Saturday, February 27, 2010

America's Cup committee formed

RI has formed a panel to pitch America's Cup 2013 to Larry Ellison, Oracle owner and CEO.

The RI Governor's office, Senate President Paiva Weed and House Speaker Gordon Fox
have established an America's Cup 2013 Planning Committee to lure the America's Cup
challenge back to RI.

The group will include a combination of yachting experts, Newport administrators
and state officials and will meet for the first time next week - said RI EDC director Keith Stokes.

"The goal is to assess the existing marine assets and facilities we have so we can create a
formal proposal for the America's Cup races."
Stokes said in an interview yesterday, Friday Feb 26, 2010.

In addition to Keith Stokes, other members of the committee are the following:

Robin Wallace, chair of the RI State Yachting Committee
Halsey Herreshoff, President of the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame
David Elwell, Commodore of the New York Yacht Club
W.H. Dyer Jones, America's Cup regatta manager in Valencia and Auckland NZ
Michael Keyworth, RI Marine Trades Association
Brad Reed, Director of Sail Newport
Ed Lavelle, Newport city manager
Mark Brodeur, RI Tourism Director
Unnamed designees from Fox and Paiva Weed.

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