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'LittleCup' to be held in Geneva next year

Formal announcement made today at the Societe Nautique de Geneve

Wednesday April 30th 2014, Author: James Boyd, Location: Switzerland

The organising committee of the LittleCup today announced that the 27th running of the event will be hosted in 2015 by the Société Nautique de Genève.

The effective world championship for C-Class catamarans, often referred to as the Little America's Cup, the LittleCup represents the cutting edge of yacht design.

By organising this major sporting event on Lake Geneva, the Hydros team wishes not only to promote the C-Class, but also to reinforce the notion of Geneva and Switzerland being a strategic centre in international sailing.

The next LittleCup will take in September 2015, as announced this morning at the Société Nautique de Genève in the presence of numerous leading personalities: Thierry Lombard, Managing Partner of Lombard Odier Group and partner of Hydros; Denis Horeau, Race Director; Frank Cammas, skipper and reigning C-Class champion; Jérémie Lagarrigue, skipper and runner-up at the last C Class Championship held last year in Falmouth; Vincent Hagin, Chairman Swiss Sailing; Steve Clark, International C Class Chairman; Pierre-Yves Firmenich, Chairman of the Société Nautique de Genève and Cyril Deshusse, Chairman of the YLSNG.

Following previous events held around the world at venues in the USA, Britain, Denmark, Canada and Australia, the decision to hold the next event in Geneva was not for reasons of coincidence, say the organisers: "It is a logical, yet ambitious choice, as the Lake Geneva region has become a strategic location for sailing at the very highest level as well as sailing's technological progress."

The 2015 LittleCup aims to highlight the historic connection of the region with hydrofoil boats since it was in Lausanne that Hydroptère.ch, recently renamed Hydros.ch, was developed. Hydros also fielded two Swiss teams for the first time in last year's Little America's Cup, held in Falmouth, one sailed by Billy Besson and Jérémie Lagarrigue, the other by Mischa Heemskerk and Bastian Tentij, the former finishing second in the competition.

The 2015 LittleCup will be held in Geneva over 12-19 September 2015. The competition village will be open to all from 12 September so that the public can get a closer look at these cutting edge boats.


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