Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena

Louis Vuitton Trophy
La Maddalena
Date 22 May - 6 June 2010
Winner Team New Zealand
Location La Maddalena, Italy

The Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena was the third in a scheduled series of regattas that compete for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. The regatta occurred in La Maddalena between 22 May - 6 June 2010.[1][2][3] The Louis Vuitton Trophy format uses existing International America's Cup Class yachts loaned to the regatta by various America's Cup racing syndicates, keeping costs relatively low for the competing teams.

The Louis Vuitton Trophy was organised after the success of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series and the continued legal battle surrounding the America's Cup yachting competition at the time. Because of the long delays from the legal action, and the fact that the 2010 America's Cup became a Deed of Gift match without a defender or challenger selection series, the Louis Vuitton Trophy series was established as a competition for other America's Cup racing syndicates.

The La Maddalena event was hosted by Mascalzone Latino and the Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia.

The Yachts

The event used International America's Cup Class yachts loaned specifically for the event. For La Maddalena, the boats were supplied by BMW Oracle Racing (USA 87 and USA 98) and Mascalzone Latino Audi Team (ITA 90 and ITA 99).

USA 87 and 98 were damaged on day four when they collided.[4] They were unavailable for the rest of the regatta.


La Maddalena attracted ten racing syndicates, increasing from the eight teams that appeared in the earlier Nice Côte d’Azur and Auckland Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas.

Ranking Country Team Club Skipper/Helmsman Notes
1 New ZealandTeam New ZealandRoyal New Zealand Yacht SquadronDean Barker
2 RussiaTeam SynergyKarol Jablonski
3 FranceALL4ONECercle de la Voile de ParisJochen Schümann/Sébastien Col
4 SwedenTeam ArtemisRoyal Swedish Yacht ClubPaul Cayard/Terry Hutchinson
5 ItalyMascalzone LatinoClub Nautico di RomaGavin BradyHost
6 ItalyAzzurraYacht Club Costa SmeraldaFrancesco Bruni
7 United KingdomTeam OriginRoyal Thames Yacht ClubBen Ainslie
8 ItalyLuna RossaYacht Club ItalianoEd Baird
9 United StatesBMW Oracle RacingGolden Gate Yacht ClubJames Spithill
10 FranceAlephBertrand Pacé

The Races

Round Robin

22 May-3 June

Team Name Races W L Pts
FranceGermany ALL4ONE 9636
Sweden Team Artemis 9636
New Zealand Team New Zealand 9636
Italy Mascalzone Latino 9635*
Russia Synergy Russian 9545
Italy Azzurra 9454
United Kingdom Team Origin 9454
Italy Luna Rossa 9363
United States BMW Oracle Racing 9363
France Aleph 927-2*
A4O 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 6
ART 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 6
APH 0 0 DSQ* 0 0 0 1 1 0 -2*
AZZ 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 4
TNZ 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 6
MAS 0* 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 5*
SYN 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 5
ORG 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 4
BMW 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3
LRS 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3

* Mascalzone Latino deducted a point for a 'hard contact' incident in their race against All4One.[5]

* Aleph was immediately deducted a point for 'hard contact' when there boat collided with Azzura causing serious damage on day four. The international jury then deducted Aleph three further points for failing to avoid contact. The jury absolved Azzurra fully for the incident.[6]

Elimination Finals

3–6 June
The final series was originally scheduled to use the McIntyre Final Eight System, as in Auckland. However due to the loss of several days of racing, due to weather and the collision between USA 87 and USA 98, the finals were rescheduled to consist of knock out semi finals and a final.[10] One quarterfinal was raced before the format was changed. The higher ranked team from each quarterfinal that was abandoned automatically advanced into the semifinals. The petit finale to decide third place was also canceled.

Seed Team Name 1 2 3 Total
4 Italy Mascalzone Latino 0101
5 Russia Synergy Russian 1012
Seed Team Name 1 2 3 Total
3 New Zealand Team New Zealand abandoned
6 Italy Azzurra abandoned
Seed Team Name 1 2 3 Total
2 Sweden Team Artemis abandoned
7 United Kingdom Team Origin abandoned
Seed Team Name 1 2 3 Total
1 FranceGermany ALL4ONE abandoned
8 Italy Luna Rossa abandoned
  Semifinals Final
 Sweden Team Artemis 1 0 0 1  
 New Zealand Team New Zealand 0 1 1 2  
     New Zealand Team New Zealand 3
   Russia Synergy Russian 2
 FranceGermany ALL4ONE 0 0 0
 Russia Synergy Russian 1 1 2  

The Final

Team Name 1 2 3 4 5 T
New Zealand Team New Zealand 001113
Russia Synergy Russian 110002
2010 Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena

Team New Zealand
Second Title

Junior Trophy

The junior trophy was sailed in O’Pen Bic dinghies off the mouth of the Marina Arsenale. The series was won by Giulio Belliti, from Club Nautico Pesaro. He received a place as 18th man in one of the finalists.[11]


  1. http://www.cupinfo.com/en/lvt-louis-vuitton-press-lamaddalena-training%20begins-10012.php
  2. http://www.cupinfo.com/en/lvt-louis-vuitton-press-lamaddalena-starts-may-22-10007.php
  3. http://www.louisvuittontrophy.com/news/news.php?nws=more_louis_vuitton_trophy_regattas_announced More Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas announced 7 December 2009
  4. Collision sees French boat disqualified louisvuittontrophy.com, 25 May 2010
  5. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team loses a point louisvuittontrophy.com, 24 May 2010
  6. Jury gives ALEPH a three-point penalty louisvuittontrophy.com, 25 May 2010
  7. Redress denied to ETNZ louisvuittontrophy.com, 28 May 2010
  8. BMW ORACLE Racing vs ETNZ to be re-sailed louisvuittontrophy.com, 29 May 2010
  9. 29 May 2010 'Redress denied' means re-match for BMW Oracle v New Zealand "After a hearing held this evening, a request for redress by BMW Oracle Racing has been denied. Led by navigator Ian Moore, the American team was contesting the decision to hold a re-sail of the match between BMW Oracle Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand which was subsequently abandoned, due to confusion over a technical infringement by the New Zealand team during the match. The Kiwis had been found to be in breach of an amendment which governed the minimum rig load that the sailors were required to maintain during racing, but other race teams agreed that the way the amendment was worded was largely unworkable and unrealistic. Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio felt the fairest conclusion in a very difficult and complicated set of circumstances was to abandon the race. That also was the conclusion of the Jury this evening. Chairman of the Jury Dyer Jones said the Race Committee had not acted improperly and said redress was denied. This means that the match between BMW Oracle Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand will be scheduled for a re-sail.
  10. "Yachting: Team NZ go through". The New Zealand Herald. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  11. Russian team wins opening final race at La Maddalena louisvuittontrophy.com, 5 June 2010

External links

Preceded by
Third Louis Vuitton Trophy Regatta
22 May - 6 June 2010
Succeeded by
Middle East
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