28 Oct, 2010
Preparations nearly complete for Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai
The final Louis Vuitton Trophy event is scheduled to start in Dubai on November 12th, featuring six of the top international sailing teams in the world.
With the regatta just over two weeks away, staff from the World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA), a co-organiser of the event along with Louis Vuitton and the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), are on the ground and hard at work building the Race Village and preparing the race boats.
“There is a huge amount of activity surrounding the Louis Vuitton Trophy at DIMC and the arrival of the four America’s Cup Class boats certainly increased the enthusiasm of everyone involved,” said Saeed Hareb, CEO of DIMC.
“We have installed a very large, two-storey chalet between the clubhouse and the race department, which will house the event media, TV, VIP lounge, offices, shops and reception and forms a focal point of the village. Watching it all take shape has been fascinating, especially as every day someone new is arriving on site from either the teams, the organisation or press and the scene is being set for a really exceptional event.”
Racing will take place in four equalised ACC yachts, the type of boat used in the America’s Cup from 1992 to 2007. Nearly 50 shore-crew are already on site to get the yachts unloaded and upacked, rigged, tested and ready to race.
The match racing regatta will consist of a double round robin, followed by semi final elimination rounds, before a new champion is crowned in the final, a ‘best-of-five’ clash between the two top teams, scheduled for the 26-27 November.
This is the last of four Louis Vuitton Trophy events before many of the teams shift their focus to multihull racing ahead of the next America’s Cup.
“We’re really looking forward to bringing top level sailing to Dubai and enjoying the great racing conditions on offer there at this time of year,” said Paul Cayard, the Chairman of the WSTA, co-organiser of the event, as well as the skipper of the Swedish Artemis team.
“These teams comprise many of the best sailors in the world, so the competitive spirit is always high, and the racing is among the best we do. It’s close, it’s hard-fought, and we all want to win.”
The five other competitors include BMW ORACLE Racing, which won the America’s Cup earlier this year, as well as Mascalzone Latino, the current challenger of record.
The Russian Synergy team, a finalist in the previous event in La Maddalena, Italy will be hoping to improve on that result while the French-German team, All4One, will look to continue its steady improvement over the course of the four regattas.
Meanwhile, Emirates Team New Zealand, the most consistent performer in the three Louis Vuitton Trophy events to date will be looking to add to its previous wins in the Auckland and La Maddalena races.
Outside of the competition, the Dubai event is sure to be interesting. One of the highlights come on heritage day, November 20, when many of the team members will be invited to compete in the local dhow racing. These modern versions of traditional craft enjoy some very competitive racing of their own, and foreigners are usually barred from competing. This will mark the first time outsiders are invited to race.
In addition, the Louis Vuitton Junior Trophy will allow 40 budding sailors the opportunity to compete in the harbour for a chance to race as a special guest on board one of the ACC yachts during the final.
The Race Village will provide daily entertainment through a range of activities while the action from the water is beamed in live over a giant screen television. Those unable to attend in person can follow all of the racing live through www.louisvuittontrophy.com.
The Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai begins on 12th November with the opening of the Race Village and the opening press conference and is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates Airline, Principal Sponsor of the event.
Racing is scheduled to start on Sunday, November 14th.
The World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA) was founded in 2009 by a group of professional yacht racing teams to develop regular high-level match race regattas in large and complex racing yachts. The WSTA is jointly owned by its nine shareholders (the teams) and represents the interests of those teams in the pursuit of fair and highly competitive racing. The WSTA, in conjunction with title partner Louis Vuitton, co-organises the Louis Vuitton Trophy.
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First test sailing in Dubai
As preparations continue for the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, two of the four race boats being used in the event sailed for the first time at the venue on Sunday afternoon.
© Carmen Hidalgo/Louis Vuitton Trophy
At 1300, All4One and Emirates Team New Zealand went sailing for an afternoon testing session in the two boats supplied by the Kiwi team. The other two boats for the event, from BMW ORACLE Racing, will go out on Monday.
All4One tactician John Cutler (NZL) said his team had a productive first sail in Dubai, but will step up the intensity on Monday.
“Everyone arrived in Dubai late last night so we were a bit jet-lagged but we wanted to get out there and get on the water and start sailing,” he explained. “We did a few tacks, spinnaker hoists, gybes, drops and just went through our paces. We had about 15 knots of breeze, so it was a really nice day of sailing.”
