Ellison confirmed today that the Golden Gate YC had accepted a challenge from the Italian yacht club Mascalzone Latino in Rome, led by Vincenzo Omorato, but it was too early to say where the next Cup series will be sailed or in what type of boat. Asked if he was thinking of taking the Cup back to his home club in San Francisco, or to Newport, Rhode Island, he said, "I think we are open to considering a lot of options. We will talk to San Francisco, to Valencia
..Valencia have been fantastic hosts to the last two America's Cups. One thing I would like to assure people about the 34th America's Cup. There be a completely independent jury, there will be a completely independent umpires. It will be an independent group which manages the next America's Cup and there will be a level playing field for all competitors."