Thanks to ALL4ONE for providing great up to date information on the emerging series that is the Louis Vuitton Trophy. The French German Team are one of the most pro-active when it comes to providing information to partners and stakeholders, including the media.
Yesterday, the enigmatic World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA) and Louis Vuitton announced four new events to take the series through until January 2011. The concept will build on the successful recent event in Nice; designed to transform a port venue, regardless of its previous sailing culture, into the capital of professional yacht racing for two weeks, along with all the associated activities and excitement, on and off the water.
The calendar visits the new growth markets for sailing, which are also large and growing markets for Louis Vuitton.
- Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland: 9 – 21 March 2010
- Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena, Sardinia: 22 May – 6 June 2010
- Louis Vuitton Trophy Middle East: 13 – 28 November 2010
- Louis Vuitton Trophy Hong Kong: 9 – 24 January 2011
In a statement, newly-elected WSTA board Chairman Paul Cayard commented:
“The Louis Vuitton Trophy is gaining momentum following the great regattas held in Auckland and Nice in 2009 and I really believe 2010 is going to be an even better year for our teams, their crews and supporters.”
Jochen Schümann, ALL4ONE’s Sports Director and Skipper:
“Great to have a reliable schedule for Louis Vuitton Trophy events, after the success that was met in Nice Côte d’Azur in November 2009. ALL4ONE is already planning another overall crew training for February in Valencia on ACC boat, in order to prepare an upcoming busy season as one platform for four challenges with the Louis Vuitton Trophy events, the TP52 MedCup, the RC44 circuit and the World Match Racing Tour.
Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton said the team welcomed Louis Vuitton’s return to Auckland:
“Last February we tested the concept. Its success far exceeded everyone’s expectations.” The Louis Vuitton Trophy has emerged from that experiment as a viable, top-level regatta. It’s good for the teams, it’s good for the sport, it’s good for host cities and we’ve given the fans something to watch.”
The Middle East venue has been embargoed until January 15th, 2010.