New World Sailing Series Announced By Louis Vuitton. 2


As many predicted, long time America’s Cup sponsor (sorry, partner) have been working on an expanded version of the successful Louis Vuitton Pacific Series held in Auckland at the beginning of 2009. The series has strong support from well funded teams however there is bound to be fallout for other professional series.

The new tour will be called the Louis Vuitton World Series, but the organisational structure is based on those in other successful pro-sports with the competing teams forming the WSTA (World Sailing Team Association).

Ten teams will be invited to confront each other in successive duels over a fortnight on two pairs of identical boats chosen by lot. The racing boats were sailed in the 2007 LV Cup.  This concept, which demonstrates the desire to return to the original spirit of “match racing”, provides an exhilarating show and is easy for spectators to understand.

Ten teams will be invited to confront each other in successive duels over a fortnight on two pairs of identical boats chosen by lot. The racing boats were sailed in the 2007 LV Cup.  This concept, which demonstrates the desire to return to the original spirit of “match racing”, provides an exhilarating show and is easy for spectators to understand. The WSTA and Louis Vuitton plan to organise several regattas a year. Many cities of which Nice, Hong Kong, Auckland, New York and several other European venues have shown their interest.

In  a statement issued by Louis Vuitton today, America’s Cup challenger teams like K-Challenge (France), BMW Oracle Racing (USA), Emirates Team New Zealand, Mascalzone Latino (Italy) will be joined by Artemis (Sweden), Team Synergy (Russia), Joe Fly Italia (Italy) and Team French Spirit (France).

The news is good for sailing, though series like the RC44 and Audi Med Cup may suffer as teams like Artemis and Emirates Team New Zealand are unlikely to compete in both events. It should be good for the World Match Racing Tour, which is a well proven development environment for America’s Cup style match racing helmsmen and crew.

Many of these things have been announced before and have never happened, but one imagines that with Louis Vuitton’s backing and event gurus like Bruno Trouble on board, the new event has a good chance of success. A press conference will be held in Paris on Tuesday the 8th of September where more details will be released.

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