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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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2010 Audi MedCup Circuit starts in one month

Posted on 09 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI MedCup] One month to the start of the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit’s first regatta in Cascais (May 11-16) and preparation activity is evident in several different European sailing centres where TP52 Series and GP42 Series contenders are making sure their programmes are on schedule to hit the first start lines in Cascais, Portugal with the best chance of wining.

Off Valencia the 2008 Audi MedCup champions Quantum Racing (USA) have just started tuning and testing their freshly modified Botin Carkeek design. They have remodelled the deck closer to that of 2009 Circuit winners Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), and also stiffened the hull, strengthening the internal structure to comfortably accept the higher rig loads which prevail among the leading contenders.

“We will also realise a benefit in reduced windage, but the main objective was in stiffening the boat back up again.” Remarks Quantum Racing’s project manager Ed Reynolds (USA), “This is going to be an exciting season. With two or maybe three new teams for sure the level is going to go up. When the newest boats sailed races which were perfect or close to perfect, then we struggled a little at times against them. TeamOrigin’s new boat will be interesting, but we really are pretty optimistic. We know that consistency is the absolute key and at this level that is not always possible. We’ll be shooting for podium finishes.”


Quantum Racing have recruited past Farr 40 world championship winner Adrian Stead (GBR) as tactician who will partner Kevin Hall (USA) who will be the navigator. Quantum Racing plan to train over the coming days off Valencia, along with Cristabella (GBR).

Emirates Team New Zealand have the winning momentum and trialled their modified Botin Carkeek design at home off Auckland. Their changes are only in line with the rule changes for 2010, and some cosmetic differences, but they have worked extensively on their sail package for this season.

“To be honest it is difficult to feel the differences in the boat after the changes because we were just one boat testing, and its only once you get up against other boats then we’ll see how we are.” Remarks Emirates Team New Zealand’s tactician Ray Davies (NZL), “We are confident. You have to be confident in your sailing and believe in yourselves. We have that, then it is down to the process of how we deliver consistent results. So we are focusing on the process and we definitely have the people to win again.”

“It was exciting to see the TeamOrigin boat sailing in Auckland. Juan (Kouyoumdjian) has pushed the boundaries and if they have a speed edge they will be very hard to beat.” Concludes Davies.

TeamOrigin, the emerging British team, have been training on the wet, chilly Solent in big winds recently as they await the arrival of their new boat from New Zealand.


One key change for this season is that teams are forbidden to train off the venue during the week prior to the regatta. So for the Trophy of Portugal, Cascais that means May 3rd is the deadline. That, of course, is not a problem for the local team of Bigamist 7 (POR).

“We have been doing some local races to get focussed and train. I really don’t think there is a local advantage as such, especially because Cascais is such an international venue and so many crews will have sailed here before. But, for sure, there are things we know just by virtue of sailing here all the time.” Says Afonso Domingos (POR), Bigamist’s skipper-helm.

Spanish entry Bribón (ESP) was training off Palma at the end of March after adapting the boat to the new configuration, including the new tiller steering and new helmsman, Gonzalo Araujo (ESP), who is very confident with the results of the work: “The week was very good all round, testing all the modifications made to the boat to fit with the 2010 rule and adjusting everything for a good sailing. We were also able to test the new sails in different wind ranges. In terms of the crew, we’ve changed some key members, and were training maneuvers with the new human core. The schedule for Bribón is for some days of training in Cascais at the end of the month, to get ready for the start of the season.”

Final preparations for the GP42 Series
Teams entered in the GP42 Series are making final preparations for Stage 1 in different ways. Some, like Javier Goizueta (ESP), class President of the GP42’s, are finalising their sponsorship arrangements for their team and boat branding. Goizueta has this year teamed up with Olympic Gold medalist Jose María van der Ploeg (ESP) to race his ’09 Botin & Carkeek design as Madrid – Caser Seguros, with last year’s GP42 Global Champion Paolo Cian (ITA) rumored to be in the driver’s seat for this year’s series.


Others are preparing by getting out on the water, using the Palma Vela regatta later this week in Palma de Mallorca as an opportunity to put their boats and teams through the paces. John Bassadone’s (GBR) Peninsula Petroleum (GBR), an ’07 Botin-Carkeek design built as ex-Turismo Madrid, will be racing a boat new to him and his team and which has had some keel reinforcements done over the winter at Longitud Zero. Project manager Inaki Castañer (ESP) is excited about their first GP42 season.

“We’ve got a great team lined up for this year, and John is very excited about the MedCup,” says Castañer. “Palma Vela will be important for us to learn this boat new to us so we can get to Cascais well-prepared.”

Another team racing in Palma Vela is one who was a veteran to last year’s GP42 Series, but has done some recent modifications to their deck layout and signed on a new sailmaker. Roberto Monti’s (ITA) Felci-designed AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA) is not only re-painted, but has the main trimmer now forward of the helmsman and will be sporting new sails from North Sails Italy.

And while they also have a new team led by rising Italian match racing star Francesco Bruni (ITA), Monti says “After having helmed Airis in the ’09 final stage in Cartagena, as well as at the Global Cup in Lanzarote last year, I feel confident I can take the helm again this year. We feel our biggest competition is Madrid – Caser Seguros, but we’re confident we can win this year.”

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Video highlights from the opening day of the 2009 HUBLOT Palmavela

Posted on 17 April 2009 by Valencia Sailing

The second action-packed day of the HUBLOT Palmavela just finished and Luna Rossa extended their lead in the Maxi Mini division, while RAN II made her debut. Our full report and photos will be online in a couple of hours. In the meantime, enjoy some footage from yesterday’s action.

Video highlights from the opening day of the HUBLOT Palmavela. Palma, 16 April 2009. Video copyright HUBLOT Palmavela

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