Luna Rossa Loses Their Mast but not Their Minds

Another AC75 has crashed and burned, so to speak. A few days ago (it’s not clear to us exactly when) Luna Rossa dismasted while practicing off the coast of Marina di Capitana, Italy.

While we are not familiar with the intricacies of the foiling monohulls, we are fairly certain that this mast setup is not ideal.
© 2020 @lunarossachallenge

This was the message from the camp of the Luna Rossa Challenge after the mishap: “No team member was injured in the incident, with the mast, sails and rig immediately recovered by the sailors onboard with the help of the shore crew on the support RIBs,” the New Zealand Herald reported.

You don’t see America’s Cup boats with an emergency, jury-rigged sail very often. Should part of the regatta be held under these conditions? (You know where to send your letters.) It is not clear what exactly went wrong on Luna Rossa, but in our non-expert opinions, something surely did. Fortunately, no one was injured.
© 2020

“The teams are currently preparing for the first leg of the America’s Cup World Series, which gets underway in Cagliari, Sardinia, in late April,” The Herald continued. “It will be the first time teams race their AC75s in a competition setting and, while teams are expected to launch their second race boats later in the year, will give an indication as to where each team is at in preparations for the 2021 America’s Cup in Auckland.

Stay tuned for a World Series update in the February issue of Latitude 38.

1 Comment

  1. Ross Angel 2 months ago

    absolutely incredible yachts or shploilers,,,how bout absolutely incredible machines… to be officially named as a certain watercraft type later …meantime… absolutely awesome ‘machines’ to temporally be refrred to as an AC75 foiler

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