Matti Paschen (GER), the spinnaker trimmer, has spent a lot of time sailing off the coast here with Team Sea Dubai, in the RC 44 Class. He says this time of year typically brings sea breeze conditions, ideal for racing.
“We can expect good conditions,” he says. “Usually every day you get a sea breeze filling in at around 1300, maybe 10 knots. It’s normally very consistent. For racing, it’s ideal.”
He says the team was shaking out the cobwebs today, relearning the routines necessary to work the boat around the race course with 17 crew working in concert.
“We haven’t been on a Cup boat since La Maddalena, and you really need to work together on these boats, so we’re just getting into it again, but it’s coming along well already.”
Also coming together is the Race Village. The Dubai International Marine Club is a hub of activity with final preparations well underway.
The Race Village is scheduled to open on Friday, with the teams taking testing sessions on the race boats all week. The opening press conference for the regatta is on Friday evening, with racing in the first round robin to begin on Sunday.
The Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the Principal Sponsor of the event.
Mascalzone Latino Audi Team gets ready for the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai
Dubai, 08 November 2010
Mascalzone Latino Audi Team are getting ready for the 2010 season closing event in Dubai that will also mark the end of the Louis Vuitton Trophy cycle. The appointment in the most famous and populated of the United Arab Emirates will start on November 12th with the inauguration of the Race Village and the opening press conference, while racing will kick off on Sunday, November 14th and will conclude on the 28th of the same month.
Vincenzo Onorato, President of Mascalzone Latino, is moved by this last commitment of the ACC. "In Dubai, the "old ladies" that have accompanied us in the last 20 years of America's Cups will go on the water. These boats have made Italians dream and get passionate and allowed to deliver new technology standards applied to sailing and boatbuilding. The next Cup, as everyone knows, will be sailed on much faster and complex yachts, but everyone will remember with affection this era. I think Dubai will be able to write the last page of this era’s history with great pomp, in a parade of the world’s the strongest teams. "
Marco Savelli, Team Vice President, looks confident in this historic event: "I think that after the excellent second place in Auckland, and the fifth in La Maddalena, where we almost got into the semifinals, this year our crew has proved capable of achieving good results. On this occasion as well, despite the top level of the competing teams, I expect a fight to the last gybe. I trust that Mascalzone Latino will obtain good results, and I can assure that we will do our best because we are aware of the responsibility to mark the history of this generation of boats with a nice final memory. "
Vincenzo Onorato’s crew is led by skipper and helmsman Gavin Brady and will consist of Morgan Larson - tactician, Cameron Dunn and Flavio Favini - afterguard, Paul Westlake – mainsail trimmer, Steve Hayles - navigator, Rob Salthouse and Thierry Fouchier - trimmers, Matthew Welling – mainsail grinder, Scott Crawford and Andrea Pavan - grinders, Jamie Gale - travelers, Massimo Gherarducci - mastman, Alberto Barovier – mid bowman, Chris Dougall – grinder/travelers, Alan Smith – bowman and Santino Brizzi – afterguard/grinder.
The Latin “Rascals” in Dubai will have to face BMW ORACLE Racing (Defender of the 34th America’s Cup), Emirates Team Zealand, Russia’s Synergy, the French-German team ALL4One and Artemis from Sweden.
The host of the regatta will be Dubai International Marine Club will hold the regatta, usual organizer of the most important marine events in the southern part of the Gulf.
As mentioned, in accordance with the Middle East custom of their will to be part of the history of an increasing number of international sports, by opening or closing a season as was the case in last few years with various classes of automobile, motorcycle and motorboat races, in this case, the event will enter the UAE annals as the last Louis Vuitton Trophy to be sailed on the current generation of America's Cup Class monohulls. The ACC has been used in racing in five different versions, with a total of completed 100 units, starting at the 28th edition in 1992 in San Diego and ending at the 32nd America's Cup, held in Valencia in 2007.
"To be the culmination of a generation of America's Cup boats is a very significant and exciting for us and for everyone involved and passionate about sailing. Dubai will have the opportunity to once again be in the spotlight of the international world of sport," states an enthusiastic Saeed Hareb, Managing Director of DIMC.
The Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates Airline, Principal Sponsor of the event.
