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The America’s Cup will be an Italian affair

The America’s Cup will be an Italian affair to close the 2005 racing season

Rome, 26th May, 2005 – The 32nd America’s Cup is coming to Italy. With three Italian teams, two Louis Vuitton Acts, and a leading Italian broadcaster covering all of the action, the 32nd America’s Cup clearly has an Italian flavour, especially in 2005.

On Thursday, the America’s Cup organisers held a press conference in Rome to present the Trapani Louis Vuitton Acts 8 & 9, the closing competition of the 2005 season, which begins on the 29th of September. A double regatta, the Trapani Louis Vuitton Acts feature the 12 competitors of the America’s Cup battling in Match and Fleet Racing events. The trophies the teams will be fighting for, the Louis Vuitton Cup, and the America’s Cup, were on display during the event.

“It’s exciting to be here in Rome, one of the oldest cities in the world, with the America’s Cup, the oldest sporting trophy in the world. Italy is among the strong est examples of what we had in mind in bringing the America’s Cup to Europe,” said Michel Bonnefous, the CEO of the America’s Cup organisers. “Italy has had a good presence in the modern era of the Cup, with challenges dating back to 1983.”

“But this year, with three Italian teams, the excitement about the America’s Cup in Italy is unprecedented. And now, by bringing meaningful America’s Cup racing to Trapani, in Sicily, Italian fans can see for themselves why the America’s Cup is so exciting and has such a strong appeal. I’m very excited about the racing in Trapani, and I know that Trapani Louis Vuitton Acts are going to be a tremendous success.”

Italian television coverage of the 32nd America’s Cup is very impressive as well, with the Telecom Italia Media Group acquiring the rights to broadcast the 32nd America's Cup on La7. In total, La7 is scheduled to show about 240-hours of live and recorded action dedicated to the America's Cup.

With the stunnin g Egadi Islands as a backdrop in the distance, the racing in Trapani will conclude the 2005 racing season for the America’s Cup, and following the Trapani Louis Vuitton Act 9, the season champion will be crowned, the title going to the team which has performed best across the events in Valencia, Malmö-Skåne, and Trapani this summer.

Michel Bonnefous was joined by representatives from the three Italian teams, including Lorenzo Rizzardi Head of the +39 Challenge, Luna Rossa's Paolo Martinoni, and skipper Vasco Vascotto from the Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team. Leading Italian politicians involved in the project were also among the guests. Senator D’Ali, from Sicily, said hosting America’s Cup racing in Trapani was very important to the region.

The 2005 America’s Cup season opens with the Valencia Louis Vuitton Acts 4 & 5. Racing begins on the 16th of June in the host city of the 32nd America’s Cup.

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Since 1851, the America’s Cup has transcended the sport of sailing to become a symbol of the pursuit of excellence.

The official partners LOUIS VUITTON, ENDESA, SANTANDER, ALCATEL and the America’s Cup share a heritage rich in passion, innovation and extraordinary human achievement.

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Racing for the 32nd America’s Cup – Valencia began with a series of Louis Vuitton Acts in 2004. The competition continues in 2005 and 2006, with several more Louis Vuitton Acts in Malmö-Skåne, Trapani, and Valencia, the Host City of the 32nd America’s Cup.

In 2007, a fleet race event will precede the Louis Vuitton Cup, the winner of which will then race the Defender, Team Alinghi, in the America’s Cup Match in Valencia

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