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 and included Jim Turner.[2][3] 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.[4]

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 Cian served as helmsman and the crew included Flavio Favini,[5] Shannon Falcone,[6] Giuseppe Brizzi,[7] Davide Scarpa,[8] and Pierluigi De Felice.[9]


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.[10]

The design team included Laurie Davidson, Bruce Nelson and Phil Kaiko and the sailing team included 10 Olympic medallists, three round-the-world winners, 60 world championship titles in various classes, and 16 America's Cup winners.[11]

The crew included Kevin Shoebridge as a trimmer, Mark Mendelblatt as backup helmsman, Kevin Hall, Rick Dodson,[12] David Endean, Grant Spanhake, Peter Waymouth, Matt Mason,[6] Joey Newton,[6] James Spithill, Jeremy Scantlebury, Alan Smith,[13] Andy Fethers, Andrew Taylor, Scott Crawford,[14] and Olympians Craig Monk, Don Cowie, Ben Ainslie, Kelvin Harrap, Charles and Jonathan McKee.[15][16][17][18][16]

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, Matt Welling,[19] John Cutler, Phil Jameson, Brad Webb, Brian MacInnes,[6] Cameron Dunn,[20] and Chris Dickson. USA 71 and USA 76 were designed by Bruce Farr.[21]

Roy Heiner sailed the trial boat.

Prada Challenge[edit]

Founded by Patrizio Bertelli, Prada's crew included members of the 2000 Young America syndicate. They were again skippered by Francesco de Angelis and Rod Davis, Pietro D'Ali, Thomas Burnham, Hartwell Jordan, Piero Romeo,[22] Gavin Brady,[23] Francesco Bruni, Andrew Hemmings, Steven Erickson, Matteo Plazzi,[24] Gilberto Nobili,[6] Massimo Gherarducci, Alberto Barovier,[25] and Torben Grael were in the crew.[26][27]

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.[28] The helmsman was Ken Read and the team included Terry Hutchinson.[29]

Victory Challenge[edit]

Principal backer Jan Stenbeck died of a heart attack in August 2002.[30] This was Sweden's first America's Cup bid since 1992 and the crew included Magnus Holmberg, Lars Linger, Stefan Rahm, Mikkel Røssberg, Jesper Bank, Mats Johansson, Roger Hall and Olympian Magnus Augustson.[31][23]

Their boats were designed by Germán Frers and Cole (Skip) Lissiman was their coach.[32]

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 4
3 United States OneWorld 0
2 United States BMW Oracle 4


  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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