America's Cup


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Even those without a passion for nautical sports cannot be indifferent at the emotional energy of the America's Cup, the most famous trophy in the sailing world as well as the oldest sports trophy in the world. The world cup of sailing has reached it 32nd edition and is being hosted by the Spanish town of Valencia. The Loius Vuitton Cup of 2002-2003, disputed in Auckland, New Zealand, saw nine boats representing 6 different nations compete in 120 regattas over five months to choose the contender of the America's Cup.

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On the 19th of January 2003, the Swiss contender Ernesto Batellari, with his Alinghi captained by Russel Coutts, won the final of the Luis Vuitton Cup, defeating the American team Oracle BMW Racing of Larry Ellison, 4-1.
It's curious to note that Switzerland hasn't got any coast line and without an adequate place to host the event, on the 27th of November 2003, Valencia, in Spain, was announced as the location of the next America's Cup.

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The arrival of the Cup in Europe, after 150 years since its beginning, deserved a program that would reflect its importance. The America's Cup park was built for the occasion in the port of Valencia. The main building hosts the Foredeck club, a restaurant, bar open to the public and the shops Luis Vuitton and America's Cup. David Chipperfield, the architect called to design the building, declared the following:
"I believe that the building is in the ideal location to enjoy and follow the America's Cup. We wanted something with a strong impact and our concept of 'impact' is directed towards the boats. I believe that this building helps 'push' the sea towards you. It makes you feel that you are in a beautiful place. It means exactly this: the "plaza" and the entire structure".

Foredeck_04.jpgA Notebook Moleskine, personalized with the logo and the banderole(created by famous Spanish designers) was delivered in an elegant package to all the members of the club.

For further information on the event: www.americascup.com