Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli win the Prada Cup
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli is the winner of the Prada Cup and thus won the status of the challenger of the Team New Zealand, which will be fought in New Zealand waters for the 36th America's Cup from March 6 to 21. Luna Rossa will fight for America’s Cup for the second time. In their first participation in 2000, Team New Zealand won 5-0 and then won the first of its three titles.
In the continuation of the Prada Cup final, after securing a 4-0 lead in the first two days, the Italian crew with experienced Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill routinely reached the seventh point (7-1) against the British INEOS Team UK, which was led by the legendary sir Ben Ainslie. Interestingly, Ainslie and Spithill were members of the Oracle Team USA crew, which made an incredible turnaround in 2013 and won the America’s Cup against Team New Zealand who led 8-1 in wins but eventually lost 8-9.
“We kept the mistakes down, stayed calm, made good decisions and the boat did the job.” said co-helmsman Jimmy Spithill.
“Pretty good day at the office,” he then said when asked on TV how he felt, clearly struggling to shake off the understated approach that had served them through the Final.
Francesco Bruni was now less reserved.
“Fantastico!” he yelled into the camera, “It’s a great day for us and for Luna Rossa and it’s a great day for Italy. It was a tough Final and we are in for a very good fight in the America’s Cup.”
Sir Ben Ainslie, INEOS TEAM UK Skipper & Team Principal congratulated his opponents:
“Well done to Luna Rossa and well done to Italy. It’s a big deal in Italy to get into the America’s Cup again. So congratulations to the team, to Jimmy and Checco and all the boys, they sailed brilliantly and deserve to take the Final. Hats off to them we are obviously disappointed we didn’t get through but we are to go away, back on the drawing board and see what we can do.”