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Luna Rossa Challenge announces its withdrawal from the 35th Americas Cup

Posted on 02 April 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Luna Rossa Challenge] The result of the vote proposed by the Event Authority with the agreement of the Defender of the 35th America’s Cup has overturned, with a majority vote, the America’s Cup Class Rule for the boat with which this edition will be held; this happened notwithstanding the fact that such rule had been previously adopted unanimously by the teams and was in force since June 2014.

Following a careful evaluation of the serious implications of this unprecedented initiative, Team Luna Rossa confirms that it will withdraw from the 35th America’s Cup.

Team Luna Rossa indeed considers illegitimate the procedure adopted and founded on an evident abuse of process by surreptitious use of procedures to modify the Protocol in order to overturn the Class Rule, which instead requires the unanimity of the teams entered.

This is an attempt to introduce boats that are substantially monotypes and in total contrast with the ultra-centennial tradition of the America’s Cup, not to mention a two-month extension period to introduce further modifications to the rules, decided by the majority.

All of the above contributes to a lack of credibility and uncertain technical grounds for what should instead be the most sophisticated sailing competition in the world.

This radical change also implies a waste of important resources already invested based on the rules that were sanctioned in June last year. This means that the claim to reduce costs reveals itself as a pure pretext aimed to annihilate research and development achievements of some teams, and to favor instead preconceived technical and sporting positions by means of changing the most important element in the competition, the boat.

As a confirmation of this, it is important to underline the fact that Luna Rossa frequently advanced proposals aimed at containing costs that however would not have changed the nature of the boats, but these proposals have systematically been rejected by the Defender.

Team Luna Rossa has also taken into consideration the possibility to protest through the Arbitration Panel as foreseen by the Protocol; it has however noted that, ten months after signing the Protocol, the Defender is only now initiating the first formal procedures to compose this important body. This fact contributes to making the entire governance of the Event even less credible and reliable.

Team Luna Rossa regrets the repercussions that this difficult decision will have on the members of the Team – although it will honor all of its contractual obligations – and on the sailing event planned to take place in Cagliari next June and obviously understands the disappointment of the many fans who have supported Luna Rossa during the last four editions of the America’s Cup.

Patrizio Bertelli declared: “I want to thank the whole team for its hard work during this past year; regretfully this effort has been frustrated by this manoeuvre that is unprecedented in the history of the America’s Cup.

However, in sports, as in life, one cannot always go for compromise, after compromise, after compromise; sometimes it is necessary to make decisions that are painful but must be clear cut, as only these can make everybody aware of the drifts of the system and therefore set the basis for the future: respect of legality and sportsmanship”.

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Luna Rossa starts the seacond phase of AC45 modifications

Posted on 16 March 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Luna Rossa Challenge] Following over two months of training on the water with the two “flying” AC45s, Luna Rossa is now at work on the second phase of boat development. The next 40 days will be dedicated to new structural modifications of the catamarans based on the results of the sea trials carried out in the past months.

Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa, said: “The design of any winning boat requires a close collaboration between sailors, designers and the shore team: each modification is the result of months of tests, simulations and a constant search of performing solutions. The feedback that the sailors give to the designers regarding their feelings onboard is crucial. If this is true for all boats, it is even more important in the design of full-foiling catamarans, where each parameter is taken to the extreme.”

In the coming weeks the team will focus therefore on the development of the boats. The new modifications will be tested during the next phase of sea trials scheduled for mid-April.

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Luna Rossa building for the future in Cagliari

Posted on 03 February 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Americas Cup] Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena says his team is happy with the progress it is making as it trains and develops at its base in Cagliari, Italy. The team has been conducting testing with its two foiling AC45s since September of last year as part of its design and sailing team development. After a much needed break over Christmas, the team resumed training in January, continuing its two-boat program.

