Saving it all til last

Chris Cameron / Emirates Team New Zealand
Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena brings us up to speed with the Italian AC challenge
With three challenges under its belt dating back to 2000, Luna Rossa has made some good decisions with their latest campaign for the 34th America’s Cup. Perhaps their smart move was in trying to jump start their campaign, to make up for their late entry, by entering into a deal to buy Emirates Team New Zealand’s technology, effectively ending up with what is at present a near sistership to the Kiwi’s first AC72. The Italian team’s AC72 was launched in Auckland at the end of October after her hulls were built in Italy (as required by the AC Deed of Gift/AC34 Protocol). Much of the rest of the fantastic-looking red/mirror finished catamaran was constructed in New Zealand where Luna Rossa has its training base over the northern hemisphere winter. Last week, Luna Rossa completed the Auckland phase of its campaign for the 34th America’s Cup. For the Italian team the America’s Cup World Series regatta in Naples, taking place in three week’s time, is all-important and they are using this opportunity as a punctuation mark in their campaign, to decamp from New Zealand, shipping all their gear across the Pacific, readey to set up shop again in San Francisco. The team’s ultimate base at the venue for the 34th America Cup, by the Bay Bridge at Pier 32, won’t be ready until June, so in the interim Luna Rossa will be establishing itself temporarily at the opposite end of the Bay Bridge in Alameda (near Artemis Racing). The aim is to be sailing again by 8-10 May, however before this the team is also taking the opportunity to carry out major work on their AC72 with modifications being made both before she departs Auckland and when she arrives in the USA. As Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena states of what will be