Saturday, August 07, 2010

Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas to end in 2010

[Source: World Sailing Teams Association] The World Sailing Teams Association, together with Louis Vuitton and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, will not develop the proposed Louis Vuitton Trophy Hong Kong any further.

The proposed world class sailing event, featuring some of the top racing teams in the world competing in Version 5 America’s Cup class boats, would have been scheduled for Victoria Harbour in January 2011. It has become clear however, that many of the teams involved are focusing their resources on their preparations for the 34th America’s Cup.

The Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas have provided sailing teams and their partners with high level racing whilst the 33rd America’s Cup held in Febuary 2010 was limited to one defender and one challenging team.

Now, the America’s Cup is back on track as a multi-team event with fair rules managed by a neutral authority and multiple America’s Cup Championship regattas culminating in the next Match. The new holder of the America’s Cup, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club, will confirm the venue of the 34th America’s Cup, and timing (2014 or 2013) later this year.

A South East Asia venue is under consideration for one of these ACC regattas.

WSTA and the Louis Vuitton Trophy would like to thank both the Hong Kong government and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club for the efforts they have made to date and the commitment they have shown in the preliminary planning stages for the event.

Building on the success of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series held in February 2009, the World Sailing Teams Association, in conjunction with Louis Vuitton, has already held three Louis Vuitton Trophy events in Nice, France, in Auckland, New Zealand and in La Maddalena, Italy.

The last regatta will be held in the United Arab Emirates in Dubai.

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At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has always been clear LV Trophy was an non- event only existing because of the mess BOR put the AC event into.

Now BOR goes it's own way and goodbye Bruno, goodbye Christine...

WSTA is dead. Thank you BOR

At 2:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the challengers' meeting (with or w/o ML) in VLC later this month?

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about entry fee that teams have to paid to be a member of WSTA??

At 11:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a real shame and I can't help being cynical and thinking that BOR will have made it very difficult for LV to run these regattas. Has there been any 'official' comment from Bruno Trouble anywhere?

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's the bifg fuzz? If they wish, LV will most certainly have the opportunity to be part of the AC34, either as sponsor of the challenger series or the actual AC. The goal of the LV Cup was to offer AC teams the opportunity to compete and advertize their teams to potential sponsors while Alinghi and BMWOracle were struggling to get AC33 done with.

Goal is achieved - now lets move on to AC34

At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the bit about fair rules etc. Where's the evidence?
Sitch up all round as predicted by most people who know these guys.

At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's no wonder Oracle want to stop competing in Version 5 boats given how dire they've been sailing them.

What i'd like to be made clear is what they intend to race in next year's 6-8 AC pre-regattas?


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