America's Cup launch update


Prada's new Luna Rossa is the latest ACC boat to get her sail number allocation
America's Cup Class Technical Director Ken McAlpine has allotted sail number 80 to the second new Luna Rossa that Team Prada has currently under construction in their boatyard in Grosseto, Italy. The team will shortly recommence activity in the operations base in Punta Ala. The launch of the first new Luna Rossa ITA 74, the first new ACC boat of the team, is scheduled at the end of May. Meanwhile there have been a spate of launches by the America's Cup class challengers. Aside from the high profile launch of Peter Harrison's Wight Lightning - GBR70 in the UK, Alinghi have their new SUI-64, Victory Challenge Orn SWE-63, Stars & Stripes USA-66 and then there are the two new boats from OneWorld - USA-65 and USA-67. The next new boat to be launched will be ITA-72 of the other Italian syndicate Mascalzone Latino this weekend in Naples The two new boats from Team New Zealand will not be launched until later in the year - one of the advantages of not having to defend the America's Cup until 15 February 2003 (while the challenger series starts on 1 October 2002). Construction began at Cookson of the first Team New Zealand boat in mid-April and her launch is expected mid-August. The second boat is expected to be started in early June. So this makes the line up of new generation ACC boats look as follows: Sail no: Name/challenger Status SWE-63 Orn - Victory Challenge Launched Dec 2001 SUI-64 Alinghi Launched Nov 2001 USA-65 One World Launched April 2002 USA-66 Stars & Stripes Launched Jan 2002 USA-67 One World Launched April 2002 GER-68 illbruck Withdrawn FRA-69 Le Defi Areva Launched GBR-70 Wight Lightning - GBR Challenge Launching mid-June USA-71 Oracle Racing Launching June ITA-72 Mascalzone Latino Launching June SWE-73 Victory Challenge Launching June ITA-74 Luna Rossa Prada Launching May SUI-75 Alinghi Launching August USA-76 Oracle Racing Launching June USA-77 Stars & Stripes Launching June GBR-78 GBR Challenge Launching spring 2003 FRA-79 Le Defi Areva Revamped FRA-46 ITA-80 Luna Rossa - Prada TBA NZL-?? Team New Zealand Launching Sept NZL-?? Team New Zealand Launching Oct?

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