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FLYING FISH: Prada’s Luna Rossa Swordfish was the overall winner of the America’s Cup World Series in Naples, which ended on Sunday. Prada’s other AC-45 catamaran, the Luna Rossa Piranha, came in third place.
The Luna Rossa Swordfish, however, lost the last race of the four-day competition in the final quarter to Oracle Team USA, which was headed by Tom Slingsby.
“I was very pleased to see the team’s progress during its training period in New Zealand,” stated Patrizio Bertelli, team principal of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013. “I did appreciate the final result of these series, but I was especially pleased with [helmsman] Francesco Bruni’s start in the final match race.”
“I would like to thank the whole team for its effort and dedication during these races, until the last leg of the racing and both on board and ashore: They never give up,” stated Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena. “The result is encouraging: We were close to the perfect final and to the third place in the overall fleet race ranking with Chris Draper [Luna Rossa Piranha helmsman], who proved once again to be up to our expectations.”
Luna Rossa Swordfish and Luna Rossa Piranha are both gearing up for the Louis Vuitton Cup-Challenger Selection Series and the 34th America’s Cup events taking place in San Francisco in July.