As we told you here, the stated goal of the Prada Cup organizers is to return to the water on February 19th, restart the series of races (which see Luna Rossa ahead 4-0 over INEOS Team Uk, and finish it as per the regatta rules by February 24th.
While waiting for the resumption of the regattas, in the events pavilion of Milano Yachting Week – the Digital Boat Show we will discover one of the other secrets of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team’s flying AC75: the so-called “double mainsail” (or “soft wing”), mounted on the 26 meters mast.
To tell you how it works and why the double membrane system is more performing than a traditional mainsail, we turned to the person who probably knows it best. Pietro Sibello, a great sailor but above all… a Luna Rossa mainsailer! We will see how it is made, why there is no boom, where the team has “filed” to optimize the aerodynamics, and much more. Enjoy!
Born in Albenga in 1979, he approached sailing at the age of eight, and immediately began racing at high levels on Optimist and 470. In 1998, together with his brother, Pietro got on the 49er and, in the following four years, he became one of the strongest helmsmen in the world, winning a European Championship and gaining 3 bronze medals at the World Championships.
After the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympics, he qualifies Italy for the London 2012 Olympics. In the last two years he has also obtained excellent results in the Melges, Moth and GC32 classes. This is the second America’s Cup with Luna Rossa.