Last month it was announced that Louis Vuitton’s new sailing race, the Pacific Series, would be taking place in Auckland to a chorus of intense interest from yachting fans. And indeed the race, set to take place in January of 2009 already has six confirmed entries. They are Emirates New Zealand, BMW Oracle Racing, France’s K-Challenge team, Mascalzone Latino from Italy and South Africa’s Shosholoza.
According to WWD, A second team from Italy has officially entered, but the crew has yet to be announced. It is believed to be Prada, but a spokesman for the Italian brand said: “We have been invited, but it is to be decided.” Eight berths are available.
John Banks, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Commodore Scott Colebrook and Grant Dalton announce the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series