Not the America’s
Louis Vuitton announced today an international match-racing series
to be sailed in Auckland in January-February next year. To be called
the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, the regatta is being held in association
with the New Zealand Government, Auckland Agencies, the Royal New Zealand
Yacht Squadron, SKYCITY Entertainment Group and Emirates Team New Zealand.
All sailing teams that participated in Louis Vuitton Cup regattas in
the past have been invited to compete in the Auckland regatta from January
31 – February 14 2009. Organisers expect six teams will compete.
Louis Vuitton will accept competing syndicates on a “first come,
first served” basis. Races will be sailed in Emirates Team New
Zealand yachts. The boats have very similar performance. Some configuration
changes will be made to ensure even racing.
Louis Vuitton spokesman Bruno Trouble said: “The Auckland event
is neither competing with the America‘s Cup, nor part of the next
America’s Cup process. Read