CLAMOROSO Luna Rossa disalberates in training in Cagliari


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The AC75 Luna Rossa during a training session in about 20-25 knots of wind dismasted in Cagliari, base camp for the team preparing for the America’s Cup in 2021. As of yet, there are no technical details about the incident. However, it is confirmed to us from official team sources that none of the sailors on board were injured in the accident.


“This, too, can happen. If you don’t go to the top, you will never know your limits.
This afternoon during a training session a few miles from Marina di Capitana, the AC75 “Luna Rossa” dismasted. No team members were injured in the accident. The mast, sails and all equipment were immediately recovered by the boys on board, assisted by the shore team’s dinghies. The whole team is already working to get back on the water as soon as possible and resume training ahead of the first leg of the America’s Cup World Series to be held in Cagliari from April 23 to 26.”


It happens, and it is better that it happens today than when the regattas will weigh more. It happened to the first Luna Rossa during the semi-finals of the 2000 Louis Vuitton Cup, when in a race against America One she gave out one of the shrouds causing the mast to collapse, and the accident did not prevent Luna from winning the challenger cup. It happened today in Cagliari, in conditions not prohibitive but still with a sustained W-SW wind, when the first official regatta is just under 3 months away. What setbacks might this event have for Luna Rossa? In the immediate term, it will turn into a delay in preparation because of the obligatory days off at the ground while waiting for repairs to the mast, which appears to have given way at the base and will not necessarily be replaced. This is not good news of course in view of the first regattas scheduled for April 23-26, but the real Cup is still more than a year and a half away, and mishaps are to be reckoned with. In the long run, it will be more information for the design team and Luna Rossa sailors who have found a criticality useful for future developments of the craft and especially the second boat.

Mauro Giuffrè


*Article being updated*



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