20 May 2013

America's Cup: Italian team Luna Rossa defies Cup officials - practices sailing on the Bay

Luna Rossa Press Conference Alameda (Published on May 17, 2013)

America's Cup: Italian team Luna Rossa defies cup officials and sets sail in its first practice in bay - San Jose Mercury News: "Defying a request from an America's Cup safety review committee to suspend training for a week, the Italian challenger Luna Rossa tested the waters anyway, setting sail on the San Francisco Bay on Saturday on its 72-foot catamaran. While the three-hour practice was important to test its safety measures and maneuvers, skipper Max Sirena said in a statement that "the really significant aspect was psychological. It was important for the crew to resume sailing on the AC72 and to get back into its normal training mode to prepare for the upcoming races." Luna Rossa's first sail came more than a week after a crewman on Sweden's Artemis Racing team was killed when its AC72 capsized in the middle of the bay. The tragedy threw the America's Cup regatta, slated to begin in July, into confusion. Rumors swirled that some competitors may pull out because the boats designed specifically for the regatta were overpowered by its towering main sail. . . ." (read more at link above)

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