Luna Rossa History

The first Challenge (30th America's Cup - Auckland - New Zealand - 2000)

3 February 1997, Milan, Italy

© Photo:© Carlo Borlenghi

The idea.

One evening, in an office near the Duomo of Milan, Patrizio Bertelli and Argentinian yacht designer German Frers are discussing the construction of a cruising boat. Suddenly German Frers asks Bertelli. "Why don't we do the America's Cup?" ... "Let's do the America's Cup!"

In 15 days, from scratch, the core of the challenge - which will remain in the memory of Italians and of fans all over the world - is set: the Luna Rossa team is born.

In just a few months the team is complete and ready to begin training.

An outline of the future is made: two and a half years of waking up at six, training in the gymnasium, at sea, in the gym again, three trips to the other side of the world, one and a half years of New Zealand sea and sky, the excitement of launching the two Luna Rossa boats, slender, sleek and shining, nicknamed by the New Zealanders the "Silver Bullet".

5 May 1999, Punta Ala
Launch of Luna Rossa ITA 45; Miuccia Prada is godmother of the launch.

5 June 1999, Punta Ala
Launch of Luna Rossa ITA 48; Miuccia Prada is godmother of the launch.

© Carlo Borlenghi

6 February 2000, Auckland, New Zealand

The Luna Rossa team writes a page in history by defeating 10 opponents, with a record of 38 wins over 49 races.

The last is U.S.’s Paul Cayard with his green and grey boat; it takes all the rule's 9 races to win the Louis Vuitton Cup series and gain the right to challenge Team New Zealand.

It is the first time that an Italian skipper races the America's Cup final Match, and the first time there is no American yacht in the Cup's finals.

© Carlo Borlenghi

2 March 2000, Auckland, New Zealand

A hard defeat for Luna Rossa’s crew who did not manage to outsail NZL 60, faster and more innovative in some unprecedented technical details.

2,000 boats, 70,000 fans at the harbour: Auckland is crazy with joy.

After the United States, New Zealand also successfully defends the Cup.5

The 2003 Challenge (31st America's Cup - Auckland - New Zealand)

January 2001, Auckland, New Zealand

Three boats on the water: two Luna Rossa and Young America. Three months of time to regain confidence with the Hauraki Gulf. At the end of the (Austral) Summer, it's back to Italy to continue the long process of training and improvement at sea and ashore.

August 2001, Cowes, England

The team leaves for Cowes, England, to race in the America's Cup Jubilee and celebrate the first 150 years of history of the America’s Cup.

20 May 2002, Punta Ala
Launch of Luna Rossa ITA 74; Miuccia Prada is godmother of the launch.

28 August 2002, Auckland
Launch of Luna Rossa ITA 80; Miuccia Prada is godmother of the launch

August 2002, leaving for New Zealand

Just over one month left to get acquainted and fine-tune the two new Luna Rossa - ITA 74 and ITA 80 - before the start of the Challengers' selection series.

© Borlenghi Carlo

September 2002, Auckland, New Zealand

The first Round Robin begins on October 1st. The team closes with four wins and four defeats. Dissatisfied with this result, it decides to perform substantial modifications on the hull and appendages. A new bow is designed, built and installed in record time on ITA 74. Also a new keel, already planned in the development program, is installed on the boat.

In the second Round Robin, ITA 74 wins seven of the eight races and qualifies for the quarter finals.

Luna Rossa modifies the bow on ITA 74 again, optimizes its mast and appendages and resumes racing with a virtually new yacht.

In the following phase, Luna Rossa ITA 74 wins all four regattas and qualifies to race the semi-finals against One World, who will win the match.

The 2007 Challenge (32nd America's Cup - Valencia - Spain)

19 August 2004

The challenge is launched through the Yacht Club Italiano, the oldest sailing club in the Mediterranean, established in 1879 in Genoa, Italy.

The two partners in Luna Rossa Challenge 2007 are the Prada Group and the Telecom Italia Group.

In February 2004, the Luna Rossa team is the first to set up its base in Valencia, where it starts training in May with ITA 74 and ITA 80.

While the original historic core of the team remains, new top level talents are included in all departments. Innovative technology is also introduced.

The team Luna Rossa Challenge 2007 (sailing team, design team, shore team, weather team, performance team, boat builders, sail loft, logistics, administration and management) now includes about 110 people from 18 different countries.

© Francesco Ferri ACM

October 2004 - April 2007

The Luna Rossa team races in the Louis Vuitton Acts introduced by the defender as part of the new challengers' selection format.

