Team Luna Rossa Challenge is pleased to announce that its former Skipper and Team Director Max Sirena will join Emirates Team New Zealand’s management, working closely with the various Department Heads and the Executive Team.

This stresses the sporting and friendly ties of mutual respect that have characterized the relationship between the two teams during over fifteen years, marked by loyal and constructive competition.

As everybody knows, the 2nd of April 2015, Luna Rossa Challenge decided to withdraw from the 35th America’s Cup as a consequence of the abrupt and unacceptable imposition from the Defender introducing substantial changes of the characteristics of the boat to be used in the 35th America’s Cup, which were already announced and unanimously accepted by all Challengers since June 2014.

Max Sirena has declared: “This opportunity enables me to continue a path initiated almost twenty years ago and to remain involved in the America’s Cup environment, also by following its technical developments. Therefore I would like to thank Grant Dalton for offering me this position in the Team and, of course, Patrizio Bertelli and the Board of Emirates Team New Zealand who made my involvement possible”.


Milan, 6th October 2015