The Louis Vuitton Trophy
About the Louis Vuitton Trophy:
Each Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta is a stand-alone regatta sailed in event-supplied 85-foot long AC Class yachts that require a crew of 17 top sailors to sail. The regatta concept is designed to transform a port venue, regardless of its previous sailing culture, into the capital of professional yacht racing for two weeks, along with all the associated activities and excitement, on and off the water.
The concept of the Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas was inspired by the acclaimed Louis Vuitton Pacific Series raced in Auckland, NZ, last February.
The scheduled events covered four distinctly different parts of the world:
There were also unofficial discussions about future Louis Vuitton Trophy events to be held in the US (most likely Newport, RI; though San Francisco and New York were mentioned) and Britain.
Dubai was referred to by organizers as "The Final Louis Vuitton Trophy" event, as well as the farewell for the America's Cup Class ACC) in top level competion. Despite potential for future events involving LV in 2011 and onward, possibly as an element of the 2013 America's Cup lead-up regattas, up until late November no announcement had been made.
Speaking of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, Yves Carcelle, LVMH Chairman and CEO, said "This chapter of the story is coming to an end, but we are very proud and happy that the Louis Vuitton Trophy has been able to provide a competitive outlet over the past two years for so many of the teams.”
Bruno Troublé, who has been a central force behind the association of the America's Cup with LV from the beginning of their sponsorship in 1983, previously told Voiles et Voilers in October that relations with BMW Oracle are excellent and LV would like to find a role in the regatta, but that any decisions probably would not come until January, 2011, at the soonest.
Earlier than expected, on November 27, 2010, at the LVT in Dubai, the company announced that they would again sponsor the Louis Vuitton Cup for the 2013 America's Cup. Louis Vuitton has been an enthusiastic backer of the challenger selection series for many years, and their announcement was a welcome sign.
The details of the America's Cup and Louis Vuitton Cup events are currently being determined.
LVT Series -
Stories and Press Release:
What's What: Cup, Acts, Series, Trophies
The Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas are independent racing events staged by the World Sailing Team Association (WSTA), a group formed by several sailing teams to self-administer a new top level match racing circuit.
Louis Vuitton has a history of sponsoring top-level match racing, primarily associated with selecting the ultimate Challenger for the America's Cup, that stretches back to 1983. Other LV-related regattas are:
Vuitton Cup (LVC):
Challenger Selection Series
Despite 24 years of strong support, Louis Vuitton and 32nd/33rd Defender SNG/Alinghi had a falling out in the wake of the 2007 America's Cup match over conflicting views of the best interests of the event and Louis Vuitton withdrew from sponsoring the challenger races. Following the the victory of Golden Gate YC and BMW Oracle Racing in February, 2010, a return of Louis Vuitton as a patron of America's Cup Challenge Selection Series seemed likely, and was formally announced November 27, 2010.
Pacific Series (LVPS):
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Pacific Series (LVPS):
Vuitton Trophy Regatta, Dubai, UAE
ETNZ beats BMW Oracle to win Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai
Press Release (Nov 11):
LVT Dubai Marks End of An Era for America's
Cup Class Yachts
Vuitton Trophy Regatta
Italy's Azzurra wins the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice after defeating Emirates Team New Zealand 2-0 in the Finals. ETNZ finishes second in the regatta.
Louis Vuitton Pacific
About Louis Vuitton
About the WSTA
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