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Crowds come to the Port America's Cup

Crowds come to the Port America's Cup

Valencia, 15 May, 2006 - With the 2006 racing season in full swing, the new Port America's Cup in Valencia is proving the place to be, with thousands coming to take in the action over the weekend at the Louis Vuitton Acts.

Over the four days of competition to date, over 100 000 people have poured into the America's Cup Park to catch the competition and enjoy all the attractions in sailing's greatest stadium.

The numbers have been increasing each day, as detailed below.

11 May: 7 217
12 May: 16 829
13 May: 29 158
14 May: 53 720
Total: 106 924

Crowds are expected to be smaller over the coming days with the weekend over, but with racing continuing through next weekend as well, the America's Cup Park will be packed again.

Note to editors:

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.

The 32nd America's Cup enjoys the support of Nespresso, Adecco, Ford, El Corte Inglés, Estrella Damm, Grupo Leche Pascual and Coca-Cola; our Supporters, and valuable contributors to the America's Cup.

Racing for the 32nd America's Cup - Valencia began with a series of Louis Vuitton Acts in 2004 and 2005. The competition continues in 2006, with three more Louis Vuitton Acts in Valencia, the Host City of the 32nd America's Cup.

Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 10 - Match Racing - 11 to 18 May 2006
Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 11 - Fleet Racing - 19 to 21 May 2006
Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 12 - Match Racing - 22 June to 2 July 2006

In 2007, a fleet race event - Louis Vuitton Act 13 - 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

THE AMERICA'S CUP - THE STAGE FOR CREATING LEGENDS.

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