New York City could get a taste of America’s Cup yacht action, race organizers say, after a broadcast deal with NBC prompted some possible scheduling changes.
Some August racing dates could occur in New York instead of San Francisco, although race officials also tentatively scheduled an additional series of events to coincide with Fleet Week in early October here in The City.
In either case, Stephen Barclay of the America’s Cup Event Authority said there will be no net loss of race days for San Francisco’s 2012 World Series events, which will serve as the precursor to the regatta’s main event in September 2013.
Barclay said the New York events are a long shot, but that expanding events to New York and the local Fleet Week could be “a fantastic opportunity to energize America” about the regatta and galvanize a television audience for the sport.
The America’s Cup is set to be televised in the U.S. for the first time since 1992, and race officials are trying to revamp the sport’s image with larger and faster boats to draw a mainstream audience.