News yesterday that next January's Louis Vuitton Trophy Hong Kong event has been cancelled produced a few long faces. There are plenty of disappointed local sailors, for sure, but we understand that both Louis Vuitton and the Hong Kong Government were there right to the end, trying to keep the event alive.
However, World Sailing Teams Association, the organisers, explained that with a new America's Cup protocol on the horizon, and the prospect of seven pre-AC events slated for 2011, the calendar was just too full.
Add in the fact that the whispers about a multihull AC are gradually building in volume, and maybe there are a few people who want to get out of the monohull 'leadmines' and into a multihull programme just as quickly as possible.
It was widely perceived that a successful LV Trophy in Hong Kong might prise open the governmental door a little, and pave the way for other events such as the Volvo Ocean Race and the World Match Racing Tour. So it is to be hoped that this cancellation doesn't do too much damage, in the eyes of the Hong Kong Government, to sailing events in general.
Guy Nowell, Editor
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