The America’s Cup teams, unable to give their sponsors any compelling reasons to back their cause due to the legal spat between BMW ORACLE and Alinghi, are squeezing everything they can out of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.
Italia Challenge have announced that Damiani, the Italian high-end luxury jeweler, will take part in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series regattas, to be held in Auckland from the 30th of January until the 15th of February.
Following the success in the Mediterranean that from a number of year link Damiani with the sailing world through the Ourdream Maxi Yacht – winner of trophies such as the Pirelli, Zegna and Barca dell’Anno in 2006 – the Italian luxury brand enters the high-level international sailing circuit by sponsoring Italia Challenge, skippered by Vasco Vascotto.
“I have always been fond of the sea and I’m a very passionate sailor, stated Giorgio Damiani, Vice President of Gruppo Damiani. It’s a great honour and satisfaction for our group to be present in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series with a team that bears our name. We have been exploring the sailing world from some years now and today, with this participation, we cross the frontiers of the Mediterranean through a top-level event that will capture the attention of all sailing fans throughout the world”.
“Damiani’s involvement has been for us an important operation, given the very high standing the brand enjoys throughout the world, commented Andrea Cecchetti, President of Italia Challenge. Sailing was certainly not unknown for Damiani and, by supporting this adventure, the Italian jeweler, known worldwide, will consolidate its passion for the sea”.
“It’s an honor for us to have such a prestigious sponsor, concluded Vasco Vascotto, Skipper and Tactician of Damiani Italia Challenge. The team trained during the previous days in Valencia, we are ready to start this new adventure, aware of our means and the efforts made so far. We have created a united group and with Francesco Bruni we have great mutual understanding, something fundamental in Match Race events.”