1987 action features Stars & Stripes and Kookaburra in the
America's Cup final.
First awarded in 1851, the America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international
sport, and the ultimate sailboat racing prize. More...
Racing teams spend tens of millions of dollars to either defend or challenge for
the right to the Cup and to prove their technological supremacy at sea.
America's Cup event is held every three years on the waters of the previous
winner. America's Cup XXXI was raced during February/March 2003 in Auckland, New
Zealand. In March 2003, Team Alinghi from Switzerland won five consecutive races
to sweep the America's Cup from New Zealand, bringing the Auld Mug to Europe.
BMW Oracle Racing lost in the semi-finals to the eventual winner.
America's Cup racing has returned to Europe. In 1851, when the world's oldest
trophy in sport was first contested, the racing took place off England's Isle of
Wight. In Marseille, France, the new era of the America's Cup has begun with the
first of the Louis Vuitton Acts preceding the 32nd America's Cup. Louis Vuitton
Act 1 is the opening round, which started on 5 September 2004, in Marseille
with the challenger BMW Oracle Racing on the starting line.
Louis Vuitton Acts are a continuous circuit of pre-regattas that will allow all
participants to benefit from sailing against their rivals in the years leading
up to the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup in 2007 in Valencia, Spain. In
addition to the team led by CEO and skipper Chris Dickson, the metropolitan port
in the south of France will play host to defending America's Cup champion Team Alinghi, as well as France's Le Defi and K-Challenge, South Africa's Team
Shosholoza and Emirates Team New Zealand. Among the international BMW Oracle
Racing team members in Marseille will be the helmsmen Gavin Brady and Betrand
PacÚ, as well as the tactical expert John Kostecki.
"This is an exciting time for the event as we prepare for the first official
competition of this new era of the America's Cup in Europe," said BMW Oracle
Racing's Chris Dickson. "We know the sailing will be challenging with our rival teams
competing. The race course is within view of thousands of French sailing fans
and should be spectacular for the competitors, the media, the sponsors, and the
Louis Vuitton Cup
Louis Vuitton Act 1 consists of traditional match racing as well as fleet
racing, when all boats start simultaneously. This mix will make the event even
more interesting and exciting for the spectators on location. They will be able
to watch and experience the races along the spectacular South of France
coastline from only a short distance. Due to the installation of special cameras
and microphones, even television viewers will be able to follow events on board
more closely than ever before.
Louis Vuitton Acts 2 and 3 take place in Valencia, Spain.
Summer training in the Pacific Ocean near Ventura,
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America's Cup XXXI
featured Oracle Racing, led by
Oracle Corporation chief Larry Ellison, with skipper Chris Dickson at the helm. Oracle Racing
received a major sponsorship boost from BMW.
Racing we have found a partner which embodies the most modern high-tech, the
highest quality demands and the constant provision of the most innovative
solutions in the same way as BMW does."
- Karl-Heinz Kalbfell