Where next for the America's Cup?

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We contemplate what the 35th America's Cup might look like
With the 34th America’s Cup poised to begin, in the back offices at Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA, deals are in various stages of being done by each to pick their Challenger of Record and to have a Protocol for the 35th America’s Cup at least drafted, in case they win the 34th. One can guess that in the case of Kiwi victory, then the Challenger of Record might be Luna Rossa, who has buddied with them, buying into their technology and training with them during this Cup cycle. If Oracle successfully defends then it could well again be Artemis Racing, with whom they have had a cosy relationship this time (overly cosy, the other challengers argue), or if he genuinely believes he can get backing for his team, then Ben Ainslie, who is currently part of Oracle Team USA as its B-boat skipper, might be another alternative. If Oracle Team USA wins, there is a rumour circulating that Team Principle Larry Ellison is not overly keen to defend it for a second time. San Francisco is Ellison’s main home with Oracle’s global HQ further up San Francisco Bay in Redwood Shores. Locally Oracle backs the Golden Gate Warriors basketball team and its venue, Oakland Arena, was renamed Oracle Arena. However the number of hurdles the city has made the America’s Cup Event Authority leap and the amount of red tape required to be cut has been wearing. The deal with the city then required ruthless scaling back and renegotiation when it became apparent that the event was set to be much smaller, with less teams, than originally forecast. If Oracle Team USA does come out on top then one wonders if Ellison would stay in San Francisco or if he might take the event across to the East