For these LVC the rule has been totally changed.The protocol introduced to the LVC additionally 13 “Acts”The Acts with odd numbers were fleet-races(the whole fleet sailed against points)- the „Acts“ with the even numbers were match races (1 team sailed vs. another one)It was surprising that until the Round Robins the AC defender „Alinghi“ participated in these races of the challengers. This gave the defender a great advantage, as he could collect a lot of experience watching the competitors. In a complicated points system some points collected in the Acts were counted already for the Round Robins.The rest run in old tracks : 2 Round Robins (RR), Semifinals, Final no Repêchage Rounds any more. There were held at various places (Marseilles, Naples, Trampine, Valencia) a total of 566 races.
Emirates NZL 92 gewann den LVC 2005/2007
Luna Rossa ITA 94 verlor das Finale des LVC
Challengers of the LVC listed on points at the end of RR2
A yacht club from a landlocked country (.. "the land-locked Switzerland .... with no arm to the sea ..") challenged for the first time the AC
Yacht Club: Golden Gate Yacht CluCountry:USASyndicate : BMW Oracle Racing Sail Numbers:USA 71, USA 76Syndicate head:Larry EllisonCEO and Skipper:Chris DicksonHelmsman:Chris Dickson, Larry Ellison, Bertrand PacéDesign Team:BMW ORACLE RacingAfterguard: Chris Dickson, John Kostecki, Eric Doyle, Ed
BMW OracleWas the Challenger of Record. Because of the strong financial and technical participation of the car company, the team was renamed from Oracle BMW to BMW Oracle. After USA-76 was damaged in an overnight storm in Valencia, the team was forced to continue the training with the old USA-71, until the second training Yacht USA-81 and the the racing boat USA-87 were completed.BMW Oracle lost the semi-final of the LVC against Luna Rossa 1:5.
USA-98 BMW Oracle Racing challenger for the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup
BMW Oracle was the Challenger of Record.
Yacht Club: Yacht Club Italiano Country: Italy (ITA) Syndicate: Luna Rossa ChallengeSail Numbers: ITA 74, ITA 80Boat Names: Luna RossaSyndicate Head: Patrizio BertelliTeam Leader: Francesco de AngelisHelmsmen:Francesco de Angelis, James Spithill
Luna Rossa ChallengeAfter the end of the AC 2003 Patricio Bertelli announced with the words "this adventure is over" its withdrawal.He later changed his mind and notified after a financial regrouping with the sponsor Telecom Italia (TIM) his challenge. The training was opened with the 2003 veterans ITA-74 and ITA-86 (a purchase desire of Sosholoza) Luna Rossa ITA-94 lost the final of the LVC 2007 against NZL-92.
ITA -94 LLuna Rossa Challenge challenger for the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup
After the end of the AC 2003 Patricio Bertelli announced
Yacht / Country : Desafío Español 2007Sail Nos : ESP-97Syndicate: Desafio Espanol 2007 CEO : Agustín ZuluetaYacht Club : Real Federación Española de VelaSkipper Luis DoresteHelmsman:Karol Jablonski, Santiago López-
Desfio Espanol 2007To find a sponsor and the decision-making process, whether to choose a yacht club in Barcelona or Valencia. should delay their application The team decided, however - without clear cover by the Deed of Gift - for the Spanish Sailing Federation (Real Federación Española de Vela) which is not a yacht club. There were no objections from the competitors..With IBERDROLA as main sponsor the team won a financially strong energy group. The company has been criticized lately because of its power plant projects in South America violently by environmentalists. With the ESP-97 the team lost the semi-final of the LVC 2007 against NZL-92.
ESP-97 Desafío Español 2007 challenger for the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup
The team decided, however - without clear cover by the Deed of Gift - for the Spanish Sailing Federation
Yacht Club : Gamla Stans Yacht Sällskap - Stockholm Sail Nos : SWE -96Syndicate: Victory Challenge Syndicate Head: Hugo StenbeckDesigners : German (Mani) FrersTeam Leader and Helmsman: Magnus HolmbergAfterguard: Johan Barne, Mattias Rahm
Victory ChallengeFor financial reasons it took a little longer before the family of the late Jan Stenbeck should apply for a new challenge. This depended on sponsors. The second larger sponsor Red Bull supported for the first time a LVC team.The new yacht SWE-96 Järv (wolverine) reached the 5th place of the LVC 2007, after 12 wins and 8 losses.
SWE-96 Victory Challenge 2007 challenger for the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup
For financial reasons it took a little longer before the family of the late Jan Stenbeck
Yacht / Country : Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team Sail Nos : ITA 66, ITA 77Syndicate: Mascalzone Latino Team CapitaliaCEO : Vincenzo OnoratoYacht Club : Reale Yacht Club Canottieri SavoiaDesigners : Harry Dunning / Reichel and PughSkipper : Vasco Vascotto
The team of Vincenzo Otranto acquired by Dennis Conner USA 76 and USA-77( which sank in the harbour and was raised again) as training boats.The newly built ITA-99 reached the 6th Place the LVC 2007 after 10 victories and 10 defeats.The design has been changed several times. Once the yacht was painted on one side only with "Mascalzone" and on the other only with "Latino".
ITA-96 Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia TeamChallenger of the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup
The team of Vincenzo Otranto acquired by Dennis Conner USA 76 and USA-77
Yacht Club :Royal Cape Yacht Club Country: Republic of South Africa (RSA) Syndicate : Team ShosholozaSail Numbers: RSA 83 (The first Version 5 ACC boat built)Syndicate Head: Captain Salvatore Sarno
Shosholoza is a song (= "Go forward") of the South African miners and is also sung at sporting events. Founder and initiator of the team was Salvatore Sarno (South Africa Manager of the Mediterranean Shipping Company in Durban).The team sailed with a mixed crew to demonstrate that apartheid is over.ITA-48 the sister ship of the LVC 2000 winner ITA-45 was purchased by rumoured € 525,000 She was shipped to South Africa and later on back to Valencia. The new RSA-83 was the first IACC yacht built by the new Version5 rule. She reached the 7th place of the LVC 2007.
RS-83 Team Shosholoza challenger for the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup
Founder and initiator of the team was Salvatore Sarno (South Africa Manager of the Mediterranean Shipping Company in Durban).
Yacht Club :Royal Cape Yacht Club Country: Republic of South Africa (RSA) Syndicate : Team ShosholozaSail Numbers: RSA 48Syndicate Head: Captain Salvatore Sarno
RSA-48 trainings yacht for Team Shosholoza
This drawing shows the former ITA-48,sold to Shosholoza and renamed RSA-48