Luna Rossa Challenge

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Luna Rossa Challenge
Yacht club  Yacht Club Punta Ala (1997–2003)
 Yacht Club Italiano (2003–2007)
 Circolo della Vela Sicilia (2007–)
Established 1997
Nation  Italy
Team principal(s) Patrizio Bertelli
Skipper Francesco de Angelis
Notable sailors Torben Grael
Notable victories 2000 Louis Vuitton Cup
2011 Extreme Sailing Series
Sail no. Boat name
ITA–86 ITA 86
ITA–94 ITA 94
AC72 Luna Rossa sailing in San Francisco Bay waters during 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup finals

Luna Rossa Challenge (Italian: literally, Red Moon Challenge), originally named Prada Challenge, is an Italian sailboat racing syndicate first created to compete for the 2000 America's Cup. The team has won the Louis Vuitton Cup once, in 2000, and therefore was the Challenger for the final America's Cup race against the defending champion team, losing to Team New Zealand. It is sponsored by Prada, and from 2005 also by Telecom Italia.

On 26 June 2017, Grant Dalton announced Luna Rossa were the Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup.

2000 Louis Vuitton Cup[edit]

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 2000 America's Cup. The team lost to the defending Team New Zealand 5–0 in Auckland, New Zealand.

2003 Louis Vuitton Cup[edit]

In 2003 Luna Rossa competed in the 2003 Louis Vuitton Cup to be the Challenger in the 2003 America's 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 to be the Challenger in the 2007 America's Cup and qualified for the finals of the challenger series, 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 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 5–0.

Louis Vuitton Trophy[edit]

In 2009–2010, when the America Cup was in transition[clarification needed], the International America's Cup 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 2013 America's 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.

2017 Louis Vuitton Cup[edit]

The team withdrew from the 2017 Louis Vuitton Cup and therefore from the 2017 America's Cup after a dispute over a change in the rules.

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