AMERICAS CUP – Two of sports’ most prestigious trophies, the America’s Cup and the Louis Vuitton Cup, were presented in London as they paused on their way home to San Francisco after the America’s Cup World Series-Naples.
The twin trophy tour visited the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge, the first ever club to sponsor a challenger (James Ashbury’s Cambria in 1870), before the Cups were presented at the Mall Galleries located on The Mall by Admiralty Arch.
Christine Belanger of Louis Vuitton, Iain Murray, Regatta Director of the 34th America’s Cup, and Tom Ehman, vice-commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club spearheaded the trophies’ presentation.
The Mall Galleries’ function was hosted by luxury yacht charter specialists Ocean Independence, partner of the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta and Program. The regatta is part of the Summer of Racing, interleaved with the America’s Cup Finals and raced September 9, 11 and 13.
2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the Louis Vuitton Cup, success in which is the stepping stone to the America’s Cup itself. Challenger racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup begins in two month’s time on July 4. The winner from Artemis Racing (SWE), Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) or Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 goes through to there America’s Cup Finals to meet the current champion and defender ORACLE TEAM USA on September 7.