In 1983, for the America’s cup match, a trophy to the winner of the challenger selection series was offered by Louis Vuitton (challengers competing for the right to challenge the defender of the America’s Cup). Since 1983, the Louis Vuitton Cup has become one of the most prestigious competitions in yachting sport, transforming each Regatta Venue (independently from its previous sailing culture) into the protagonist for two weeks. In 2010, this will take place in Italy and particularly in an "island in the island": La Maddalena.
Let’s remember the previous winners of the Louis Vuitton Cup:
Often, but not always, the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup won then the America’s Cup.
After the change of venue concerning the G8 Summit (which was supposed to be in La Maddalena, in 2009, and was then transferred to L’Aquila, hit by terrible earthquake), La Maddalena island will finally have the opportunity to show its potentialities, by welcoming the second most important yachting competition in the world.
Next Louis Vuitton Trophy Regattas venues are:
- March 9-21: Auckland
- May 22-June 6: LA MADDALENA, SARDINIA
- November 13-28: Dubai, UAE
- January 9-24, 2011: Hong Kong
La Maddalena Archipelago, National Park from 1994, is situated north-east of Sardinia, the second biggest Italian island after Sicily. The archipelago takes name from the biggest of its islands, La Maddalena, and is well known for the transparency of its water as well as for its uncontaminated nature.
The Louis Vuitton Cup will take place in the waters of the Archipelago and the emerald coast, and will be based in the old port of the ancient Navy in La Maddalena. Completely restored, it belongs to La Maddalena Hotel Yacht Club, a modern and prestigious complex supposed to open May 1st 2010.
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