Woots! Commodore don Berithos of SL’s Golden Gate Yacht Club this past week officially announced the Sl-Vuitton Trophy series. SL-GGYC plans to organize the regatta in cooperation with the real life Vuitton Cup and USA’s GGYC, the winner of this year’s Americas Cup!
The Second-Life Vuitton Trophy will parallel the real-life event that starts next week in Sardinia. The SL version will match the best sailors from participating clubs in an exciting one-design, multi-week sailing shoot-out that will end when a final, triumphant sailor is chosen worthy to take home the Vuitton Trophy for their Club. To add the requisite Veritas, Commodore Berithos is off this coming week to La Maddalena, Sardinia to personally coordinate the SL Regatta in conjunction with the World Sailing Team Association RL Vuitton Trophy event.
According to Commodore Berithos:
” The RL Americas Cup has experienced falling popularity due to extended legal battles; at the same time, the monohull races seem to have gained popularity and acceptance under the format established by the owners of the Vuitton race — or actually the WSTA.
Given the fact that there was already an Americas Cup Regatta in Second Life, it seemed a natural fit for a new club like SL-GGYC to promote and organize the 2010 Vuitton Trophy.”
Falling popularity? Just wait!!!!
All SL sailors are welcome to belly-up and try their skill against the best skippers this two-bit grid has to offer. They will sail the most recent version of the ACA-33 available at the time of the race, and all skippers will comply with one-design race standards. Commodore Berithos anticipates that after the qualifying trial salt-spray clears, approximately 10-12 winning skippers will advance into the final phase, where they will represent their clubs in a series of 1:1 match races that will winnow the competition to a few remaining finalists. Those last regal vessels will then contend head-to-head in au ultimate racing trial that will determine the 2010 Vuitton trophy winner (I’m hyperventilating already)!!
The qualifying and final phases of the SL Vuitton are outlined in a slideshow you can see by clicking here. As I mentioned above, the first qualifying phase is designed to help participating clubs chose the two skippers that will represent them in the final competition. Individual clubs will be in charge of the races and members of the SL-Vuitton Trophy group will help them coordinate all phases.
If you have comments, want more information, or are roaring to sign up, go to GGYC’s ISail website! A lot more info is coming!