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Fleet of sailing contenders jockey in America's Cup prelims
Though popularly known as the preliminary for the 1987 America's Cup, the great regatta now louis vuitton forum handbags being louis vuitton collections handbags contested in Fremantle, Australia, is an international prestige race in its own right - a multimillion-dollar, multinational clash of yachts, crews, and sailing technology. It will be no shame to place second, or even last, among the dozen Louis Vuitton Neo magnificent 12-meter boats vying for the Louis Vuitton Cup. And of course it will be a double triumph for the eventual victors. For besides capturing first place in the the three-month-long scramble for the graces of the wind and the sea, the winner will gain the coveted challenger's role for the Louis Vuitton Icare America's Cup itself.
The celebrated trophy, successfully defended by the New kusama lv cheap York Yacht Club against every challenge for more than 130 years, was taken away in 1983 by Australia.
So this time it is the Aussies who will defend the cup in a best-of-seven series Jan. 31-Feb. 15. But first both the defender and the challenger must be determined.
The 12 yachts seeking the challenger's role launched their third and final round-robin series this week. louis vuitton monogram canvas The four top finishers move on to the semifinals beginning Dec. 28, followed by a best-of-seven final starting Jan. 13. Meanwhile, original louis vuitton handbag five Australian boats are battling for the honor of defending the cup in Florin Wallet a similar series.
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After the first two rounds of the Vuitton Cup, New Zealand had built a substantial lead - and it added to the margin by starting the third round with two more victorious efforts. Dennis Conner's Stars and Stripes also began the new series with two wins to take over louis vuitton wallets for women second place, while one of the two entries from France, French Kiss, did likewise to move up to third. Both boats climbed past the New York Yacht Club's vaunted America II, which lost two in a row and dropped from second to fourth, just one point ahead of Britain's White Crusader and San Francisco-based USA, which were tied for fifth.
The six other yachts trailed by various margins, but few were giving up yet - Steeve partly because the Louis Vuitton Sunbeam scoring system is designed to allow a late-blossoming boat to catch up in a hurry. Each victory in this third round is worth 12 points, compared with the five points given in the louis vuitton france online second round and the one point in the first.
One entry that hasn't lived up to where can i find a louis vuitton outlet its pre-race dreams, but is still hoping against hope for a late surge, is the Eagle, out of Newport Beach, Calif. I had a chance to visit this beautiful yacht last summer and to get an idea of louis vuitton purses warranty the work and determination it has taken for every one of these boats and their crews to be in Australia at all.
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