Luna Rossa moves forward in its training program according to plan. In addition to technical and sports activities on the AC72, as well as testing sessions with the SL33, the crew is also race training on its two AC 45 catamarans “Luna Rossa Piranha” and “Luna Rossa Swordfish”.
In view of the upcoming races in Naples (April 16 – 21) the team has optimized roles on board and rotated some positions as per the crew list below:
- Chris Draper – Helmsman
- Alister Richardson – Wing trimmer
- Pierluigi de Felice – Trimmer
- David Carr – Floater
- Nick Hutton – Bowman
- Francesco Bruni – Helmsman
- Xabi Fernandez – Wing trimmer
- Max Sirena – Trimmer
- Manuel Modena – Floater
- Paul Campbell James – Bowman
“Probably the most surprising change relates to Paul Campbell-James who moves from the helm to take on the role of bowman” explains Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena. “But this proves what we have always sustained. There is no role that is more or less important; these boats require sailors who are competent in all roles and everyone needs to understand what’s happenin but above all to do whatever is needed on board. Which is why these catamarans are fun for the sailors, but it is also what makes them so challenging to sail.”
Throughout February the team will be focused on testing and development projects; next Thursday, February 7th, the AC72 will stop sailing for a week to undergo modifications and upgrades to both the wing and the platform.
The on-water activities will start again on February 14th , with two days of sea trials aimed to ensure that all of the modifications function correctly.
The team Luna Rossa will then resume racing against Emirates Team New Zealand, who will be sailing its second and newly-launched AC 72 catamaran.