America’s Cup: Luna Rossa challenges New Zealand in the final

America's Cup: Luna Rossa challenges New Zealand in the final

Italy’s deep-sea sailors have entered the final duel for the America’s Cup for the third time after 1992 and 2000.

 The  Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team prevailed 7-1 against Sir Ben Ainslies Ineos Team UK in the Prada Cup Final before Auckland. This gives the Italians the right to compete against Cup defenders New Zealand in the 36th America’s Cup from March 6th.

Two victories on Sunday were enough for the Italians to triumph over the British, whose boat “Britannia” failed due to its weakness in light winds. ©

 The  crew of the “Luna Rossa” was able to prevail with a faster boat and the exclusive idea of ​​two alternating helmsmen.


 The  task is shared by Francesco Bruni (Italy) and the experienced cup winner Jimmy Spithill (Australia). Team boss Max Sirena said with tears of joy: “After 20 years this is a very nice moment. It wasn’t easy, but we will work even harder now.”

For the Italian racing team owner and passionate cup hunter Patrizio Bertelli and his team, it is the sixth attempt and two decades after the first success, the second entry into an America’s Cup duel. In 2000 Bertelli’s “Prada Challenge” lost 5-0 at the 30th America’s Cup New Zealand. Before that, in 1992 Raul Gardini’s “Il Moro di Venezia” made Italy dream of the most important trophy in international sailing for the first time in the 28th America’s Cup. At that time, Italy lost 4-1 to the USA.

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