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Toscana Elba Cup Trofeo Locman
Portoferraio

First edition of the Toscana Elba Cup ­ Trofeo Locman beginning today in Rome. From 7 to 12 May the Elba Island will host a match race with America's Cup champions.

The first edition of a new regatta, the Toscana Elba Cup ­ Trofeo Locman, will begin today in Rome. The event, by invitation, is open to the teams competing in the America¹s Cup, that is the oldest and most important sailing trophy in the world. The teams will match-race (one against each other) in the beautiful waters of the Elba Island from 7 to 12 May, 2002.

The helmsmen who will enter the match race series are: Paolo Cian (Mascalzone Latino), Andy Beadsworth (GBR Challenge), Phillipe Presti (Le Defì Areva), Ed Baird (Team USA/Musto) and Chris Law (Australian Team Sydney 95). The races will be sailed on IMX 40 boats, that are approximately 13,50 m. long, (with a crew of 8 members), made available by the Organising Committee. The programme will be as follows: from Wednesday, May 8 preliminary Round Robins, followed by Semi-Finals and Finals; on Saturday, May 11 closure and Prize Giving. Several social events for the competitors, their guests and the press are also scheduled.

The historical Torre del Martello, located in the Medicean Wet Basin of Portoferraio, will house a picture show on the America¹s Cup, that has been produced by the General Consulate of New Zealand in Italy in co-operation with Prada Challenge. As holders of the 100 Guineas Cup, the New Zealanders will also display a life-sized copy of the trophy and organise a Kiwi party with original NZ products and showing of videos on the America¹s Cup on Friday, 10 May.
Vela Vela Press/News Editor
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