2003 Louis Vuitton Cup

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6th Louis Vuitton Cup
Date 1 October 2002 - 19 January 2003
Winner Switzerland Alinghi
Location Auckland, New Zealand

The 6th Louis Vuitton Cup was held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2003. The winner, Alinghi, went on to challenge for and win the 2003 America's Cup.

The teams[edit]

The Yacht Club Punta Ala was the challenger of record.

Club Team Skipper Yachts
Switzerland Société Nautique de Genève Alinghi New Zealand Russell Coutts SUI-64
United Kingdom Royal Ocean Racing Club GBR Challenge United Kingdom Ian Walker GBR-70
France Union Nationale Pour La Course au Large Le Defi Areva France Luc Pillot FRA-69
Italy Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia Mascalzone Latino Italy Vincenzo Onorato ITA-72
United States Seattle Yacht Club OneWorld United States Peter Gilmour USA-65 & USA-67
United States Golden Gate Yacht Club Oracle BMW Racing United States Peter Holmberg
New Zealand Chris Dickson
Italy Yacht Club Punta Ala Prada Challenge Italy Francesco de Angelis ITA-74
United States New York Yacht Club Team Dennis Conner United States Dennis Conner USA-66 & USA-77
Sweden Gamla Stans Yacht Sallskap Victory Challenge Sweden Mats Johansson SWE-63 & SWE-73


Founded by Swiss businessman Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi featured Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth who had both joined from Team New Zealand. Jochen Schuemann was also involved in the team.[1]

GBR Challenge[edit]

Put together by Peter Harrison and New Zealander David Barnes, the team was skippered by Ian Walker.[2] GBR 70 was known as Wight Lightning while GBR 78 was called Wight Magic.

Le Defi Areva[edit]

Despite 2000 skipper Bertrand Pace joining Team New Zealand, Le Defi returned in 2003 with Luc Pillot skippering FRA 79.[3]

Mascalzone Latino[edit]

Headed by shipping magnate Vincenzo Onorato, Mascalzone Latino featured an all-Italian crew. The syndicate was only established in 2001 and Paolo Ciann served as helmsman.[4]


Part-financed by Microsoft mogul Paul Allen, OneWorld was based in Seattle. Skippered by Peter Gilmour, the team was docked one Louis Vuitton point by an arbitration panel for being in possession of design secrets from another team.[5]

Oracle BMW Racing[edit]

Founded by Larry Ellison who bought the assets of 2000 syndicate AmericaOne. The team was skippered by Peter Holmberg and also featured Paul Cayard and Chris Dickson. USA 71 and USA 76 were designed by Bruce Farr.[6]

Prada Challenge[edit]

Prada's crew included members of the 2000 Young America syndicate. They were again skippered by Francesco de Angelis and Rod Davis was in the afterguard.[7]

Team Dennis Conner[edit]

Team Dennis Conner's USA 77 suffered a massive blow when it sunk off the Californian coast in July before the Cup began.[8]

Victory Challenge[edit]

Principal backer Jan Stenbeck died of a heart attack in August 2002.[9] This was Sweden's first America's Cup bid since 1992.

Round robin[edit]

Team name Races Won RR1 Pts. RR2 Pts. Total Pts. Ranking
Switzerland Alinghi 16 13 7 6 13 1
United States BMWOracle 16 12 5 7 12 2
United States OneWorld 16 13 8 5 12* 3
Italy Prada Challenge 16 11 4 7 11 4
Sweden Victory Challenge 16 7 3 4 7 5
United Kingdom GBR Challenge 16 7 4 3 7 6
United States Stars & Stripes 16 6 5 1 6 7
France Le Defi Areva 16 2 1 1 2 8
Italy Mascalzone Latino 16 1 0 1 1 9

* OneWorld was docked one race win.


Quarter finals[edit]

Quarter Finals Repecharge
4 Italy Prada Challenge 0
1 Switzerland Alinghi 4
Italy Prada Challenge 4
Sweden Victory Challenge 0
5 Sweden Victory Challenge 4
8 France Le Defi Areva 1
Quarter Finals Repecharge
7 United States Stars & Stripes 4
6 United Kingdom GBR Challenge 1
United States Stars & Stripes 0
United States OneWorld 0
3 United States OneWorld 4
2 United States BMW Oracle 0


  Semi Finals Repecharge Final
United States BMW Oracle 0  
Switzerland Alinghi 4         Switzerland Alinghi 5
      United States BMW Oracle 4   United States BMW Oracle 1
  United States OneWorld 0  
United States OneWorld 4
Italy Prada Challenge 2  


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