Luna Rossa’s “exoduses”. After Bruni, it’s Sirena’s turn


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With the sinking of the Luna Rossa project, the brain drain has begun. After Francesco Bruni joined the stable of the Swedes of Artemis Racing, now it is the turn of Max Sirena. Luna Rossa’s skipper, Patrizio Bertelli’s loyalist, will race for the Kiwis. He said he was going to take a break, Sirena, but it didn’t last long; away from sailing he can’t stay. And indeed confirmation has come that he will join the management (with technical and sporting expertise) of Team New Zealand, alongside Grant Dalton. To try to snatch the Cup from the Americans.

“It’s a discourse that was opened a few months ago,” Sirena told Fabio Pozzo of La Stampa, “but at first I wasn’t so decided. Grant Dalton (the neozed general manager, a monster of the America’s Cup, ed.) knew how to wait. I took my time, got the okay from Patrizio Bertelli (Luna Rossa’s owner, ed.) and dissolved the reservation. I also did it because of the friendly relations between the two teams, which have been incurring for quite some time. Right now, I wouldn’t have gone with anyone else. Team New Zealand is the only alternative to Luna Rossa for me.”

And Sirena is still not over his anger over how Team Prada was, in his words, removed from the Cup: “I’m still too pissed off about the dirty deeds they did against Luna Rossa and against the sport of sailing, I really want to do everything to take it away from them (from the Americans of Oracle, ed.). Team New Zealand can do it, they are already on track for a long time and they are very strong.”

But he does not rule out a return of the Italian union: “Luna Rossa is not dead, we did not have any funeral. We decided to withdraw in the face of conditions that had become unacceptable. If something changes, it is not certain that it cannot be returned. But they really have to change things.That is to say, Team New Zealand has to win the America’s Cup.”



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