America's Cup- Kiwi World Champion signs with Italians
by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz on 14 Mar 2014
New Zealand's Adam Minoprio, the 2010 World Match Racing Champion, has signed with the Italian Luna Rossa team for the 2017 America's Cup.
Adam Minoprio, Team Alpari FX, at the Argo Group Gold Cup, Bermuda, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. © OnEdition / WMRT http://wmrt.com/
The former New Zealand Sailor of the Year, competed in the 2010/11 Volvo Ocean Race, as part of the crew of Camper, managed by Emirates Team New Zealand, but did not transfer over to the team's America's Cup program after the conclusion of that race.
Last year Minoprio returned to the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, skippering Team Alpari FX, with many of his former Blackmatch Racing crew sailing with him.
In 2010, Minoprio and Blackmatch Racing became the youngest World Champion ever on the World Match Racing Tour. He spent six years on the World Match Racing Tour, before electing to joing Emirates Team NZ in the Volvo Ocean Race program in March 2011, as a helmsman/trimmer
Blackmatch grew out of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Youth training program and set the lead for several other young NZ teams to make their mark on the World Match Racing Tour. One of those, Phil Robertson, Waka Racing was awarded a Tour Card for the 2014 Alpari MRT.
Luna Rossa's Francesco Bruni was also awarded a Tour Card for 2014, and it would be an obvious move for Minoprio to bring his match racing talents into that crew.