Life after Luna Rossa


This week Chris Draper has been doing sterling work on a GC32
Chris Draper this week is standing in for absentee helmsman Flavio Marazzi on board the ARMIN STROM Sailing Team GC32 at the Marseille Test Event for the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour. Having the opportunity to do this would have been unimaginable just a few weeks ago, but since then Patrizio Bertelli has announced the withdrawal of Luna Rossa from the 35th America’s Cup and Draper – along with the former Italian challenger’s 80 or so other staff – finds himself now with more time on his hands… “It was a big shock to us all,” admits the British 49er Olympic medallist. “It was obviously very disappointing for all of us, but, understandably, Patrizio was very unhappy about the situation. It was a great shame, because we were in a very good position and we had changed the feeling within Luna Rossa from being a 'competitive' team into a 'winning' team. We were really doing some lovely work and the design team was working fantastically together - you’d regular hear them say ‘this is the best design team I’ve ever worked in’. The sailing team had great confidence in them and we had a great shore team as well. So we had everything we needed and it was such a shame to throw that away. But at the same time it was about Patrizio and about him being happy. He has been doing it for a long time and he runs a massive company. He has to do what is right by them.” Traditionally Luna Rossa has always been slow out of the blocks with its Cup campaigns. For the 34th America’s Cup it joined forces with Emirates Team New Zealand, buying the Kiwi technology package and building a boat that a sistership to the first ETNZ AC72. However for the

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