Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland

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Louis Vuitton Trophy
Date 7–21 March 2010
Winner Team New Zealand
Location Auckland, New Zealand

The Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland was the second in a scheduled series of regattas that compete for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. The regatta was held in Auckland between 7–21 March 2010.[1] The Louis Vuitton Trophy format uses existing International America's Cup Class yachts loaned to the regatta by various America's Cup racing syndicates, keeping costs relatively low for the competing teams.

The Louis Vuitton Trophy was organised after the success of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series 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 2010 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.

The Auckland event was hosted by Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

The Yachts[edit]

The event used two International America's Cup Class yachts loaned specifically for the event; Team New Zealand's NZL-92 and NZL-84. One of BMW Oracle Racing's old boats, USA-87, was on standby to be used as a backup in case of damage, but was not required.[2][3]


Eight teams competed in the Auckland event. BMW Oracle Racing did not compete due to the pressures of the 2010 America's Cup.[2]

Ranking Country Team Club Skipper/Helmsman Notes
1  New Zealand Team New Zealand Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Dean Barker Host
2  Italy Mascalzone Latino Club Nautico di Roma Gavin Brady
3  Italy Azzurra Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Francesco Bruni
4  Sweden Team Artemis Royal Swedish Yacht Club Paul Cayard
5  United Kingdom Team Origin Royal Thames Yacht Club Ben Ainslie
6  France ALL4ONE Cercle de la Voile de Paris Jochen Schümann/Sébastien Col
7  France Aleph Bertrand Pacé
8  Russia Team Synergy Karol Jablonski

The Races[edit]

Round Robin[edit]

7–16 March

Team Name Races W L
New Zealand Team New Zealand 7 6 1
Italy Mascalzone Latino Audi 7 5 2
FranceGermany ALL4ONE Challenge 7 4 3
Italy Azzurra 7 4 3
Sweden Team Artemis 7 4 3
United Kingdom Team Origin 7 3 4
France Aleph 7 2* 5
Russia Synergy Russian Sailing 7 0 7
A4O 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 4
ART 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 4
APH 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
AZZ 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 4
TNZ 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 6
MAS 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 5
SYN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ORG 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3

*deducted a point for damaging the boats[4]

Elimination Finals[edit]

17–20 March
The final series used the McIntyre Final Eight System, with all teams competing in the first elimination round. Team New Zealand and Mascalzone Latino Audi Team both earned a bye during the second elimination round. The second elimination round was scheduled for a best of three but was reduced to just one race due to low winds in the morning of the 18 March. As top seed after the first elimination round, Team New Zealand decided to face Azzurra in the Semifinals.[5]

Seed Team Name 1
4 Azzurra 0
5 Artemis 1
Seed Team Name 1
6 Team Origin 1
Seed Team Name 1
2 Mascalzone Latino 1
7 Aleph 0
Seed Team Name 1
1 Team New Zealand 1
8 Synergy 0
  Elimination Round 2 Semifinals Final
Mascalzone Latino 2
Artemis 1
Team Origin 0
Artemis 1
Mascalzone Latino 0
Team New Zealand 1
Azzurra 1
Azzurra 1 Third place
Team New Zealand 1
  Azzurra 1
  Artemis 0

The Final[edit]

Team Name 1 2 3 4 5 T
Mascalzone Latino Audi Team L L X X X 0
Team New Zealand W (00:12) W X X X 2

Due to light wind the Final series was reduced to a best of three series.

2010 Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland
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Team New Zealand
First Title



Large TV screens were set up in the Viaduct Harbour for spectators to watch. Coverage was also be streamed online.

TVNZ featured the early round robin results in there One News sports coverage, as did TV3's 3 News. From the elimination stage TV One had a nightly half-hour report and the two final days featured live broadcasts on TV One.


The event was broadcast on a special radio station set up for the event, LiveSport Sailing 103.0 FM.

Junior Series[edit]

A Junior series for under-15's was again be run at the same time as the main regatta. The competition used O'pen BIC yachts around a short course in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The winner received the opportunity to be 18th man on one of the boats boat during the Cup Final races and an O'pen Bic yacht. The event was sponsored by the New Zealand Herald.

Auckland Festival of Sail[edit]

The Louis Vuitton Trophy is part of an "Auckland Festival of Sail", as the event was preceded by the Omega Auckland match-race regatta and followed by the BMW World Sailing Cup final.[6] The Auckland International Boat Show also took place from the 11–14 March.[7]

A one-day superyacht regatta was also planned to be held alongside the Louis Vuitton event.[8]

The New Zealand Government committed NZ$1.5 million to help fund the Festival and the Auckland City Council contributed $650,000.[2]

Match Racing Regatta[edit]

The Auckland Match Racing Regatta was held from the 3 March until the 6 March and included ten well known skippers. The teams of five sailed in identical Bruce Farr designed MRX's. The regatta was won by Dean Barker who defeated Ben Ainslie in the final.[9] The winning crew consisted of Barker, Ray Davies, Jeremy Lomas, Don Cowie, James Dagg and Tony Rae.[10]

Skipper Pts
Ben Ainslie (GBR) 8
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) 5
Adam Minoprio (NZL) 5
Dean Barker (NZL) 5
Karol Jablonski (POL) 5
Bertrand Pace (FRA) 4
Magnus Holmberg (SWE) 3.5
Francesco Bruni (ITA) 3.5
Chris Dickson (NZL) 3
Sébastian Col (FRA) 3
  Semifinals     Final
  1 Ben Ainslie 2  
  4 Torvar Mirsky 0    
        Ben Ainslie 0
        Dean Barker 2
  2 Adam Minoprio 0    
  3 Dean Barker 2   Third place
  Torvar Mirsky 0
    Adam Minoprio 2

BMW Sailing Cup world final[edit]

The BMW Sailing Cup world final was held from the 22 March until the 25 March and included seven amateur national teams sailing in Farr MRX's.[11] The regatta was won by New Zealand, who became the first country to win back to back titles.[12]

Rank Team
1 New Zealand
2 Portugal
3 Italy
4 Malta
5 Spain
6 Hong Kong
7 Germany
  Semifinals     Final
  1 New Zealand 2  
  4 Malta 0    
        New Zealand 3
        Portugal 0
  2 Italy 0    
  3 Portugal 2   Third place
  Malta 0
    Italy 2


  1. ^ Auckland to stage Louis Vuitton World Series infonews.co.nz, 9 September 2009
  2. ^ a b c Lewis, Paul (20 December 2009). "Yachting: BMW Oracle out of Auckland regatta". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Ready and raring to race! WSTA, 4 March 2010
  4. ^ McFadden, Suzanne (14 March 2010). "Yachting: Ripping yarns on harbour". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Yachting: Team NZ not planning to be nice". The New Zealand Herald. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Johannsen, Dana (17 December 2009). "Yachting: Triple event for world's top sailors". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Auckland Festival of Sailing Auckland City Council
  8. ^ Superyacht event for Auckland Louis Vuitton World Series Yachting World, 5 November 2009
  9. ^ Pearce, Bob (7 March 2010). "Yachting: Barker hits his straps". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Accessed 8 March 2010
  11. ^ Regatta Information. BMW Yachtsport
  12. ^ "Yachting: Regatta victory for Team NZ". The New Zealand Herald. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • www.louisvuittontrophy.com/home/ - Official Website

Preceded by
Second Louis Vuitton Trophy Regatta
March 2010
Succeeded by
La Maddalena
Preceded by
Second Louis Vuitton Auckland Regatta
March 2010
Succeeded by
To be Confirmed