Luna Rossa AC72 undergoes load tests

Posted on 27 October 2012 by Valencia Sailing

Saturday morning in Auckland was another open-house, free-for-all moment at the Luna Rossa base. As we said yesterday, this is unprecedented in the America’s Cup, used to decades of absolute control and secretism and undoubtedly, Patrizio Bertelli made a bold move. However, if you think about it, given the vicinity of so many private boats around the Luna Rossa AC72 yacht, we are sure that the Artemis and Oracle Team “observers” have been lurking for days now, snapping hundreds of closeup shots. As a result, Bertelli’s move might not be so stupid after all. If your adversaries have already studied the smallest details of your boat, why not let the media have the same access and the same opportunity to see the boat from so close? It will certainly do no harm!

Under the watchful eyes of French multihull guru Franck Cammas and a couple of Emirates Team New Zealand technicians, the Luna Rossa crew was busy carrying out the final load tests on their brand new AC72. If all goes according to plan and barring any unexpected problems, the team will take Sunday off and then embark on a busy week that will see the Italian yacht taken for her maiden sail on Thursday.

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Rodrigo Zalazar (29er) Says:

    nice post! I love pictures!

  2. Jacopo Says:

    Italian Design at its best (at least the mirror looking makeup) !!!
    Hoping the New Zeland’s technical design will work as well. Without doubt the most beautiful in Port. For sure the New Zeland people will call again the Prada boat as the “silver bullet”.
    Paco

  3. Bob Dee Says:

    AC with elegent style. Hope she sails a good as she looks.

  4. Graeme Says:

    The protocol allows for technology sharing groups ETNA and Prada have been doing this with good results. I watched ETNA foiling last week in conditions similar or worse than those that Oracle tipped over in. The boat looked unbelievably balanced, the only time it looked close to dipping a bow was when it came off the foils. I suspect the others will be very nervous aboutility these 2 boats , with a better boat yet To come.

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