Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dubai to host sailing’s prestigious Louis Vuitton Trophy race


[Source: Emirates Airline] Dubai was today unveiled as the Middle East venue selected to host the Louis Vuitton Trophy, a two-week carnival of elite sailing which will put the global spotlight on the UAE.

Four spectacular 85-foot long America’s Cup Class yachts – sailed by world champions, Olympic medallists and round-the-world sailors – will be the focal point of the event which will firmly establish Dubai on the sport’s map.

The prestigious Louis Vuitton Trophy – a true test of the crews’ ability with teams racing identical yachts - is one of the most coveted events in sailing and Dubai joins established premier regatta venues, including Auckland, Sardinia and Hong Kong, as 2010 hosts.

It will be held at Mina Seyahi, the home of Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) next to the Palm Jumeirah, while Emirates Airline – a leading sponsor - will be flying in many of teams and their armies of support staff, as well as race officials and spectators from around the globe.

From left, Grant Dalton (CEO of Emirates Tean New Zealand), Saeed Harib (President of the UAE Marine Sports Federation and CEO of DIMC), HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum (Chairman of DIMC and Chairman and Chief Executive of the Emirates Airline Group), Yves Carcelle (CEO of Louis Vuitton) and Paul Cayard (Chairman of the World Sailing Team Association). Dubai, 17 January 2010. Photo copyright Emirates Airline

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman DIMC, and Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: “This is a real coup for Dubai. We are honoured to be part of this fantastic event which has rapidly emerged as a renowned spectacle of sport followed by millions around the world.

“As well as thrilling spectators both here and on TV, it will consolidate Dubai’s status as a venue capable of hosting major international sporting events.

“We are also looking forward to welcoming our very own Emirates Team New Zealand back to these shores and, having won the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland last year, confidence will be high coming into this event.

“Emirates has a great affinity with sailing and it is exciting to be strengthening our commitment to the sport further by supporting a race which will bring the world’s finest sailors to Dubai.”

The event – which gets under way on 13th November and will feature on-shore entertainment and a host of other activities - is also expected to put wind in the sails of the UAE tourism industry.

Businesses throughout the UAE are expected to benefit after the organisers of the 2009 Louis Vuitton Pacific Series reported that the 14-day festival injected US$12 million (Dhs 44 million) into the Auckland economy.

As well as Emirates Team New Zealand - featuring sailing great Dean Barker – and Artemis (Sweden), with the legendary Paul Cayard pulling the strings, the line-up is also expected to include: BMW ORACLE Racing (USA); Azzurra(Italy), TEAMORIGIN (Great Britain); Mascalzone Latino (Italy); Synergy (Russia); All4One (France/Germany); and Aleph Sailing Team (France).

Saeed Harib looks on as HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum presents a gift to Yves Carcelle. Dubai, 17 January 2010. Photo copyright Emirates Airline

Yves Carcelle, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton, said: "Louis Vuitton has been present in Dubai for more than 10 years. In 2010, we are thrilled to maintain this relationship through a great sailing event, while reinforcing the age-long Dubai tradition for regattas."

Saeed Harib, President of the UAE Marine Sports Federation and CEO of DIMC, which will host the race, is delighted to be helping the growth of the sport in the region.

“Dubai was host to the Emirates Team New Zealand Pro Am Series in 2006 and Alinghi and Victory Challenge boats during the winter of 2007,” said Harib.

“With the Louis Vuitton Trophy, DIMC and our partners Emirates Airline are continuing that relationship and in doing so creating a new platform for the development of modern sailing in the region.”

Paul Cayard, Chairman of the World Sailing Team Association and skipper/strategist of Team Artemis, said: “I have been sailing in Dubai on several occasions. The conditions are ideal, the course is next to the shore and the atmosphere is exciting. DIMC is a fantastic host and I am sure our event here will open many eyes to this fantastic racing venue.”

The Louis Vuitton Trophy – which is split into two five-day rounds, followed by semi-finals and the finals run over two days each - will mark the start of the Sea Dubai Watersports Festival, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The festival – now in its third year - will feature: the Dubai Shamaal World Surf Ski Championship; Oakley Riot World Wakeboard Tournament; UAE National Day Watersports Parade; Mina Mile Swimming Competition; Open Water Swim; Jet Ski Competition; Traditional 43ft Dhow Sailing Championship; and finishes on 11th December with the final round of the Class One World and XCat Powerboat World Championships.

