Down They Fall
The Louis Vuitton Pacific Cup is hemorrhaging entries. On top of last week’s news that Team Germany would not take part, comes this statement from Vincenzo Onorato. “It is with deep regret that I inform you that I have withdrawn the entry of our team from the next Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.
This decision is the result of a lengthy deliberation, and it doesn’t reflect my wish. It is due to the difficult international economic situation, which is making nearly impossible to find sponsors that would cover, even partially, the operational costs for a participation aiming at a good performance.
Further, making a low level participation to the Auckland regatta would mortify our aspirations for an event that deserves the maximum standard in terms of sport and organization.
My great sorrow in giving up is mostly for Louis Vuitton which is, in my opinion, the only depositary of the Cup’s tradition and dignity.
For this reason, I wish “good wind” to this event and to all participants and I hope its promoters will keep on with their dedication into our sport with the same passion they always had.
On our part, while waiting for the America’s Cup to find a reasonable and viable way to be pursued, Mascalzone Latino confirms its participation in the 2009 Farr 40 Class regatta.” There are rumors that the Greek team and France’s K-Challenge may also be doubtful LVPS starters.