Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli is the Italian team that will represent the Circolo della Vela Sicilia yacht club in the challenge at the 36th edition of the America's Cup presented by Prada which will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, from March 6 to 21, 2021, preceded by the Prada Cup, scheduled from January 15 to February 22, which will decide the team that will challenge Emirates Team New Zealand.
Established in 1851, the America's Cup is the oldest trophy in the history of the sport and the most important sailing race, which has always been a fusion of sport and technology. The first participation of Luna Rossa dates back to 2000, when the team arrived in the America's Cup final against Team New Zealand after winning the Louis Vuitton Cup on its debut, beating the U.S. AmericaOne team. Over the past two decades, the team has participated in six America's Cup campaigns.
At the end of the last edition, in February 2017, immediately after the victory of the New Zealand team against the then defender Oracle Team USA, Agostino Randazzo, President of the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, together with Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team, launched the challenge to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, becoming Challenger of Record that is responsible for writing the rules, together with the current defender of the Cup, for the next edition of the race.
Led by Max Sirena, Skipper and Team Director, the Italian team will compete on board the AC75 "Luna Rossa", a revolutionary monohull that is 23 meters long and weighs about 6.5 tons. More than 90 people, including 37 designers, have been involved in its construction for over two years, and 7,000 square meters of carbon fiber and 400 square meters of aluminum honeycomb have been used. Mounted on the sides of the hull are the foils, the two "wings" that measure about 5 meters and allow Luna Rossa to "fly" over the water and reach speeds of over 90 km/h.
Sailing aboard the AC75 will be 11 people, each with a different function. In addition to their crew position on the boat, each sailor also has a specific role on land and works in coordination with the Design Team to try to improve boat performance and with the Shore Team that develops the boat and builds the components.
The sailing team, including the coach, is made up of 21 men. Within the group, ten experienced sailors work alongside ten young talents who joined the team thanks to the "New Generation" project, which was born from the desire to strengthen what has become a constant for the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team over the years: giving continuity to the challenge.
Thanks to the collaboration with The Woolmark Company as a technical partner, high-performance technical garments made of merino wool have been studied and developed with innovative solutions for team apparel. Thanks to its complex structure, merino wool is the most technical natural fiber that is naturally thermoregulating, breathable and water resistant. It is 100% renewable and biodegradable and helps protect the oceans due to the very low environmental impact of its production and disposal.