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Next America’s Cup could be in Hawaii

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:55 a.m. HST, Jan 26, 2014

SAN DIEGO >> The next America’s Cup could be sailed off a Hawaii beach, on San Diego Bay or in some other port instead of returning to a San Francisco Bay course bordered by the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

Russell Coutts, the CEO of America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA, told the Associated Press on Saturday that sailing officials are talking with other venues about hosting the 35th America’s Cup in August 2017 because San Francisco officials haven’t offered the same terms as they did for last summer’s regatta, which ended with the American syndicate staging one of the greatest comebacks in sports.

Coutts, a five-time America’s Cup winner, said he’s not prepared to rule out San Francisco as host of the next regatta. “They might have a change of heart. I don’t think they will, but they might,” Coutts said by phone from France. He is in Europe talking to potential sponsors.

Hawaii’s chances of hosting the America’s Cup match, a warm-up regatta or perhaps an early round of challenger eliminations appear to be on the rise because of the relationship between Larry Ellison, the software billionaire who owns Oracle Team USA, and Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Coutts said he hasn’t had discussions with Abercrombie. When asked if Ellison had spoken with the governor about the America’s Cup, Coutts said: “Yes, I expect that Larry has had a discussion.”

Ellison, the CEO of Oracle Corp., bought 98 percent of Lanai in 2012 and has put millions of dollars into renovating two resorts there. He has plans for further development on what’s also known as Pineapple Island.

Abercrombie spoke glowingly last summer about Ellison’s involvement with Lanai, saying: “I can’t think of anything that I’ve been involved with in decades, on a magnitude of this nature, that has been more pleasant and productive and cooperative than the relationship that at least we in the state have had with Mr. Ellison and his people.”

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peanutgallery wrote:
You've got to new kidding. What harbor, anywhere in Hawaii, is going to support these boats? Hawaii has some of the worst dilapidated boat harbors in the country. We're a laughing stock!
on January 26,2014 | 04:24AM
9ronboz wrote:
If it ever ends up here the only venue if possible is Pearl Harbor and maybe Ko'Olina.
on January 26,2014 | 07:09AM
noheawilli wrote:
True, and sad, the dlnr should be closed, but oracle guy can remodel Kamaulalaupau took suit his needs
on January 26,2014 | 06:45AM
Pali_Hwy wrote:
The grinning turtle will sell out to anyone! SF got hosed by Larry, no wonder they aren't offering the same terms.
on January 26,2014 | 07:36AM
islandsun wrote:
Abercrombie is a total sellout! Ellison should bring it for free, he gets to do whatever he wants with Lanai.
on January 26,2014 | 10:05AM
ShibaiDakine wrote:

""While last summer’s regatta gave the staid old America’s Cup a remarkable adrenaline rush, it generated less economic impact in the Bay Area than projected and cost city taxpayers more than $5 million."

on January 26,2014 | 07:39AM
kekelaward wrote:
Ummm, Lanai is now known as "The Private Island"
on January 26,2014 | 11:22AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
"Larry's Place"
on January 26,2014 | 11:51AM