Francesco Bruni back on one hull

Photo: Abner Kingman / ACEA
Luna Rossa's AC72 tactician contemplates the America's Cup
Francesco Bruni, Italian Olympian (Laser, 49er and Star), and most recently Chris Draper's tactician on the Luna Rossa AC72 is in Bermuda this week competing at the Alpari World Match Racing Tour's Argo Group Gold Cup. Tthe ancient long keel International One Designs used at the competition are a far cry from the wing-powered foil assisted catamarans he has been used to over the last year. But nonetheless Bruni is here fielding with Luna Rossa crew, all of whom were on board the Italian AC72 in San Francisco, including Spanish 49er Olympic medallist turned round the world sailor, Xabi Fernandez, Britain’s own son Nick Hutton and Pierluigi de Felice. With Luna Rossa Team Principal Patrizio Bertelli indicating his desire to press ahead with a campaign for the 35th America’s Cup, it makes sense to keep the staff sharp – hence the Italian team’s presence in Bermuda, something they decided upon soon after they lost in the Louis Vuitton Cup final to Emirates Team New Zealand. “Match racing is always going to be part of the America’s Cup, regardless of the type of boats you sail in,” argues Bruni. “Obviously the last America’s Cup didn’t give a lot of opportunity for boat-on-boat, hard match racing, but there were still some interesting moments. I think if two boats have similar speeds, then the match racing side is important, regardless of if they do 6 knots or 36 knots.” While Argo Group Gold Cup is Ben Ainslie's first regatta since winning the America’s Cup, Luna Rossa's earlier depart from San Francisco allowed Bruni time to shoehorn in some regattas back in Europe. He was back with the Azzurra TP52 for the final 52 Super Series event in Porto Cervo and then sidled down the road to the Melges 32 Worlds where he was sailing with Deneen Demourkas