With the pendulum ball now swinging, the LVT cancelled their January 2011 event in Hong Kong, but likely received sufficient team guarantees to hold onto what likely is a very well funded final event in Dubai beginning November 14. And the locals are excited. “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 Dubai International Marine Club.
“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,” notes Hareb. “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.”
And the locals should be excited. “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 World Sailing Team Association, co-organiser of the event, as well as the skipper of the Swedish Artemis team. Joining the Artemis team is America’s Cup defender BMW Oracle Racing as well as Mascalzone Latino, the current challenger of record. Rounding out the field is the Russian Synergy team, the French-German team All4One, and of course, Emirates Team New Zealand.
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