Please select your home edition
Edition
Windtbot-COACH-720x90

Prada + OneWorld = Luna Rossa Challenge

by Cup in Europe on 26 Sep 2004
Luna Rossa, which finished second in 1999 and failed to qualify for the finals in 2003, has budgeted €85 million for the next America’s Cup Challenge.

Marco Tronchetti Provera, chairman of Telecom Italia and an avid sailor, announced at a press conference in the port city of Genoa that Italy's largest telephone company would support the Luna Rossa challenge by acquiring 49 per cent of the team from Prada.

The terms of the Telecom Italia investment were not disclosed, but it was known that the Italian telephone company would also pay an undisclosed sum as commercial sponsor to display its logos on Luna Rossa's sails. Prada's logo will be displayed on the boat hull.

Meanwhile, Francesco De Angelis, the technical director of team Luna Rossa who skippered the Prada challenge in the two last America's Cup regattas, announced James Spithill's appointment as Helmsman

The 24-year-old Australian, arrived in Italy with some of his former OneWorld Challenge's teammates.

Management:

- Carlo Corce, president (ITA)

- Marco Tronchetti Provera (ITA)

- Patrizio Bertelli (ITA, Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Giancarlo Rocco di Torrepadula (ITA)

- Marco Piccinini (ITA)

- Giacomo Ovidi, General Manager (ITA, Prada
2003)

- Anthony Romano, General Manager (ITA).

Sailing Team:

- Francesco de Angelis, skipper (ITA, Prada 2000 et 2003)

- James Spithill, helmsman (AUS, Young Australia 2000, OneWorld 2003)

- Charlie McKee, tactician (USA, OneWorld 2003)

- Michele Ivaldi, navigator (ITA, Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Matteo Plazzi, navigator (ITA,Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Steve Erickson, afterguard & operational manager (USA, Golden Gate Challenge 1987, Il Moro 1992, Stars and Stripes 1995, Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Francesco Bruni, afterguard (ITA, Prada 2003)

- Marco Mercuriali, Coach (ITA, Azzurra 1983, Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Grant Spanhake, sail coord. & sail design liaison (USA, Young America 2000, OneWorld 2003)

- Joe Newton, mainsail trimmer (AUS, Young Australia 2000, OneWorld 2003)

- Tatsuya Wakinaga, trimmer, sail vision (JPN, Nippon challenge 95 & 2000, Oneworld 2003)

- Ben Durham, trimmer (AUS, Young Australia 2000, OneWorld 2003)

- Jonathan McKee, trimmer (USA, OneWorld 2003)

- Andrew Taylor, grinder (NZL, Team NZ 95 & 2000, OneWorld 2003)

- Gilberto Nobili, grinder , (ITA, Prada 2003)

- Magnus Anguston, grinder (SWE, Victory Challenge 2003)

- Romolo Ranieri, grinder, (ITA, Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Emanuale Marino, grinder, (ITA, Prada 2003)

- Vernon Neville, grinder, preparateur athlétique (NZL, Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Simone de Mari , grinder, mastman (ITA, Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Massimo Gherarducci, grinder, mastman (ITA, Prada 2003)

- Thomas Burnham, Pitman (USA, Young America 2000, Prada 2003)

- Alan Smith - Pitman (AUS, One Australia 95, Prada 2000, OneWorld 2003)

- Massimiliano Sirena, Mid bowman, (ITA, Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Paolo Bassani, Bowman (ITA, Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Andy Fethers - Bowman (AUS, Young Australia 2000, OneWorld 2003).

Design Team:
- Bruce Nelson, yacht designer (USA, Young America 95, America One 2000, OneWorld 2003)

- Roberto Biscontini, yacht Designer (ITA, Azzurra 1987, Il Moro 92, Young America 1995 et 2000, Oracle 2003)

- Claudio Maletto, yacht designer (ITA, Il Moro 92, Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Miguel Costa, technical coordinator & deck designer (ARG, Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Winfried M. Feifel, appendages design manager (USA, AmericaOne 2000, OneWorld 2003)

- Guido Cavalazzi, sail design manager (ITA, Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Scott Ferguson, mast design manager (USA, Team DC 1995, Young America 2000, Prada 2003)

