If by chance the America II syndicate were to win the America's Cup and the competition did return to the eastern seaboard of the United States, it is very probable that the New York Yacht Club would have to create a new venue for the races. Since 1983 large chunks of what was once Newport, R.I.'s working waterfront have been Chewed up by developers of condominiums and time share resorts. Right now Newport could not accommodate the 9 syndicates it handled during the 1983 races, much less the 17 or more that could reasonably be expected to show up should the Cup return to American waters...make that American markets.
Somehow, in spite of war, depression, scandal and apathy, the America's Cup has survived for 135 years. It will probably survive rampant free enterprise, too. If anything finally sinks the Auld Mug, it is likely to be the burden of hype it has taken on, the deadweight of promotional copy such as the following excerpt from an Australian brochure called "Supporting the Cup Means Business":
"The glamour, glitter and tradition of the America's Cup will create an unbelievable atmosphere. Corporate heads will rub shoulders with Royalty international heads of State, entrepreneurs, financiers and key decision makers. It will be the yachting extravaganza of the year. And the business opportunity of the decade."
What's a nice sailboat race doing in a paragraph like that?