Finally, the long awaited news for all sailing enthusiasts: Luna Rossa returns to Cagliari. The announcement came from Auckland, from skipper Max Sirena, during the presentation of the new protocols for the America’s Cup 2021.

Cagliari, thanks to its temperate climate and sheltered waters allows for sailing throughout the year, will be the base for the preparation training for the next new challenge in 2021.

But this is not the only news announced by the Luna Rossa team that has chosen to make a major change: the abandonment of catamarans in favour of monohulls. The AC75, the boat that will compete in the Cup, will measure 75 feet and will be a jewel of innovation and high performance technology.

For the Rule of Class, we will have to wait until March 31st, 2018, but it will be possible to see a first plan at the end of November 2017.

The great return of the team certainly represents an important opportunity for the city of Cagliari, which will be again involved in the world’s largest sailing circuit and home to a Prada Cup.



Grant Dalton outlined the times and regulations of the next America’s Cup and explained how this protocol, with the aim of protecting tradition without losing the openness towards technological development, is the result of a negotiation with the Challenger of Record: Luna Rossa. Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa will continue to remain independent as in the 31st America’s Cup.

Among the most important news of the next edition of the Cup we find that a minimum of 20% or three crew members must be nationals of the country of the challenging Yacht Club and the rest of the crew must be present in the country for a minimum of 380 days in the two years between the 1st of September 2018 and the 31st of August 2020.

Each participant will be allowed to build two boats with laminated hulls in the country of origin of the team but the first boat can only be launched after March 31st, 2019 and the second after February 1st, 2020.

The two boats will not be able to sail together, but the Defender, who does not participate in the Prada Cup, will be able to train with both hulls during challenger’s selection races.

The races will be held in Auckland (New Zealand) in 2021 with the Prada Cup in January / February and the Final in March, while a series of preliminary races will be organized in 2019 and 2020 with the AC75 Class boats. These will end with the Christmas Regatta, to which all the challengers and the Defender will participate in December 2020.

In short, a rich program of novelty that will see Luna Rossa as the protagonist and the splendid city of Cagliari ready to welcome this prestigious team of champions.


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