"Bringing the America's Cup here means the event will be right in the heart of the city. The race village will be built within a few minutes walk of downtown Malmö," said Ilmar REEPALU, Chairman of the City Executive Board. "The two race course areas are also right off the town on the Lommabukten (the bay directly off Malmö). This is good for the spectators ashore and on the water, as well as for the teams who can be sailing on the race course within mi nutes of leaving the dock."
The agreement bringing the Louis Vuitton Acts to Malmö is supported by the region of Skåne, the southernmost area in Sweden. Skåne is among the most dynamic regions in Northern Europe and with close ties to Copenhagen and continental Europe, can boast of 20-million people within a one-hour plane flight.
"For us, the America's Cup in Skåne is an opportunity to showcase the many attractions of our region," said Uno ALDEGREN, President of the Regional Executive Board. "Whether it's our 400-kilometres of beaches, the many food and cultural experiences available, or the best of city and country life that can be enjoyed here, I know the America's Cup is going to enjoy its time here as much as we will enjoy hosting the Louis Vuitton Acts."
The Malmö- Skåne Louis Vuitton Act 6, a Match Racing regatta begins on 25 August, 2005. It is followed directly by Act 7, a three-day Fleet Racing event on 2 September, 2005.