Following the fantastic opening regatta of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, Michael Burke, CEO of Louis Vuitton, Sir Keith Mills, Event Chairman and Land Rover BAR Founding Shareholder and Board member, and Dr. Harvey Schiller, Commercial Commissioner for the America’s Cup, congratulated the victorious Land Rover BAR team at the prize giving ceremony in Portsmouth.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge presented the trophies and medals while Michael Burke presented personalized Louis Vuitton Keepall Ombre bags embossed with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup logo to the team skippers.
“The America’s Cup is the grail of yachting. It sees challengers racing across the oceans for a lifelong quest. The freedom, courage, skill and competence that it requires reflect the trailblazing spirit of Louis Vuitton. We were able to witness here in Portsmouth exciting races beyond expectation and are thrilled to have successfully launched a new chapter of our shared history.” said Michael Burke.
It was the first time in 164 years that it had been held in British waters. The oldest trophy in world sport, the America’s Cup inaugural event was first staged in 1851off the Isle of Wight in front of Portsmouth. Founded in 1854, Louis Vuitton has been a major partner of the America’s Cup since 1983.