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Green Comm gets Italian

Region of Lombardy come on board with America's Cup challenger

Thursday December 22nd 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy

In addition to its backing from the Valencia region of Spain, Green Comm Racing has secured the support of the Lombardy Region in Italy in promoting the first European Challenge for the 34th America’s Cup. This was announced today by key members of the Lombardy Region, the President of the Real Club Nautico de Valencia, Manuel Pons, the President of Circolo Vela Gargnano, Lorenzo Rizzardi, Green Comm Racing and its Executive Chairman, Francesco De Leo.

The Region of Lombardy, Italy’s industrial and technological heartland, and one of Europe’s most dynamic regions, has teamed up with Green Comm Racing to launch the first America’s Cup challenge which aims at tapping the innovation and research capabilities of two nations, Italy and Spain, by promoting a global sustainability agenda.

Green Comm Racing and the Real Club Nautico de Valencia have joined forces with the Circolo Vela Gargnano to reinforce the ties between Italy and Spain, in the first European Challenge in the history of the America’s Cup.

With a budget of 54 million Euros for its 34th America’s Cup campaign, Green Comm Racing is now working on the development of its AC72 wingsail catamaran, which will be launched in San Francisco at the beginning of 2013.

The new class of AC72s combine state of the art technology, science and research. The Region of Lombardy is one of the leading innovation hubs in the world, with a tradition of technological excellence and entrepreneurship, which spans across a number of scientific domains which are keys to building up a successful America’s Cup campaign. Among them:

- Advanced materials
- Yacht design and construction
- Electronic and sensors
- E-health
- Sustainability and renewable energy

Green Comm Racing is also planning to field the youngest team ever to compete in the America’s Cup, engaging a new generation of European athletes, selected mainly from Olympic classes, along with a new generation of young European experts, who bring together the latest breakthroughs in technology and innovation to promote sustainability across the world.

Commenting on the launch, Francesco De Leo, Executive Chairman of Green Comm Racing, said: “We are delighted and proud to have been chosen by one of Europe’s most dynamic regions to tap and enhance the entrepreneurial spirit, the technological prowess and the athletic excellence of a new generation of Europeans.

"Promoting the values of sustainability is not an issue relegated to one single country or region of the world. We are not just Italian, Spanish, or French. We are first and foremost Europeans and we need to inspire and engage the new generation to take charge in addressing one of the most critical challenges of our times: climate change and sustainability.

"The America’s Cup with its innovative format and its focus on pushing the edge of technology and innovation is the best platform and test ground for new talents and opens up the opportunity to engage a young and dynamic global audience by sharing the journey towards a more sustainable planet.

"San Francisco and the Bay Area are the most iconic venues for a world class event, such as the New America’s Cup: California is The Hub for innovation in green tech and the ties to Lombardy, Valencia and Europe will be greatly enhanced by reaching out to a new generation of young entrepreneurs which are feeling at home across both sides of the Atlantic.

"In the end, the New America’s Cup is not just a next generation, top class sport event: this time, more than ever, it will inspire and ignite a new wave of innovation, with an enduring impact on our progress towards a more sustainable world.

"It’s time for Europe to come together to address the challenge of building on each other’s strengths, and rebuilding trust across diverse constituencies: sport can play a role, and the America’s Cup provides a great opportunity to reach out to a new generation of young Europeans."

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