“The luxury of doing two-boat testing is big in that you can validate the tools for the designers, you are training with the sailing team and at the same time you can try different things on the boats, from the systems to daggerboards, rudders, wings, everything,” Sirena says.

“So it’s an ongoing development process. Also having the team working together like this is important. It takes time to fine-tune all the relationships and this is also very productive.

“It helps being here in Cagliari with the team all based here so we can focus well. Cagliari is beautiful – it’s a great place to live for the families – and when we have a couple of days off, you see a lot of the guys going off surfing, kiting, it’s great.”

Sirena says the team is looking forward to opening the America’s Cup World Series on home waters in June as host of the first event of the new America’s Cup cycle.

“The fact that we will be racing at home makes it very important and of course it adds a little bit of pressure, but the good thing is that everyone starts at the same level, with the same amount of time on the new race boats,” he says.

“Our goal will be the same as everyone else – to beat the others, so it’s going to be hard. But I’m looking forward to everyone getting here early to do a little bit of training on the new race boats.”

He says the racing with foiling AC45s will be demanding on the sailors and exhilarating to watch for the spectators. In fact, he says the time he’s spend sailing on the foiling version of the AC45 that the team is training with is among the best sailing he’s done in his career.

“The foiling AC45s are super-fun, really exciting. It’s really hard to imagine going back to a displacement boat,” he says. “It’s so much faster and so much fun to sail with these foiling boats. You can see it with the Moths, with all the guys going into it. And you start to see the foiling everywhere now, Open 60s, powerboats, even Lasers! It’s an effect from the America’s Cup.”

Away from the concerns of developing Luna Rossa, Sirena has also had an influence on the larger development of the 2017 America’s Cup as the teams work collaboratively to support the event.

“Everyone has put a lot of effort in to try, as much as possible, to work together to create a great event,” he says. “I’m positively surprised that so far we have been able to talk fairly and put the good of the America’s Cup first.

“Of course there will be times when we are not all sharing the same opinion. But I think compared to the past we all agree we need to build this event and the only way to do that is to work together. I expect that sooner or later this will get more difficult – that’s part of the sport – but as long as the goal for everyone is to put on a great event, we’re going to be fine.”

Luna Rossa will host the first America’s Cup World Series event of 2015 from June 4-7 from its home in Cagliari, Sardinia.

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Cagliari to host America’s Cup World Series’ 2015 opening regatta

Posted on 22 January 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Luna Rossa Challenge] Cagliari will inaugurate the 2015 – 2016 America’s Cup World Series, the regattas preliminary to the 35th America’s Cup. The event will take place in the Gulf surrounding the island’s capital from June 4 to 7, 2015.

The “America’s Cup World Series – Cagliari – Sardinia”, a top level sporting event with great international visibility, is the result of the collaboration between the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, the City of Cagliari, the Port Authorities, the Navy and Luna Rossa, who has chosen Cagliari for its operations base to prepare its challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.

All six teams entered in the 35th America’s Cup – Oracle Team USA, Artemis Racing, Ben Ainslie Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa Challenge and Team France – will be present. The racing will be even more spectacular since the AC45 one-design catamarans with 20 metre wing-sails have been modified to sail in “full-foiling” configuration, i.e. they will “fly” on water.

The program entails an opening ceremony on Thursday, June 4th 2015 and one day of mandatory training on Friday, June 5th. There will be two races a day on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th; the prize-giving ceremony will take place on the last day.

The teams will sail in Cagliari from May 31st to familiarize with the race course prior to the start of the competitions.

The event will be officially presented – with a detailed plan of the racecourse, installations on land and various activities – in Cagliari during a press conference to take place in Spring of 2015.

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Luna Rossa is back at work

Posted on 12 January 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Luna Rossa Challenge] Following this past Christmas break team Luna Rossa is back at work full-time at its base in Cagliari in view of the 35th America’s Cup to be held in Bermuda in 2017.

After four setup days the team has recommenced its sea trials with the two AC45s Luna Rossa Piranha and Luna Rossa Swordfish.