- Giorgio Provinciali, tank testing manager (ITA, Prada 2003)

- Mario Caponnetto, performance analyse manager (ITA, Il Moro 92)

- Ian Campbell, tank testing (GBR, GBR Challenge 2003)

- Evan Spong - Performance Analyst (AUS)

- Andrea Avaldi - Structural Design (ITA, Prada 2000 & 2003)

- Luca Donna - Structural Design (ITA, Prada 2003)

- Paolo Periotto - Development coordinator (ITA, Prada 2003)

- Henrik Soderlund - sail designer (DEN, Le Défi 2003)

Administation/shore team:

- Bruno Finzi, public relations (ITA)

- Paolo Martinoni, communication manager (ITA)

- Antonio Marrai, logistic & shore team manager (ITA, Prada 2003)

- Richard Gilles, boat building manager (Desafio 2000, Oracle 2003).
Boat Books Australia FOOTERMackay BoatsPredictWind.com 2014

Related Articles

Six RS21s line up at the San Diego NOOD Regatta
The six RS21s, now named the '6 pack', battled it out Sail22 unloaded the six boats from a 40ft container and set to work rigging the charter fleet. On Thursday afternoon, six teams arrived and received a briefing on the new one design fleet before beginning a training session on the water.
Posted today at 2:00 pm
New women's class in the Copa del Rey MAPFRE
For the very first time in history the Copa del Rey MAPFRE will have an all-female winning team Following the recent announcement of the new classification system, a new Women's Class will also be added to the 38th edition, with the aim of reinforcing female participation in the sport of sailing
Posted today at 11:38 am
Collinson FX: March 20 - Oz house price slide
The Dollar was soft, with the AUD trading just below 0.7100, while the NZD pushed up to 0.6850. The RBA minutes revealed threats to the Australian economy thus ensuring a dovish, balanced monetary policy. The RBA took note of sliding House Prices (further exemplified in the latest data) which is hurting consumer spending,
Posted today at 9:30 am
Harken Young 88 Nationals: Raging Hormones wins
Andrew Wills and his team on board Raging Hormones win 2019 Harken Young 88 Nationals Andrew Wills and his team on board Raging Hormones have risen above a bumper sixteen boat fleet to win the 2019 Harken Young 88 National Championships in Auckland over the weekend.
Posted today at 7:58 am
Open Day on 70ft cruising sloop this Sunday
Are you are looking to head off on a major cruise, or wish to downsize to a floating apartment? Are you are looking to step out of the fast lane, and head off on a major cruise offshore? Or are you interested in downsizing and acquiring live aboard accommodation? Take the opportunity to see SV "Silver Fern" this Sunday at Marsden Cove.
Posted today at 5:54 am
Back to back wins in Two Handed Round NZ Race
Titanium co-skippers Bellingham and Skinner won the double for Legs 2 and 4 Line honours winner Titanium crossed the finish line 25 days after starting the SSANZ Two Handed Round New Zealand race. An overall elapsed time for the four legs of 13 days, 22 hours was enough for Titanium to also win overall handicap honours.
Posted today at 5:10 am
Olympics 2024: Singlehander Trials conclude
Kontides wins 2024 Olympic single-hander equipment trials in Valencia Grand finale for the Olympic Trials in Valencia. The fourth and final day of testing at sea has reserved
Posted today at 4:13 am
Time starts drawing thin for Cup teams
While 2021 might still seem like a long way off... While the sailing world has been distracted by Caribbean regattas and the unsavory revelation that Stanford University's former sailing coach has pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges, the 36th America's Cup is quietly hoving into view.
Posted on 19 Mar
All purpose G1 Sailing Gloves from Zhik
The latest addition to Zhik's growing range of performance sailing gloves The latest addition to Zhik's growing range of performance sailing gloves. Zhik's G1 Gloves are intended for the sailing enthusiast, warm weather and general protection.
Posted on 19 Mar
LBYC Ficker Cup:Gateway to greatness
Gateway to greatness If the Congressional Cup is the gateway to the America's Cup, the Ficker Cup is the gateway to the Congressional Cup.
Posted on 19 Mar