Luna Rossa Challenge
|Luna Rossa Challenge|
|Yacht club||Yacht Club Italiano (1999–2007)
Circolo della Vela Sicilia (2011–)
|Team principal(s)||Patrizio Bertelli|
|Skipper||Francesco de Angelis|
|Notable sailors||Torben Grael|
|Notable victories||2000 Louis Vuitton Cup|
|Sail no.||Boat name|
Luna Rossa Challenge (Italian: literally, Red Moon Challenge) was originally named Prada Challenge and is an Italian sailboat racing syndicate, created to compete for the 2000 America's Cup. It was sponsored by Prada, and beginning from 2005 also by Telecom Italia.
2000 Louis Vuitton Cup
In 2000, the team won the 2000 Louis Vuitton Cup, eventually prevailing 5–4 against AmericaOne (the latter skippered by Paul Cayard) in a tightly contested final, qualified as a challenger in the America's Cup against Team New Zealand; they were defeated 5–0 in Auckland, New Zealand.
2003 Louis Vuitton Cup
In 2003 Luna Rossa competed in the 2003 Louis Vuitton Cup but were eliminated by OneWorld in the semi-finals.
2007 Louis Vuitton Cup
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
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
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
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.