The Acts are held in different European cities: Valencia, Marseille, Malmö and Trapani.

22 March 2006, Valencia
Launch of Luna Rossa ITA 86; Miuccia Prada is godmother of the launch.

18 January 2007, Valencia
Launch of Luna Rossa ITA 94; Miuccia Prada is godmother of the launch.

9 May 2007

Luna Rossa is third at the end of the Round Robins and qualifies for the semi-finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

20 May 2007

Luna Rossa qualifies for the Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup with a 5-1 win over BMW Oracle Racing. In the finals, Luna Rossa races against Emirates Team New Zealand, winner over Spain’s Desafio Español 2007.

6 June 2007

After five tight races, in unfavourable wind conditions, Luna Rossa loses to Emirates Team New Zealand who wins the Louis Vuitton Cup and gains the right to challenge defender Alinghi.

© Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/ACM

2008 - 2009

December, 2008

A new Luna Rossa STP65 yacht is launched in Valencia. She will participate in the 2009 international racing season with a new team of sailors.

January, 2009

Team Luna Rossa participates in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series (Auckland, New Zealand, January 30 / February 14).

© ©Photo:Stefano Gattini/Luna Rossa Challenge

April, 2009

The STP65 Luna Rossa is 1st overall at "Palmavela" (Palma de Mallorca) in the mini maxi class.

August, 2009

The STP65 Luna Rossa finishes 2nd overall in the Fastnet Race winning the Arambalza Cup and the Kees van Dam Memorial Trophy.

October, 2009

The STP65 Luna Rossa wins the Rolex Middle Sea Race in the ORC class.

2010

Team Luna Rossa participates in the Audi Med Cup TP52' circuit and in the Louis Vuitton Trophy of La Maddalena (Sardinia - Italy).

2011

March - December

Team Luna Rossa participates in the Extreme Sailing Series, a 9 events professional racing circuit for Extreme 40 class catamarans.

11 December

Singapore. team Luna Rossa, with Max Sirena (skipper), Paul Campbell-James (helmsman), Alister Richardson (tactician) and Manuel Modena (trimmer), in a breath-taking final event, wins both the Singapore round and the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series, with a lead of 7 points over the second, defeating, amongst the others, teams of the calibre of Emirates Team New Zealand, Alinghi, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Artemis.

2012

January - March

Auckland (New Zealand) - Luna Rossa reaches Auckland and starts preparing and racing with Emirates Team New Zealand on the wing-sailed AC45 and the SL33 catamarans with which they conducted ​​the very first foiling tests.

© NIGEL MARPLE

4 April

The team is officially presented at the Circolo della Vela Sicilia in Palermo.

© Carlo Borlenghi

America’s Cup World Series 2011-2012

7 - 15 April

Naples - The two Luna Rossa catamarans sail for the first time in the AC45 regattas.

Team Luna Rossa at its debut shows a competitive edge: Piranha wins the fleet races (and takes a 2nd place in the match races), and Swordfish closes in sixth place (4th in the match races).

12 - 20 May

Venice - The racing week opens with the Trofeo Arzanà Città di Venezia (May 12-13), won by Luna Rossa Piranha, closely followed in second place by Luna Rossa Swordfish. In the America’s Cup World Series races the team finishes 2nd(LR Piranha) and 7th(LR Swordfish) in the match races, whereas LR Piranhacloses in 5th place and LR Swordfish in 6th place in the fleet races.

© Carlo Borlenghi

26 June - 1 July

Newport, RI (USA) - Piranha reaches the match race semi-final (ranking 3rd) and then goes on to win the fleet race. Luna Rossa Swordfish closes in 5th place (fleet races) and 7th (match racing).

29 June

Newport, RI (USA) - Patrizio Bertelli is the first Italian ever to enter the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.

© Carlo Borlenghi

America’s Cup World Series 2012-2013

21 - 26 August

San Francisco (USA) - Strong winds and low temperatures. In the match race regattas the AC45 Luna Rossa catamarans, after qualifying for the quarter finals, do not move on to the next phase and place respectively 6th (LR Piranha) and 7th(LR Swordfish) in the match race ranking. In the fleet races Luna Rossa Piranha places second overall whereas Luna Rossa Swordfish is 5th overall.

4 - 7 October

San Francisco (USA) - Luna Rossa faces a tough week following the decision to have Iker Martinez (newly entered in the team) as helmsman on Luna Rossa Swordfish. Luna Rossa Piranha closes the fleet racing event in 9th place and Luna Rossa Swordfish in 11th place.

