Every year 0.6-1.7 million tons of microfibers are released into the ocean. These very tiny particles, less than 5 millimeters in diameter, are now found throughout aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems all over the world. The increasing use of plastic and synthetic fibers, including the clothing industry, is likely to have drastic implications on the environment. For this reason, the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team is actively committed, through concrete actions, to mitigate environmental impact. Thanks to a collaboration with The Woolmark Company, high-performance and innovative garments have been designed for the sailing team’s uniform, created with high percentages of natural fibers such as Merino wool: a biodegradable and renewable material, with a very low impact both in its production cycle and disposal, and with extraordinary breathability and waterproof characteristics.
The AC75s are spectacular boats capable of reaching speeds of around 50 knots (approximately 100 km/h or 58mph) but are also complex and hard to manage. The hulls may undergo sudden strong decelerations and even capsize. Therefore the sailors on board must be properly equipped and trained for the most extreme situations.
All members of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team have been trained with BLSD (Basic Life Support and Defibrillation) Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation courses, cylinder breathing and man overboard recovery. There are doctors and divers on the chase boats, ready to intervene whenever necessary.
The AC75 yachts of the next America’s Cup can capsize, so swimming and underwater training sessions are planned. Even if every sailor on board has his own supply of oxygen, what makes the difference is the tranquillity with which teams face a possible unforeseen event or accident. The oxygen reserves can last up to eight minutes, when panicking, just a minute.
Onbaord each team member wears technical apparel equipped with mandatory safety devices (helmet, life jacket, oxygen reserve and personal knife) and by rules it must not exceed 5 kg weight. Other knives are located on the boat. Indicators t are visible and mounted on the internal bulkheads of the boat to indicate escape routes from the hull.