Luna Rossa dismasting ph. Studio Borlenghi
Luna Rossa: we learned a lot and soon will be back on the water
With just three months to go until the first event of the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) gets underway in Cagliari from 23 to 26 April, the competition is already in full swing. After the Christmas break, the team is back and full-on: an intense programme sees the crew busy training on shore and on the water. During its last training session the Luna Rossa AC75 dismasted. Fortunately no one suffered injuries and the boat and equipment were not severely damaged. The team however has had to review its schedule for the coming weeks.
Vasco Vascotto, sailing team member: “The Christmas break helped us to 'recharge our batteries', but we wanted to get back to work as soon as possible. What we have here is an important event that requires us to be very focused. The incident, during the last sea trial, delayed our programs, but we learned a lot and soon will be back on the water.”
Cagliari is getting ready to host the first stage of the America’s Cup World Series. The race village, located along Via Roma, will be open to the public from 22 April, and racing will take place in proximity of the city harbour. For the first time the AC75 yachts, the new foiling monohulls designed for this edition of America’s Cup, will compete over four intense days of racing.
The event is stirring much curiosity and interest and will be the testing ground for all of the teams as they start to reveal their hands.
Meanwhile competitors are starting to take up residence in Cagliari. Ineos Team UK arrived at the beginning of January and has already started a series of tests on the water with their AC75 “Britannia”.