America’s Cup: Luna Rossa going strong in Barcelona. PHOTOS

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Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli in training in Barcelona. Recon Photos

The start of the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup is just over two months away; in fact, challenger selection will begin on August 29, after the final preliminary races scheduled from the 22nd. Team bases are buzzing in Barcelona, and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli is in the midst of its preparations.

The Italian team works as usual making little noise, with essential communication and trying to concentrate on the water on the new AC 75 under development. New appendages have been tested for weeks now, not only foils but also new features on the rudder. The foils were also tested in a slightly asymmetric mode, with small differences in volume from one to the other, to try to understand what the optimal compromise between lift and hydrodynamics might be.

Luna Rossa – how are the trainings going

Lunna Rossa Prada Pirelli. Recon Photos

From the official reports of Recon spies Luna Rossa is one of the teams that has been “cleaner” in training, even in winds over 20 knots, with fewer technical glitches during testing, showing the usual cleanliness even aesthetics on the sails, the latter element that had also emerged in the last America’s Cup in Auckland. These are certainly positive signs, because the team having no hiccups at sea maximizes its training hours and the quality of them, while advancing the development of the medium.

However, it is difficult to talk about performance advantages without a true comparison, within a race course. There have been many crossings between AC 75s in Barcelona, but Protocol prohibits sailing side by side for more than 20 seconds, so it is impossible to make a real comparison on the actual speeds of the boats.

The foils of
Lunna Rossa Prada Pirelli. Recon Photos

Interesting as always to see the rotations at Luna Rossa’s helm: the two helmsmen who have accumulated the most hours are James Spithill and Francesco Bruni, the starters of the last Cup, followed by Marco Gradoni and Ruggero Tita. The latter is alternating between the final phase of preparation for the Paris Olympics, Marseille for sailing, and the America’s Cup. Whenever he can Tita jumps on the AC 75, but will these training hours be enough to see him at the helm of Luna Rossa?

Mauro Giuffrè

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