Full crew list of Patrizio Bertelli’s fifth attempt at winning the America’s Cup:
Team Director & Skipper
Born in 1973 in Rimini, Italy, Massimiliano “Max” Sirena won the 33rd America’s Cup with BMW Oracle Team as wing mast manager; he skippered the Luna Rossa Extreme 40, winner of the Extreme Sailing Series in 2011. He also raced with team Luna Rossa in the America’s Cup campaigns in 2000 when the team won the Louis Vuitton Cup, in 2003 and 2007 as mid-bowman. Max was skipper of team Luna Rossa for the 34th challenge to the America’s Cup.
Francesco “Checco” Bruni from Palermo, Italy, is one of the most complete, eclectic and winning active Italian sailors: in 30 years of sport, he has won seven world, five European and 15 Italian championships in different classes, from Laser to offshore, from Star to 49er and reached first place in the ISAF Match Race world ranking in 2011. He has already raced with team Luna Rossa in three America’s Cup campaigns (2003, 2007 and 2013).
Pierluigi de Felice
Italian from Naples, “PG” started sailing at age seven on Optimists and then moved on to 420s and 470s. Throughout his sailing career, he has won eight National Championships and earned four Silver and three bronze medals in several World Championships in different Classes. In 2011, he ranked 2nd in the World Match Racing Championship being member of Francesco Bruni’s crew. He participated in the 2003 and 2007 America’s Cup campaigns with Mascalzone Latino. This is his second America’s Cup with team Luna Rossa.
Born in Sheffield (England) in 1978, he won a bronze medal at the Athens Olympic Games (2004) in the 49er class, was World Champion twice (2003 and 2006) and European Champion three times (2004, 2005 and 2010) in the same class. He won the Extreme Sailing Series in 2009 and was the helmsman for Luna Rossa in the 34th America’s Cup. This is his second America’s Cup with Luna Rossa.
Sailing Team Coordinator
Born in Perth (Australia) in 1977, Ben completed a Bachelor of Business Degree at the Edith Cowan University. He has participated in four America’s Cup campaigns with Young Australia (2000), Oneworld Challenge (2003) and Luna Rossa (2007-20013). He started his career winning the Australian Youth Championships in 1995. Since then, he has continued to achieve important results: in 2004, he was first in the ISAF World Match Race ranking, finishing in second place both the World Match Race Championship and the World Match Racing Tour. He also won the 12mSI World Championship (2009), the Extreme Sailing with Luna Rossa, the Fastnet, the World Championship and the TP52 Audi Med Cup in 2011.
Born in Livorno (Italy) in 1981, Shannon moved to Antigua with his family at the age of three. When he turned 19 he took to the sea with six oceanic deliveries and one circumnavigation of the world. He then started racing and finished second in the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race with PUMA. His America’s Cup experience started in 2000 when he joined Mascalzone Latino. In 2007, he sailed with Luna Rossa and won the last 2010 and 2013 America’s Cup campaigns with team Oracle. He is now in his 5th America’s Cup campaign.
Born in Istanbul in 1975, he moved to the United States with his parents, sailing enthusiasts, when he was 11 months. Bora took his first steps into the sailing world at the age of five, when his father gave him his first windsurf but his career as a sailor took off after graduation in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. After obtaining excellent results on the 49er, in 2007 he discovered the Moth and, in a short time, he became one of the best specialists within the class. Bora is indeed the only American to have won two Moth World Championships (2009-2013). This is his first America’s Cup campaign with Luna Rossa.
Born in Tuscany, Italy, in 1972 “Lele” is a grinder. He has been with Luna Rossa since the 2007 America’s Cup campaign and has sailed with the team also in later years, racing with TP52, STP65 and in the Louis Vuitton Trophy at La Maddalena. This is his third America’s Cup with Luna Rossa.
Born in Cesena, Italy, Marco was part of the Italian national Finn team from 1978 to 1982. Since 1984, he has been a coach of the Italian Sailing Federation and, from 1990 until 2000, he was a member of the Olympic Team’s staff. He was involved in the Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 Sydney 2000, Pechino 2008 and in some leading circuits, including the RC44, World Match Race Tour, Volvo Ocean Race, TP52, MOD70, Pre-Olympic weeks, Louis Vuitton Series. He was in the crew and athletic trainer with Azzurra in 1983 and the coach of the Luna Rossa team (2000-2003-2007-2013). This is his sixth America’s Cup.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1985, Adam started sailing at the age of seven, winning his first national championship at the age of eleven on the Optimist. Since then, he has competed internationally at top levels and in 2009 was the youngest sailor to win the World Match Racing Tour. Adam finished 2nd in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 on board team Camper in the role of helmsman and trimmer. This is his first America’s Cup campaign.
Born on Lake Garda (Italy) in 1975, Manuel is a multi-skilled sailor who accumulated experience in the Italian Olympic team, class 49er (2001 – 2004, Italian Champion in 2003). World Champion in the Melges 24 class in 2005, in the same year he won the Italian Match Race Championship. After the 2007 America’s Cup, he raced, again with Luna Rossa, in the STP65 and TP52 seasons and, in 2011, he won the Extreme Sailing Series. This is his third America’s Cup with Luna Rossa.
Born in Castelnovo ne’ Monti (Italy), Gilberto, aka Gillo, joined team Luna Rossa in 2003 and 2007; He then went on to win the last two editions of the America’s Cup (2010 and 2013) with team Oracle as crew member and performance analyst. Gillo took part in several international events onboard TP52s, Maxi yachts and Extreme40s and sailed for four years (2004-2008) in the Star class with Francesco Bruni. The 35th America’s Cup will be his fifth America’s Cup campaign.
Born in England in 1979, Alister won the Extreme Sailing Series in 2010 and 2011. He has accumulated extensive multi-hull experience in the Extreme 40 and 49er classes, where he helmed in six World Championships, five European Championships and in the pre-Olympic regattas in Athens and Sydney. This is his second America’s Cup with Luna Rossa.
Speed Coach/Wing Trimmer
Born in Albenga in 1979, Pietro entered the world of sailing at the age of eight, immediately racing at high levels in Optimist and 470 classes. In 1998, together with his brother, Pietro moved to 49ers and, in the four years that followed, became one of the best helmsmen in the world, winning a European Championship and gaining three bronze medals at the World Championships. Following the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2008 in Beijing, he qualified Italy for the 2012 Olympics in London. Over the past two years, he has achieved excellent results in the D-One, Melges and Moth Classes. This is his first America’s Cup.
Born in Dirksland (Netherlands), Simeon comes from a shipbuilding family and studied Naval Architecture at the Technical University of Haarlem (NL). He participated in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 with ABN AMRO TWO and was part of the record-setting 24-hour monohull run (563 miles) achieved by the team. Having won two America’s Cups with Team Oracle (2010 -2013), he joins team Luna Rossa for the first time.