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16 Comments:

At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, interesting to see, that Dubai, near Ras-al-Khaima, doesn't seem to be a security problem for BOR...

 
At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

En España solemos decir que se pilla antes a un mentiroso que a un cojo.
Es decir que RAK es peligroso para realizar una AC segun BMWOR y Dubai a 100 Kms no lo es?
Larry sigo diciendo que estas mal aconsejado. Ya te paso en la anterior edicion y vuelves a tropezar en la misma piedra. Mientras tanto te estan sacando la pasta y a vivir que son dos dias.Que lastima de pobre chico rico!

 
At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Por cierto, sobre el equipo español Desafio ¿se tienen noticias que tengan intencion de participar o estan desaparecidos en el fragor de la crisis?

 
At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, nice, that shows the world how false the BMWOracle campaign is...

 
At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you enjoy the event instead of bleating. It sure is more interesting than the current Americas Cup

 
At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

En España solemos argumentar con coherencia. BMOR argumentó que RAK no era una sede acorde con el DoG, por estar en el hemisferio Norte, y la jueza Kornreich consecuentemente les dió la razón. Así de sencillo, pero Ernesto no lo comprende ... y por eso está tan feliz de estar en Valencia (sic) ¿Quién es el cínico mentiroso aqui?

 
At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The event would be a lot nicer if BOR would heed their own advice and not participate! Who needs those lying losers!

 
At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:51 PM
Listo, hablo de la escusa por inseguridad de los Emirato,no de si esta o no en el Hemisferio Norte.
Para hacer una LVT no hay problemas de seguridad?

 
At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all the ignorants complaining about BOR policies: LVT is hosted on a 1.5 miles (max) course. DOG's course is 20 miles windward and return. Go on googlemap and see if that can make a difference. Please, avoid us your sarcasm, if it's sustained by lack of knowledge

 
At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:59 AM - let it rest as they didn't use the security card in court as everyone knew RAK is not Deed legal.

Btw there is a huge difference between Dubai & RAK being right next to Iran. Just go ask the English sailors who got busted or even the hikers who are still in jail in Iran.

 
At 1:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry está tan mal aconsejado que gana todos los pleitos a Ernesto que es muy listo. Insisto, ¿quién es el mentiroso cínico al que hemos pillado en Valencia? "I am very happy to be in Valencia, (but less happy than I was in RAK"). "Yo hechos, Larry palabras ..." (ejem la jueza me ha obligado a venir a Valencia,

 
At 2:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tribunal americano,equipo americano, Copa America contra equipo suizo; a ver ,dime el resultado?. Claro que ha sido obligado a venir a Valencia pero en mi opinion mejor navegar en Febrero en RAK que en Valencia para esta clase de barcos. Y te hago constar dos cosas: soy mas americano que la coca-cola, y te estoy escribiendo desde La Malvarrosa.

 
At 2:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:51 PM
"To all the ignorants".
I see googlemap and RAK have more than 20 miles windward and return.

 
At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ad 7.51, correct, makes no difference iro of proximity to Iran.

 
At 6:34 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Anonymous you need a handle. Is there one anonymous or several well informed anonymousness's? Get a name or keep out of it.

It is quite simple really, sail the AC regatta, let the best boat win. Winners keepers losers weepers

This trophy belongs to the men and woman that put there personal lives on hold (for years on end)to earn a living making the best boat win.

We deserve a fleet of durable boats. A fleet that will last several life times. Disposable boats are not the correct AC yacht. "Get ahead, stay ahead, win".

Shut up and sail.

PS. Way to go Dubai.
As a simple boatman I am honored by your generous offer to host this most prestigious event. May all your Olympians win gold medals.

 
At 6:35 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Anonymous you need a handle. Is there one anonymous or several well informed anonymousness's? Get a name or keep out of it.

It is quite simple really, sail the AC regatta, let the best boat win. Winners keepers losers weepers

This trophy belongs to the men and woman that put there personal lives on hold (for years on end)to earn a living making the best boat win.

We deserve a fleet of durable boats. A fleet that will last several life times. Disposable boats are not the correct AC yacht. "Get ahead, stay ahead, win".

Shut up and sail.

PS. Way to go Dubai.
As a simple boatman I am honored by your generous offer to host this most prestigious event. May all your Olympians win gold medals.

 

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