World Series."

The effort doesn't rest on just Sail Newport. Work from the city, state, committees and "our very own smart partners within Rhode Island" are behind the effort to make Newport world-class contender in the world of sailing.

Newport hosted the America's Cup for years and through different sailing eras, from the J-class yachts to the 12-meters.

The cup left Newport in 1983. Sail Newport was founded that same year. It's why the phone number there ends in 1983. And it has been a long journey to keep Newport's historic sailing legacy afloat and now, cruising at full speed.

Read said a response to the RFI will be sent and more information won't come back until about a month.
John Callaghan February 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Let's all do whatever is necessary to bring the Cup back home to Newport. Newport already has one of the only winning American's from the last campaign, Rome Kirby. We should all support Brad Read and Sail Newport in bringing the Cup back to Newport!
Otto February 14, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Hope the cup returns to its home in Newport, however can't help but feeling that we are being used again as leverage to get a better deal somewhere else.
enrico pelatso February 14, 2014 at 03:32 PM
newports too small for all that
George Costanza February 14, 2014 at 03:56 PM
If we make a sequel to the Oscar winning film "Wind" the Cup will come home.
Jay Clark February 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Rhode Island or California?

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