Artemis Racing announces crew for Louis Vuitton Trophy - Dubai
DUBAI, UAE (10 November 2010) – Following on from the Swedish team’s America’s Cup announcement on Monday of this week, Artemis Racing presented its crew today for the fourth and final Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta coming up in Dubai.
Racing commences on November 14th at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) and will see the Swedish team line up against five of the world’s top professional sailing teams. The team has been training in Dubai for three days in preparation for this ultra-competitive match racing event in the version five America’s Cup boats.
This match racing regatta will consist of a double round robin, followed by semi final elimination rounds, before a new champion is crowned in the final, a ‘best-of-five’ battle between the two top teams, scheduled for 26 and 27 November.
Artemis Racing’s progress has been consistent throughout the series of Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas over the last year. Having finished fourth in La Maddalena, the team is aiming for a strong podium finish in Dubai.
The Artemis Racing crew for the Louis Vuitton Trophy – Dubai is as follows:
Cameron Appleton Helmsman
Iain Percy Tactician
Kevin Hall Navigator
Noel Drennan Main
Stu Bettany Bow
Phil Jameson Mid-bow
Rodney Ardern Pit
David Brooke Mast
Daniel Fong Trimmer
Robbie Naismith Trimmer
Michele Ivaldi Traveller
Rodney Daniel Runner
Craig Monk Grinder
Ian Baker Grinder
Mark Newbrook Grinder
Julien Crescent Grinder
Magnus Auguston Grinder
Romolo Ranieri Grinder - alternate
While a portion of the team is racing in Dubai, Helmsman Terry Hutchinson, Tornado Silver medallist Santiago Lange and others will be in Miami for the first Artemis Racing multihull training camp. World-renowned multihull sailor Nick Moloney has stepped in to coach Artemis Racing for this intense three weeks of training in Extreme 40s in preparation for the 2011 circuit and beyond.
“These are exciting and important times for Artemis Racing. We have a strong team and are fortunate to be able to divide our resources between these two important events. I am confident that the team will do a good job in Dubai. Our helmsman, Cameron Appleton is an experienced match racer and knows these waters well,” said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing.
Teams competing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy – Dubai
Mascalzone Latino (ITA)
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)
BMW Oracle Racing (USA)
Artemis Racing (SWE)
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai Marks End of an Era
Preparations for the final Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta wrapped up today in Dubai.
The event hosted by the Dubai International Marine Club at the Mina Seyahi Marina starts on Sunday after an official opening ceremony on Friday. It will signal the end of 20 years of racing action for boats designed to the International America’s Cup Class rule.
IACC boats were used in five America’s Cup and five Louis Vuitton Cup regattas from 1992 to 2007. The four Version 5 boats racing in Dubai – two from BMW Oracle Racing and two from Emirates Team New Zealand – were amongst the last boats built to the rule. Altogether 100 sail numbers were issued for trial horses and race boats under 13 national flags.
Albert Jacobsoone, pitman aboard the French entry All4One, knows the boats by heart. He sailed FRA 2, the second IACC boat launched.
“The first America’s Cup Class boats came out in 1991,” Jacobsoone said today.
“We’ve been sailing them for 20 years! These are heavy monohulls with big spinnakers. I might not be attached to these boats but still, it’s the end of an America’s Cup period.”
Following the informal testing and training completed this week, there will be two days of official practice tomorrow and Saturday for the six competing teams, ahead of the first day or racing on Sunday.
There is a new regatta format featuring two round robins, with winners in the first scoring single points in each back-to-back match against the same team. In the second round robin, each win is worth two points. The top four boats will advance to a best-of-three semi-finals and those winners to a best-of-five finals.
Featured events during the regatta include racing on 60-foot dhows on Heritage Day, Saturday, 20th November, and a separate day of IACC fleet racing on Thursday 25th November.
Boats will race a windward-leeward course against the impressive backdrop of Dubai’s skyscraper skyline but with a difference compared to previous Louis Vuitton Trophy events.
The windward-leeward races will commence on a mid-course start line with the start line also serving as a gate on each windward and leeward leg. With a much shorter (half size compared to previous races) first leg, the boats will likely be very close at the top mark, making for plenty of passing opportunities on the downwind legs. Throughout the race, the mid-course gate will force the boats closer together, increasing the pressure on the crews to execute their maneuvers flawlessly.
The opening press conference for the six skippers will take place at 1800 local time tomorrow, Friday.