Luna Rossa Challenge

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Luna Rossa Challenge
Career
Yacht club:

2000, 2003, 2007 Yacht Club Italiano

2011 Circolo della Vela Sicilia
Established: 1999
Nation:  Italy
Team principal(s): Patrizio Bertelli
Skipper: Francesco de Angelis
Notable sailors: Torben Grael
Notable victories: Louis Vuitton Cup; 2000
Sail numbers: ITA-86, ITA-94

Luna Rossa Challenge (literally Red Moon Challenge, originally named Prada Challenge) is an Italian sailboat racing syndicate, created to compete for the 2000 America's Cup

Sponsored by Prada, and beginning from 2005 also by Telecom Italia.

2000 Louis Vuitton Cup[edit]

In 2000, the team won the 2000 Louis Vuitton Cup, eventually prevailing 5–4 against AmericaOne skippered by Paul Cayard in a tightly contested final, to become the challenger against Team New Zealand for the America's Cup but were subsequently defeated 5–0 in Auckland, New Zealand.

2003 Louis Vuitton Cup[edit]

In 2003 Luna Rossa competed in the 2003 Louis Vuitton Cup but were eliminated by OneWorld in the semi-finals.

2007 Louis Vuitton Cup[edit]

In 2007 Luna Rossa Challenge competed in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup and qualified for the finals, after a surprise 5–1 victory over BMW Oracle Racing. On 6 June 2007 Luna Rossa Challenge was beaten in the finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2007 by Emirates Team New Zealand after conceding 5 defeats and recording zero wins. It was the first time that the Louis Vuitton Cup had been won with a 5–0 scoreline.

Louis Vuitton Trophy[edit]

In 2009–2010, when the America Cup was in transition, the following events were held in supplied IACC Class Yachts competed in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series and in 2010 they joined the Louis Vuitton Trophy, competing in the La Maddalena event.

2011–2013 America's Cup World Series[edit]

Luna Rossa were last to enter the Americas Cup but brought two AC45 to get the team up to speed and compete in the newly developed America's Cup World Series. The boats called Luna Rossa Piranha and Swordfish were helmed by British sailors Chris Draper and Paul Campbell-James to get the team up to speed with multihulls but with a primarily Italian crew.

2013 Louis Vuitton Cup[edit]

In order to overcome the late start of the campaign a deal was signed with Team New Zealand to share information on the design of their AC72 catamarans.

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