The calm before the storm

11/02/21 – Auckland (NZL).
36th America’s Cup presented by Prada
PRADA Cup 2021 – Press Conference
Max Sirena (Team Director & Skipper – Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team), Ben Ainslie (Team Principal & Skipper – Ineos Team UK), PRADA Cup Trophy

Don’t trust the Ben Ainslie sitting crooked in his chair, almost crumpled in on himself and in the throes of some nervous tic seen in the press conference introducing the Prada Cup final against Luna Rossa starting Feb. 13. Don’t trust it, because that is not the real Big Ben. That is just a mask. The real Big Ben is that grin that peeped on his face last night, between answers to reporters, at times, as mean as few, at times mocking. Don’t trust it because Ben Ainslie feeds his boundless competitive hunger with these moments of stress and tension, where many fall and he instead explodes in all his technical and mental overpower.

Max Sirena, who barely looked at him last night at the Prada Cup presentation press conference, knows this. Just a few glances, with a few half-smiles directed at the rival by Luna Rossa’s Romagnolo Team Director. Max knows. He knows it will be a challenge on the edge of physical and mental strength, he knows that on this best-of-13-race series, whoever gets to 7 wins first, the careers of many on his team and even himself depend. He knows that he has in front of him as an opponent probably the strongest sailor in the world and a crew of absolute value.

But respect should not and cannot be mistaken for fear. Luna Rossa can play this final and can seriously challenge an Ineos Team UK that is favored by bookmakers (not by much) and many commentators. As Sirena said before the audience of international journalists, “they will count the details and the one who makes one mistake less than the opponent will win.”

12/01/21 – Auckland (NZL).
36th America’s Cup presented by Prada
PRADA Cup 2021 – Training Day 2
Ineos Team UK, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team

A JOSE MOURINHO-STYLE MAX SIREN

Luna Rossa comes to the big match with “new foils, new development on the sails and the ability to make new adjustments live on the mast,” the Team Director told. Also appreciable is the choice, as a true leader, to introduce himself at the press conference. Checco Bruni and James Spithill in these hours need to be protected and kept away from unnecessary stress. So Max, a bit Jose Mourinho-like, has been drawing all the attention to himself in recent days. He personally participated in the interviews(HERE you can review the live broadcast at Il Giornale della Coppa) with the various media and in the press conference, or at most he was helped by the other great “wise man” of the team, Vasco Vascotto. That’s right. Vasco and Max take the team on their shoulders, in these hours those who will have to go into the water must save every ounce of physical and mental energy because the confrontation will be unprecedented. Probably a brutal confrontation, with controversy and a long trail of “dross” that our people will have to get used to quickly by becoming impervious to what will happen off the boat.

The British after more than a second want to return to play for the America’s Cup, and Luna Rossa is the obstacle in their path. Luna Rossa wants to bring to fruition the discourse it started 21 years ago now, and Ineos is an obstacle in its path. Only one will remain, whoever wins will go on to challenge Team New Zealand. Those who lose will be only a vague memory in this Cup, of which they will remember little tomorrow. This is the law of the America’s Cup, a cruel, ruthless challenge. But for this the most fascinating challenge in the world of competitive sailing.

Mauro Giuffrè

Everything you need to know about the Prada Cup final, which will begin on Feb. 13 at 4 a.m. Italian time (live on Rai 2 and Sky Sports), we will tell you tomorrow at 1 p.m., live, in a super episode of The Cup Journal. With our Bacci Del Buono and Mauro Giuffrè will be Andrea Casale, Luca Bassani, Max Procopio, Federico Albano and Riccardo Ravagnan.

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