Newport. R.I. – The America's Cup trophy is on display in Newport, as the city competes to host the next edition of the international sailing competition.
State and federal officials on Thursday made an aggressive sales pitch, declaring Newport the country's sailing capital and saying that the race could reinvigorate the state's economy.
Newport last hosted the America's Cup in 1983. BMW Oracle Racing won it in February, returning it to American hands. The city is competing against San Francisco and San Diego, and BMW Oracle owner Larry Ellison has publicly stated that San Francisco is his first choice.
He did not visit Newport with the trophy, casting doubt on the city's chances.