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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Luna Rossa Return to America's Cup With A Kiwi Twist

Interesting times ahead for Italian sailing team Luna Rossa who are back in the America's Cup game and thanks to Grant Dalton and Emirates Team New Zealand, won't be too far behind the eight ball on the technical side.
Luna Rossa/Audi MedCup Barcelona Photo: Lulu Roseman
Now that the Golden Gate Yacht Club has accepted the challenge from Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 and the Circolo della Vela Sicilia of Palermo for the 34th America's Cup it's full steam ahead for the Italians.

The two teams have entered into an agreement that gives Luna Rossa full access to all ETNZ design and performance data until December 31, 2012.
Grant Dalton Photo: Chris Cameron
“The cooperation with Luna Rossa is another step towards the long-term objective of establishing our team as a provider of technology and services that highlight New Zealand’s marine industry expertise. We look forward to sharing our design office resources and cooperating with two such well-respected names in top-level sailing, said Grant Dalton, Managing Director of Emirates Team New Zealand.

The hulls for the Luna Rossa AC72’ will be built in Italy while all other elements will be built in New Zealand in close cooperation with Emirates Team New Zealand.
Image Courtesy of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013
In 2012 Luna Rossa will open a base in Auckland for the joint training, compete in all America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) events with the AC 45’ wing catamaran and  launch a AC 72’ wing catamaran for the America’s Cup.

“I am very happy of this co-operation: since 2000, when they won the Louis Vuitton Cup, Luna Rossa is certainly the most loved and respected foreign sailing team in New Zealand. This partnership will increase the technical value of the teams. We look forward to close co-operation on land and intense rivalry on the water,” said Matteo de Nora, Team Principal of Emirates Team New Zealand.

Luna Rossa will relocate to San Francisco in March 2013 where they will continue their preparations for the 34th America’s Cup.

Lulu Roseman

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