Louis Vuitton Trophy

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Louis Vuitton Trophy
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Sport Sailing
Founded 2009
No. of teams 10
Country NZL, USA, FRA, SWE, ITA, GBR, RUS
Related competitions America's Cup, Louis Vuitton Cup, Louis Vuitton Pacific Series

The Louis Vuitton Trophy was a series of four match race regattas in International America's Cup Class boats, held between November 2009 and November 2010.

The Louis Vuitton Trophy was organised after the success of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland and the continued legal battle surrounding the America's Cup yachting competition at the time. Because of the long delays from the legal action, and the fact that the 33rd America's Cup became a Deed of Gift match without a defender or challenger selection series, the Louis Vuitton Trophy series was established as a competition for other America's Cup racing syndicates.

Each of the four Trophy regattas featured between eight and ten teams in a round robin, with two teams advancing to a final to determine that regatta's Trophy winner.[1] Five different syndicates lent their own International America's Cup Class boats for shared use in the regattas, making participation more affordable for the teams.[2]

Supported by Louis Vuitton, the World Sailing Team Association and a group of ten America's Cup syndicates from seven countries, these relatively low cost events running on loaned boats kept syndicates active while waiting for the 8th Louis Vuitton Cup to determine the challenger for the 34th America's Cup.

Name[edit]

The series was originally launched as the Louis Vuitton World Series but after a request from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) the name was changed to the Louis Vuitton Trophy.[3]

Teams[edit]

Country Team Club Skipper Notes
 New Zealand Team New Zealand Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Dean Barker Host (Auckland)
 United States BMW Oracle Racing Golden Gate Yacht Club James Spithill, Gavin Brady, Hamish Pepper Crew in Nice was separate from the one participating in the 2010 America's Cup. Did not send a team to Auckland.
 Sweden Team Artemis Royal Swedish Yacht Club Paul Cayard
 France/ Germany ALL4ONE Cercle de la Voile de Paris / Kieler Yacht-Club Sébastien Col, Jochen Schümann Host (Nice). ALL4ONE uses FRA as flag state on boat it lent to this event.
 France Team French Spirit Bertrand Pacé
 Russia Team Synergy Karol Jablonski
 Italy Mascalzone Latino Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia / Club Nautico di Roma Gavin Brady Host (La Maddalena). Did not compete in Nice.
 Italy Azzurra Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Francesco Bruni, Tommaso Chieffi
 United Kingdom Team Origin Royal Thames Yacht Club Ben Ainslie
 Italy Luna Rossa Yacht Club Italiano Ed Baird Did not compete in Nice or Auckland.

Venues[edit]

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A trophy was awarded to the winner at each of the four events, held in four different countries between November 2009 and November 2010.

A fifth event was scheduled for January, 2011. San Diego submitted a bid for a sixth, March 2011 event,[1] while various cities/countries (Russia, Greece, Newport, Valencia, Cape Town and Abu Dhabi) expressed an interest in bidding for future Trophy regattas.[4][5]

The fifth event in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series – and all future Trophy plans – were set aside when the plans for the 34th America's Cup were announced.

Dates Regatta Winner Runner Up
7–22 November 2009 France Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d’Azur Italy Azzurra New Zealand Team New Zealand
9–21 March 2010 New Zealand Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland New Zealand Team New Zealand Italy Mascalzone Latino
22 May - 6 June 2010 Italy Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena New Zealand Team New Zealand Russia Team Synergy
13–28 November 2010 United Arab Emirates Louis Vuitton Trophy Middle East New Zealand Team New Zealand United States BMW Oracle Racing
9–24 January 2011 Hong Kong Louis Vuitton Trophy Hong Kong N/A N/A

Yachts[edit]

All events used International America's Cup Class yachts, lent to the regatta by various syndicates.

Regatta Shared Yachts
France Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d’Azur Mascalzone Latino's ITA-90 & ITA-99, All4One's FRA-93, Team Origin's GBR-75
New Zealand Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland Team New Zealand's NZL-84 & NZL-92, BMW Oracle Racing's USA-87 was a safety backup but was not required.[6]
Italy Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena Mascalzone Latino's ITA-90 & ITA-99, BMW Oracle Racing's USA-87 & USA-98
United Arab Emirates Louis Vuitton Trophy Middle East Team New Zealand's NZL-84 & NZL-92, BMW Oracle Racing's USA-87 & USA-98.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b San Diego bid to host Louis Vuitton regatta New Zealand Herald, 9 April 2010
  2. ^ "Yachting: Standoff may spark Cup-like regattas – Yachting – NZ Herald News". Nzherald.co.nz. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  3. ^ Two more entries for Louis Vuitton Trophy - Nice WSTA, October 6, 2009
  4. ^ The man with the plan Louis Vuitton Trophy, 15 November 2009
  5. ^ Lewis, Paul (27 September 2009). "Yachting: Dalton seeks cash for twin challenge". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Lewis, Paul (20 December 2009). "Yachting: BMW Oracle out of Auckland regatta". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 

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