Louis Vuitton Pacific Series:
Auckland, NZ, January-February 2009

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Louis Vuitton Pacific Series

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Louis Vuitton Pacific Series Stories:

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Comparing the Best Boats

Photo:©2009 Chris Cameron/ETNZ

Ed Baird and Peter Holmberg are the only helmsmen in the world who have raced the current yachts from three of the top America’s Cup teams.  Holmberg and Baird have now had their hands on all three pairs of boats.  What did they learn?  What can they reveal? Read More

Kevin Hall gets foiling.
Photo:©2009 Chris Cameron/ETNZ

Kevin Hall: From the Cup to Dinghies and Back

I almost quit at my very first event in Holland -- it was really windy and it turned out I picked my stiffest mast, had my centerboard all the way forward and I had a light sail -- I didn’t have a clue that that was about as hard as it gets.
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Photo:©2009 Ian Roman/Team Origin

Isler Navigates for the British

Team Origin carries a familiar name as their navigator at the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, but not under his usual flag.  Peter Isler shares some observations from his America's Cup career, and on how Origin is doing so far.  “There’s a difference in being a good match race starter and being able to do it in an AC boat because they’re so big." 
Peter Isler on Team Origin


From Mothballs to Match Racing

Shosholoza and Team Origin on Day 4.
Photo:©2009 Chris Cameron/ETNZ

Preparing 4 boats for use (and possible abuse) by 10 unfamiliar crews has kept the shore crews busy:

"We also didn’t put on all the sensors.  We just kept the important ones, like one on the runner gauge.  We put a buzzer on it, so if someone gets to a certain amount of rod tension then the buzzer goes off to tell them they’ve gone too far." ETNZ's Andy Nottage

Providing two race-ready Cup yachts on short notice on the far side of the world wasn’t smooth sailing, so to speak.  "It was a bit of an epic." Grant Davidson of BMW Oracle

stories from CupInfo:

Jan 29: Anticipating Louis Vuitton Pacific Series Action as Yacht Racing Returns to Auckland
Fall 2008: Evolution of a New Regatta

Ian Williams with China Team on Day 1:

"Our goal is to be much better at the end of the regatta than we are right now."

Q: You had some days of practice but now suddenly you’re out there. How different did today feel?  Obviously ramped up?

Ian Williams: Yeah, for sure it’s ramped up.  It’s a little bit windier than any of the practice sessions.  We had an injury on our boat yesterday, so we also had a slightly new team today, and you’re in there racing, so everything is ramped up. 

Add to that we had a problem with the branding on the boats and so there was a delay to us receiving the main.  We only got the main 20 minutes before the start so we didn’t really have a lot of time to settle either.  So everything’s putting the pressure on, but I think the guys did a great job of handling that.

We sailed well in the start, obviously won the start, and that was fantastic.  Made some mistakes around the course which I think unfortunately we’re probably going to see a few more this week  from us (laughs), but we’re going to try and minimize them as much as possible, learn every race, try not to make the same mistake twice.

Connecting with the crowds, the LVPS is pleasing fans with  typical Kiwi openness.
Photo:©2009 Chris Cameron

If you close your eyes a bit, the Viaduct Basin doesn't look much different -- sailors in team garb hurrying to team bases, sails being loaded onto America’s Cup boats, loads of curious public milling about.

But it is different.  The Louis Vuitton Pacific Series is being called the "friendly series," due to its open access for spectators, base-sharing and even boat sharing among all the teams.

Results and Race Reports:

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3  Emirates TNZ winner - 1 1 1  
1  Alinghi 1 - - -  

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series Final
 Race 2: ETNZ leading at the downwind gate.  ETNZ by 33 seconds at the third mark, 175m. Emirates TNZ takes Race 2.

Race 3: Penalty on Alinghi at the start, 30 seconds ETNZ at the top mark. ETNZ leading but Alinghi gaining.  Not close enough, ETNZ wins by 34 seconds.

Race 4: ETNZ leads at the gate mark by 15 sec, 75m, but Alinghi closed up on leg 2. ETNZ wins Race 4, and wins the LVPS 3-1.

Race Reports:
LVPS Final Day 1: Race 1
Day 2: Races 2-3-4
Challenger Final: Race 1  Race 2 
Semi-Final  Quarter-Finals 

Round Robin 2: Day 1  Day 2  Day 3  Day 4 Day 5
Round Robin 1: Day 2  Day 3  Day 5

Results and Rankings:
Challenger brackets, standings, and Head-to-Head:
Overall Louis Vuitton Pacific Series Results

Daily Outlook and Results:
Round Robin 1: Day 1  Day 2  Day 3  Day 4  Day 5

Click image for RR1 Day 5 Race Report
Photo:©2009 Ian Roman/Team Origin

Round Robin 2 Gallery: click image for more
Photo:©2009 Giuliano Luzzatto/Luna Rossa Challenge

Links of Interest:
Team Profiles and video highlights available now:

NZ Met Service:
Auckland Conditions and Forecast
Auckland Marine Forecast

Bob Grieser/Paul Todd : Outside Images

Chris Cameron: Chris Cameron Marine Photography
Juerg Kaufmann: Go4Image
Ian Roman: Ian Roman Photography
Gilles Martin-Raget: Martin-Raget.com
BMW Oracle Photo Bank (offline)

Virtual Eye (offline) race viewer looks at Round Robin 1 Day 4's Shosholoza-Luna Rossa duel:
Virtual Eye Race Viewer Screen Captures
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Visit the Official Web Site (offline)


Louis Vuitton Pacific Series Factsheet:


Opening Ceremony: Jan 29
Racing: Jan 30-Feb 14
Racing will begin daily at 11:00am.
Four races daily are expected in the two rounds robin, followed by structured brackets based on RR performance.
Round Robin 1: Jan 30-Feb 3
Alternate Day: Feb 4
Round Robin 2: Feb 5-9
Alternate Day: Feb 10
Challenger Sail-Off: Feb 11
Challenger Finals: Feb 12
LVPS Finals: Feb 13-14

See Detailed Regatta Format (pdf)

Prize Giving:

Feb 14



The races will be sailed within Auckland's harbor and (depending on wind) the Rangitoto Channel, not out into the main area of the Hauraki Gulf, site of the America's Cup Defense in 2000 and 2003.






The teams will rotate among two pairs of boats, with each pair tuned to be as equal as possible.

ETNZ is supplying their 2007 generation ACC yachts.  In order to help expand the event beyond 8 entries, BMW Oracle added their 2007 pair.

The competitors will be supplied with spinnakers and mainsail logos identifying their team.


Team: Skipper:



Paolo Cian

China Team


Ian Williams

Luna Rossa


Peter Holmberg

BMW Oracle


Russell Coutts

Team Origin


Ben Ainslie



Sebastian Col

Damiani Italia Challenge


Vasco Vascotto

Greek Challenge


Sotiris Buseas



Brad Butterworth

Emirates TNZ


Dean Barker





Team Origin leading Luna Rossa on Day 1.
Photo:©2009 Ian Roman/Team Origin

Jan 20: Preparations underway in Auckland Viaduct Harbor:
Photos at Sail-World

Jan 19: TNZ and BMWO tuning up the boats for the LVPS:
Chris Cameron Photos


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