Audi back Azzurra

Yacht Club Costa Smerelda America's Cup team up with German car manufacturer

Monday May 17th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy

Final preparations are underway for the second event of the Louis Vuitton Trophy this year, scheduled to be held in La Maddalena, Sardinia over 22 May to 6 June.

Preparations are not only in course at sea however, as the complex logistics of managing a sports team of this level also require careful planning on dry land. With this in mind an agreement has been reached with Audi, a partner of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda for several seasons, representing an important development for the Azzurra team.

The renowned German car manufacturer has been present on the international sailing scene for many years, supporting the established Audi MedCup circuit for the TP52 and GP42 classes, and in 2010 is Title Sponsor of two major events on the YCCS sporting calendar: the ISAF Offshore Team World Championship - Audi Sardinia Cup and the Audi Invitational Melges 32.

Riccardo Bonadeo, Commodore of the YCCS and President of Azzurra, commented: “The partnership with Azzurra is a natural progression from the long and productive association that exists between this distinguished automotive company and our yacht club. Audi simply had to be present at the Louis Vuitton Trophy event held on our home waters against the wonderful backdrop of the Costa Smeralda which boasts one of the most spectacular and challenging regatta courses in the world. The Audi brand has always been synonymous with style and excellence, an image that fits perfectly with a sporting team of the calibre of Azzurra.”

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