PORTSMOUTH, England, July 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Following the fantastic opening regatta of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, Michael Burke, CEO of Louis Vuitton, Sir Keith Mills, Event Chairman and Land Rover BAR Founding Shareholder and Board member, and Dr. Harvey Schiller, Commercial Commissioner for the America's Cup congratulated the victorious Land Rover BAR team and its skipper Sir Ben Ainslie at the prize giving ceremony in Portsmouth.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge presented the trophies and medals while Michael Burke presented personalized Louis Vuitton Keepall bags to all the team skippers.
It was the first time in 164 years that it had been held in British waters. The oldest trophy in world sport, the America's Cup inaugural event was first staged in 1851 off the Isle of Wight in front of Portsmouth. Founded in 1854, Louis Vuitton has been a major partner of the America's Cup since 1983.
"The America's Cup is the grail of yachting. It sees challengers racing across the oceans for a lifelong quest. The freedom, courage, skill and competence that it requires reflect the trailblazing spirit of Louis Vuitton. We were able to witness here in Portsmouth some amazing racing on Saturday and are thrilled to have successfully launched a new chapter of our shared history." said Michael Burke, CEO of Louis Vuitton.
Results of Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth
- Land Rover BAR
- Emirates Team New Zealand
- ORACLE TEAM USA
- Groupama Team France
- SoftBank Team Japan
- Artemis Racing
About the America's Cup
The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport, dating to 1851, when the schooner America, for which the trophy is named, beat the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight. The trophy won on that day was donated in trust through a Deed of Gift and has since become an iconic symbol of achievement. The America's Cup is currently held by the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco. On September 25, 2013, its team, ORACLE TEAM USA, completed the biggest comeback in sports to retain the trophy it had first won in 2010.
Louis Vuitton is the title partner of the America's Cup World Series, the America's Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs as well as the presenting partner of the 35th America's Cup Match.
For further information: http://www.americascup.com
About Louis Vuitton
Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has brought unique designs to the world, combining innovation with style, always aiming for the finest quality. Today, the Maison remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented a genuine "Art of travel" through luggage, bags and accessories which were as creative as they were elegant and practical. Since then, audacity has shaped the story of Louis Vuitton. Faithful to its heritage, Louis Vuitton has opened its doors to architects, artists and designers across the years, all the while developing disciplines such as ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches, jewelry and stationery. These carefully created products are testament to Louis Vuitton's commitment to fine craftsmanship.
For further information: http://www.louisvuitton.com
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