Prada signs up British talent for America's Cup

Andy Hemmings to join $50m Italian challenge

Monday October 23rd 2000, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
The Italian Prada syndicate has signed up some top British talent for its assault on the next America's Cup. Amongst the international crew line-up, which includes big names like young Kiwi Gavin Brady, is Andy Hemmings. This will be Hemmings' first America's Cup campaign, coming from a background that includes two appearances in the Olympics in the 470 class, a long stint match racing with Chris Law, and most recently winning the Tour Voile as part of Adrian Stead's Barlo Plastics campaign.
Prada boasts an equally international line-up on the design front, with the team headed up by American Doug Peterson. From Britain are David Alan-Williams and Ian Howlett, the latter best known for his 12-metre designs for the British America's Cup campaigns of the 80s.

Patrizio Bertelli, CEO of the $50m syndicate, said, "Ours is a challenge of continuity. Since the end of the last America's Cup we have been working with the aim of improving certain areas and creating a team which will be able to sustain the work of the next two years. Starting in January we will be sailing again in New Zealand."

Commenting on the international flavour of the crew, Luna Rossa skipper Francesco de Angelis said, "We hired some non-Italian sailors since we have one year less to prepare than the last America's Cup. We thought this was the quickest way to improve the level of our team."

The Prada Team

Patrizio Bertelli - President and CEO

Sailing Team
Francesco de Angelis - Skipper
Alberto Barovier
Paolo Bassani
Lars Borgstrom
Gavin Brady
Daniele Bresciano
Thomas Burnham
Sean Clarkson
Pietro D'Alì
Rod Davis
Simone de Mari
Steve Erickson
Massimo Galli
Cristian Griggio
Andrew Hemmings
Michele Ivaldi
Albert Jacobsoone
Dario Malgarise
Lorenzo Mazza
Carter Perrin
Matteo Plazzi
Romolo Ranieri
Piero Romeo
Massimiliano Sirena

Design Team:
Doug Peterson - Design Director
David Alan-Williams
Andrea Avaldi
William Brooks
Miguel Costa
David Egan
Scott Ferguson
Ian Howlett
Michel Kermarec
Juan Kouyoumdjian
Jed Lowry
Claudio Maletto
Paolo Periotto
Bruce Sutphen

Sail Design Team:
Alessandro Benigni
Steve Calder
Guido Cavalazzi

Operations Team:
Laurent Esquier - Operations Manager
Antonio Marrai - Logistics and Services Manager
Flavia Pischedda - Sail Loft Manager
Lorenzo Puccini - Boatyard Director
Vittore Vattuone - Shore Team Manager

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