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New London Wants America's Cup, Well Part, Anyway

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    Connecticut group eyeing America's Cup venue in New London.

    Don't expect to see America's Cup in New London, but some of the qualifying races would be nice.

    The New London City Council has agreed to help a group that's promoting the city as a possible venue for the 34th America's Cup races.  

    The Thames River America's Cup committee has been meeting for three months to find ways to promote New London for the world's third-largest sporting event (behind World Cup soccer and the Olympics). 

    According to the New London Day, the City Council agreed to give the group $5,000, but only if it finds matching funds. 

    John Johnson, a member of the committee, told the City Council "it's really a possibility we can get a portion of America's Cup here."

    The group is reportedly looking to raise between $20,000 to $25,000 to hire a consultant.

    The 34th regatta will likely be held in 2013.  San Francisco, San Diego and Newport are all vying for the race, New London might be able to make a bid to bring some of the qualifying races to New England waters.

    "The committee is not seeking the whole enchilada," said Frank McLaughlin, also a member of the committee.