The new Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team will race as challenger and Challenger of Record at the 36th America’s Cup – scheduled to take place in Auckland, New Zealand in 2021 – and it will do so with the new AC75, which will be launched on August 25th. During the presentation of the team Marco Tronchetti Provera, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of Pirelli, underlined the values of the partnership between Luna Rossa and Pirelli that is strengthened by Pirelli’s considerable experience in many R&D fields, but also by its involvement in the 2007 America’s Cup, when, in Valencia, it partnered with Luna Rossa for its 3rd challenge.
The Team Director and Skipper will be Max Sirena who commented: “The team facing this challenge has a new identity; there is a group of new generation sailors, training alongside a more experienced group. We are now full-on in our preparation and are training on a down-scale prototype. There is a lot of expectation and curiosity surrounding the brand new AC75, on which the design team has been working for over a year. But the commitment and concentration are very high in all areas of the team, whose focus is directed to a single, uppermost goal: victory! We also strive to achieve this goal to show our appreciation to all the partners who believe in us and support our effort in this challenge: the Circolo della Vela Sicilia yacht club, now challenging with us for the third time, and also the millions of fans who support the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team.”
Patrizio Bertelli, President of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team, declared: “As in all past editions, our goal is to win the America’s Cup and bring it to Italy. Since our first challenge, in 2000, we have learned a lot but also taught a lot and earned the respect of the international sailing community.”