The training session today lasted 5 hours, with 9-12 knots of wind and flat sea. Sailors Francesco Bruni and Adam Minoprio were at the helm of the two AC45s.

Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa said: “The Cagliari base is fully operational after the Christmas break. For the next three months we plan 4-5 training days on the water each week to test the systems and new appendages. Every day we learn new things, and the more the time goes by the more we realize how many opportunities we still have for development, exploring and testing. The design team, focused on the AC62, is working closely with the sailors with a continuous exchange of information.”

Meanwhile two team members, Chris Draper and Bora Gulari, are participating in the Moth World Championships in Sorrento, Australia.

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Luna Rossa resumes its training with two AC45 boats

Posted on 14 September 2014 by Reporter

[Source: Luna Rossa Challenge] After Luna Rossa Piranha, who has been sailing since July 1st, today Luna Rossa Swordfish – the second AC45 with which the team is developing its design and training for the 35th America’s Cup – also started sailing again in Cagliari.

The Protocol of the 35th America’s Cup in fact allows the modification of any component of the AC45 catamarans – used in past editions of the America’s Cup World Series – except for the shape of the hulls.

During this first phase the modifications focused essentially on the optimization of the appendages – daggerboards and rudders – and on-board systems that allow the AC45 catamarans to fully foil. These “new” catamarans are capable of greatly increased performances and can simulate the sailing conditions of the AC62 catamarans (“full foiling” with a 30-meter wing) that will be used in the 35th America’s Cup.

Luna Rossa Piranha and Luna Rossa Swordfish have thus become real test laboratories for components, systems, data collection and analysis, as well as the ideal platforms to train the crew in manoeuvers, boat handling and foiling tactics and techniques.

Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa, said: “This is an important day for the team: sailing with two boats offers a significant advantage not only for performance comparison but from all points of view. We participated in the last America’s Cup to set the basis for our 35th America’s Cup and now we can count on a solid team and a close collaboration between designers, sailing team and shore team. There is a constant exchange of information between these areas to address the design and optimize its applications.”

Training on the water with the two AC45s began this morning with a northwest wind ranging from 7 to 12 knots that allowed both boats to sail immediately in a full-foiling configuration.

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Luna Rossa and Quantum Racing line up in Valencia

Posted on 12 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] Training off Valencia in perfect conditions currently are the 2008 Audi MedCup champions Quantum Racing (USA) pairing up with one of this year’s hot debutant teams Luna Rossa (ITA) who are due to race at the first regatta of the season, the Portugal Trophy in Cascais (May 11-16).

The Botin Carkeek designed Quantum Racing has had additional modifications done through the off-season months as well as the standard updates which all the TP52 fleet have completed in line with the rule changes for this season.

Luna Rossa was most recently known as Pisco Sour and is a Judel Vrolijk design built in Italy by Carbolab. The Luna Rossa afterguard will include Torben Grael (BRA) as tactician, Robert Scheidt (BRA) as helmsman and recent America’s Cup winner Matteo Plazzi (ITA) as navigator.


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Luna Rossa and Quantum Racing line up in Valencia

Posted on 12 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] Training off Valencia in perfect conditions currently are the 2008 Audi MedCup champions Quantum Racing (USA) pairing up with one of this year’s hot debutant teams Luna Rossa (ITA) who are due to race at the first regatta of the season, the Portugal Trophy in Cascais (May 11-16).

The Botin Carkeek designed Quantum Racing has had additional modifications done through the off-season months as well as the standard updates which all the TP52 fleet have completed in line with the rule changes for this season.

Luna Rossa was most recently known as Pisco Sour and is a Judel Vrolijk design built in Italy by Carbolab. The Luna Rossa afterguard will include Torben Grael (BRA) as tactician, Robert Scheidt (BRA) as helmsman and recent America’s Cup winner Matteo Plazzi (ITA) as navigator.


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