Luna Rossa AC72 Launch

Luna Rossa's AC72 was launched on Oct. 26, 2012, in Waitemata Harbor in Auckland, New Zealand. The hulls of the Italian challenger were built at the Persico Marine facility in Northern Italy. Most of the components, including the 130-foot tall wing sail, were built in New Zealand. Skipper Max Sirena commented in an article on americascup.com: "We will not go out sailing in 25 knots on day one," he said. "In the

The America's Cup
Fireworks light up the sky for Luna Rossa's launch.LUNA ROSSA/Carlo Borlenghi
Miuccia Prada christens Luna Rossa
Miuccia Prada christens Luna RossaLUNA ROSSA/Nigel Marple
Patrizio Bertelli and Grant Dalton
Patrizio Bertelli (left) and Grant DaltonLUNA ROSSA/Nigel Marple
Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena
Luna Rossa skipper Max SirenaLUNA ROSSA/Nigel Marple
the America's Cup
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The Luna Rossa Challenge team in front if its first AC72.LUNA ROSSA/Carlo Borlenghi