26 October

Auckland, (New Zealand) - Launch of the wing-sail AC72 Luna Rossa catamaran, challenger for the 34th America’s Cup. Miuccia Prada is godmother of the launch.

The construction of the AC72 Luna Rossa catamaran involved 300 people and 52,000 working hours: 12,000 to build the wing sail, 17,000 for the hull construction and 23,000 to build the platform and foils. 500 kg of titanium were used and about 2,000 metres of lines were used on board (halyards, sheets, etc.).

© Carlo Borlenghi

November - December

Auckland (New Zealand) - A period of intense training and races against Emirates Team New Zealand begins in the Hauraki Gulf.

 

2013

February

Auckland (New Zealand) - Chris Draper is announced as helmsman; Francesco “Checco” Bruni will be the tactician.

© Carlo Borlenghi

America’s Cup World Series 2012-2013

13 - 21 April

Naples - Luna Rossa “Piranha”, helmed by Chris Draper, closed the fleet race in second place. Luna Rossa Swordfish, with Francesco Bruni at his first sailing experience helming a catamaran, finishes first in the fleet race final and second in the match race final.

© Carlo Borlenghi

9 May

San Francisco (USA) - Team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 is shocked by the dramatic accident that caused the death of the Olympic medalist Andrew Simpson (Artemis Racing).

17 May

Alameda (USA) - Patrizio Bertelli, Team Principal of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, meets the media at the Luna Rossa base in Alameda, in presence of the entire team, calling for improved safety regulations.

© Carlo Borlenghi

18 May

San Francisco (USA) - The Luna Rossa AC72 sails for the first time on the San Francisco Bay.

© Carlo Borlenghi

29 June

San Francisco (USA) - The Regatta Director of the 34th America’s Cup issues 37 new safety recommendations.

2 July

San Francisco (USA) - Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand file a protest to the International Jury against two of the 37 measures introduced by the Regatta Director (new Class Rules issued without the unanimous agreement of the competing teams).

7 July

San Francisco (USA) - First race of the Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin - Luna Rossa versus Emirates Team New Zealand. Luna Rossa decides not to race due to the pending protest presented to the International Jury.

11 July

San Francisco (USA) - The International Jury rules in favour of the protests brought by Luna Rossa Challenge and Emirates Team New Zealand. Luna Rossa races for the first time in a solo race against Artemis Racing.

1 August

San Francisco (USA) - Emirates Team New Zealand wins the Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin and advances to the Louis Vuitton Cup Final (17-30 August). Luna Rossa prepares to face Artemis Racing in the Semi-finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup (6-15 August).

© Carlo Borlenghi

6-9 August

San Francisco (USA) - Luna Rossa defeats Swedish team Artemis Racing 4-0 and wins the Semi-finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup. For the third time in four America’s Cup campaigns Luna Rossa qualifies for the Louis Vuitton Cup Final.

© Carlo Borlenghi

23 August

San Francisco (USA) - Luna Rossa Piranha is officially declared Overall Champion of the
2012 / 2013 season of the America’s Cup World Series, as well as winner of the Newport 2012 Match Race event and winner of the San Francisco 2012 (August) Fleet Race event. The final results were reviewed by the International Jury following the protest introduced by the Regatta Director for illegal modifications to the AC45s (breach of Class Rules) by Oracle Team USA Spithill, Oracle Team USA Coutts and BAR, competitors in the America’s Cup World Series.

25 August

San Francisco (USA) - Luna Rossa faces Emirates Team New Zealand in the 8th race of the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals (1-7). The New Zealanders score their 7thpoint and move to the America’s Cup Final Match against the Defender Oracle Team USA.

© Abner Kingman

13 September

San Francisco (USA) - The trophies for the America’s Cup World Series 2012/2013 are officially awarded to Luna Rossa Piranha: Overall America’s Cup World Series winner of the season 2012/2013, winner of the Newport 2012 Match Race event and winner of the San Francisco 2012 (August) Fleet Race event.

7 - 21 September

San Francisco (USA) - America’s Cup Final Match: Oracle Team USA versus Emirates Team New Zealand. The team to first score 9 points wins the America’s Cup. The American team is protagonist of one of the most historic comebacks in the history of sport and manages to turn the 8-1 disadvantage into an 8-9 victory. On 25 September, the date of the decisive match, Oracle Team USA beats Emirates Team New Zealand and wins the 34th America's Cup.

© Gilles Martin-Raget