NZ Herald: BMW Oracle withdraws from LV Trophy Auckland
Update: We contacted BMW Oracle and it was confirmed that the team will not participate in the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland in order to be "100 percent focused on the 33 America's Cup". BMW Oracle will compete in the remaining Louis Vuitton regattas planned for 2010 and "continues its commitment to and support of the Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas and the World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA)".
[Source: NZ Herald] BMW Oracle have withdrawn from the Auckland regatta of the Louis Vuitton Trophy in March.
The news will come as a blow, as BMW Oracle are one of the founding forces behind the Louis Vuitton regatta that so successfully launched in Auckland last summer and which spawned a world series.
That opened in Nice in November and will be followed by Auckland in March, La Maddelena in Sardinia in May and then a Middle Eastern venue in November 2010 (to be named next month). Hong Kong has been mooted as the next Louis Vuitton venue, in January 2011.
BMW Oracle say they are too busy with their impending big-boat America's Cup challenge against Alinghi, now confirmed in Valencia for February 12.
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