ABOUT LUNA ROSSA
The Luna Rossa team was born in Milan one evening in
February after a meeting between the entrepreneur Patrizio
Bertelli and the Argentinian yacht designer, German Frers,
where the two men decided to participate in the 30^
America’s Cup. On 21st April the Punta Ala Yacht Club
formally launched the challenge to the Royal New Zealand
Yacht Squadron cup holder.
Luna Rossa won the Louis Vuitton Cup in Auckland, giving it the
right to dispute the final race against Black Magic. It was the first time
an Italian skipper, Francesco de Angelis, had participated in the final
stages of the America’s Cup, and it was also the first time without
an American boat competing. The cup was claimed by the New
Zealanders, but Luna Rossa took home a record: 38 victories out of
the 49 preliminary races disputed.
Luna Rossa decided to challenge the New Zealand team
once again at the end of the race in 2000, and Luna Rossa
became the Challenger of Record. The boat arrived as far
as the semi-finals of the selection races against an emerging
Swiss team that was destined to win the 31^ America’s Cup:
After an absence of more than a century, the Cup once again
returned to Europe. Luna Rossa defeated the American Oracle
team in the semi-finals 5 to 1, also thanks to the exploits of a
very young James Spithill. Luna Rossa reached the final of the
Louis Vuitton Cup, five hard-fought races in which Emirates
Team New Zealand came out victorious.
2013 SAN FRANCISCO
The Louis Vuitton Cup kicked off in the San Francisco bay,
featuring the giant AC72 flying catamarans. For the third time
out of four participations, Luna Rossa qualified for the final of
the Louis Vuitton Cup. However, it was the Americans with
Oracle who would go on to beat the New Zealand team
with a legendary comeback in the decisive match race.
In April 2015, after launching its fifth challenge for the America’s
Cup, the Luna Rossa team decided to withdraw from the challenge
following changes in the Class Rule that had already been approved
by all participants of the 35^ America’s Cup, imposed unilaterally
by the Defender, through an unprecedented procedure.
Luna Rossa launched its sixth challenge
as Challenger of Record.
THE LUNA ROSSA PRADA PIRELLI TEAM MEMBERS
38-strong and the beating heart of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team. Working both in the water and on land, the shore team is ready to take action at a moment’s notice. This team starts working when the boat returns to land and finishes the next day, when the boat returns to the water once again. Working beneath tents and inside containers, the team develops new pieces and repairs dailydamage. The team is divided in several units: composite and carbon manufacturing, hydraulics, electronics, riggers, sailmakers, mechanical workshop, deck equipment and painting. The team is responsible for the maintenance of the boat and builds custom-made small- and medium-sized components that connect the standard elements of the boat to specific parts.
This 37-member unit is by far the largest team and is divided into 5 units: naval architecture, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, aero- and hydrodynamic engineering. In addition to dedicating themselves to the design of the hulls, sails and all the custom design components, the team analyzes the data from the simulator and from the computers connected to the hull during training at sea. Thanks to the synchronized activity with the Sailing team and the Shore team, every day they study and design solutions that increase boat’s performance.
11 team members will be competing on board the AC75: helmsman, mainsail trimmer, foil trimmer and the grinders. The team, with veterans and New Generation members, is composed of 21 men, included the coach. At sea they train with different types of boats, on ground they train on the simulator and in the gym. In addition to their specific boat roles, members have a specific role in coordination with the Shore team or the Design team to improve the performance of the boat.
The New Generation Project stems from the desire to reinforce what has become a constant for Luna Rossa over the years: ensuring continuity for the challenge by initiating several generations of sailors.
Within the project, the most experienced sailors are joined by new recruits, who are a stimulus to the entire team: veterans with different editions of America’s Cup under their belts work alongside the young talents who have a more natural relationship with advanced technologies.
Tight training sessions at sea and on land cover tactics and strategy, adjustments and manoeuvres, development of sensitivity and intuition, but it doesn’t end there; careful character evaluation and propensity to teamwork and stress management. These are the closely monitored observation and selection criteria of the New Generation Project to bring talented young Italian sailors onto the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team. The team invests in generational change while maintaining the pursuit of sporting excellence that has always characterized the crews of Luna Rossa.
Team Director & Skipper
Francesco Mario Mongelli
Pierluigi de Felice
Nicholas Brezzi Villi