iShares 2009 Round Two Goes to Hyères.

Hyères, in the region of Toulon Provence Méditerranée (TPM), will host the second round of the 2009 iShares Cup from 3-5 July. It will be the second year that the venue has hosted the event.

In 2008 Hyères provided the Extreme 40 teams with spectacular conditions that resulted in some of last season’s most striking images. The 18-race regatta went to the wire and the thrilling conditions of Hyères challenged the crews every day – resulting in a number of heart-stopping capsizes and collisions.

The 2009 iShares Cup Hyères-TPM event will, once again, offer the public, VIPs and media the chance to get close to the action with live race commentary throughout the three days of competition.

This year there is the added attraction of a strong French contingent led by French sailing superstars Franck Cammas and Loick Peyron.

Monsieur Edmond Bacci, Deputy Councillor, Nautical Events, Hyères said :

“We are proud to add the iShares Cup to the list of major sailing events in the town for the second consecutive year. The city of Hyères boasts a great sailing venue, meaning several iShares Cup teams now come to train throughout the year. The unique race format will please the public, who we expect to arrive in large numbers this season.”

Gilles Chiorri, OC Events Director :

“Our host venues are expected to deliver first-rate facilities and support, a spectator-friendly venue that provides unique and challenging sporting conditions for the professional sailors, high-level city amenities and a passion for the sport. Hyères-TPM certainly delivers on all these counts and their enthusiasm for the sport of sailing is not only historic but continues unabated so it is a pleasure for us to return to this premium sailing venue.”

Rick Andrews, Head of iShares Marketing, Europe commented:

“The sailing at last year’s iShares Cup event in Hyeres was amongst the most dramatic of the season and we are delighted to be returning to such a renowned sailing venue.”