Torben Grael and the uncertain future of Luna Rossa

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Antonio Marrai on the future of Luna Rossa, while Torben Grael discusses AC, TP52s and his Star sailing
Luna Rossa’s participation in the 34th America’s Cup appears to be up in the air again, amid rumours that Team Principal, Prada’s Patricio Bertelli has pulled the plug on the campaign. According to Luna Rossa Team Manager Antonio Marrai, the rumours may be true, but in reality no official decision has been made about their America’s Cup campaign, due to there still being no concrete information about the event itself. “I think everyone has to know the venue,” Marrai told thedailysail. “The main problem for the America’s Cup, if you have your sponsors or if you are looking for sponsors, is to know the rules – the when and where. Otherwise you won’t get a sponsor.” What had been decided is that at present Luna Rossa won’t be participating at any more Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas. The team competed in La Maddalena, but Marrai says they weren’t impressed that the two boats broken during a collision weren’t fixed during the event. But the issue again is uncertainty over whether or not the Louis Vuitton Trophy events are anything to do with the 34th America’s Cup. As he puts it: “if it is just a show we are not interested.” Luna Rossa tactician Torben Grael says that the WSTA were a little lucky in La Maddalena. “The boats were broken and the weather wasn’t 100%...although it is a windy place, we might have lost a few races for wind, but we lost a lot of days through light air, which is not very usual and then we lost the two boats which delayed the whole thing.” Grael agrees when we put it to him that the Version 5 can’t take the kind of hard use and abuse that they see in the Louis Vuitton Trophy events. “Especially because they weren’t 100% already for