Francesco Bruni on the 35th America's Cup

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Luna Rossa ace shares his views
Last week Francesco Bruni was taking time out from multihull-related aspects of the Luna Rossa campaign for the 35th America’s Cup to get some race training in, competing at the second event in the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Stena Match Cup Sweden. After a dismal performance at the Tour's season opener, Match Race Germany last month, which he puts down to being out of tune with the Bavarias used at that typically light wind event, Bruni was out for blood. In Sweden he was beaten just once in the Round Robin (aka Qualifying), by Ian Williams' GAC Pindar crew, the two teams the stand-out performers of the opening stage of the regatta, finishing four points clear of their rivals. After sauntering through the Quarter Finals, Williams surprisingly picked him as his opponent in the semi-finals and finally dispatched him 3-1. Bruni felt he had been somewhat unlucky in this, losing one race on a penalty during a dial-down, while in the final race, the Italians won the start only for their port hand primary to break. Meanwhile… back at their base in Cagliari in the south of Sardinia, the Luna Rossa team is now up to around 80% strength in terms of its personnel, says Bruni, who - although it is far from confirmed - is widely tipped to be helmsman of the team’s AC62, come the 35th America’s Cup. While he was away in Sweden, the team launched the first of its two AC45s, both modified with lifting foils, that they will use as platforms for foil development prior to committing to their AC62 appendages. The re-equipped AC45 has already been out sailing. “The first time that the boat was out was very promising with no big problems,” says Bruni. “They had a good sea breeze of 15 knots and everything was