Whether this reception, which Ehman lauded as the best yet on their tour, is a positive sign for Rhode Island’s chances of landing the 34th America’s Cup remains to be seen—it certainly isn’t a negative. Ehman, the team’s director of external affairs and the emcee for the event, said that San Francisco remains at the top of the list as it’s the preferred spot of team owner Larry Ellison, and the home port of the Golden Gate YC. Though, Ehman also added, that San Francisco has many hurdles still to surmount regarding the facilities. Speaking of Newport, the former Newport resident said the proposed village on Fort Adams is “second to none” and that the quality of the village “is not an issue.” Ehman added that the team has decided to forego a formal RFP process. It knows, he said, which cities are in the running: San Francisco, Newport, Valencia, Spain, and one or two other—as yet unnamed—ports in Europe. Ehman said that San Diego does not want to stand in the way of its northern in-state rival and therefore is no longer being considered for the Cup, though the city is expected to host a Louis Vuitton Trophy event in 2011 and would likely be line to host other Cup-related events in 2012 and 2013. As the team stated earlier this year, the venue decision will be announced before the end of 2010.