by Mascalzone Latino media
"Mascalzone Latino will go back to Auckland to sail the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series" Vincenzo Onorato has confirmed accepting with great enthusiasm the invitation to participate in the new event presented on Monday 15th September.
"Since 1983 Louis Vuitton has done a lot for sailing, maintaining the spirit of sport in the America's Cup" - has declared Onorato - "the America's Cup wouldn't become what it's today without the Parisian maison... Unfortunately, as we all know, at this time there are many shadows on this Cup and the chance for the teams to return racing soon is still very remote. Therefore we have to thanks Louis Vuitton for continuing to be committed for our sport, and organize this new event. We are willing to sail and we are putting together all technical aspects for the trip to Auckland. One thing is sure: we will be there!"
The new international match racing event by invitation will take place in Auckland from January 31st to February 14th 2009. The deadline for registration is October 24th, 2008.
The regattas will take place with boats made available by Team New Zealand which will be modified to guarantee identical performances.
To the organization of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series collaborate the New Zealand government, Emirates Team New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the Auckland Town.