While waiting for the Prada Cup to start again, after the stop due to the New Zealand “mini lockdown”, we take the opportunity to go over the fundamentals. An exceptional professor, Mario Caponnetto, explains how Luna Rossa flies. How do you design a flying boat? What happens above, what happens below? We talked about it directly with the CFD (Computational Fluid Design) Leader of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team. What, in a nutshell, makes it fly!
WHO IS MARIO CAPONNETTO
Mario, born in Genoa in 1961, has a degree in Naval and Mechanical Engineering. An excellent sailor, he has achieved important results on both dinghies and IMS boats. His first experience in the America’s Cup was during the challenge of Il Moro di Venezia as responsible for CFD and naval tank tests. For many years he worked as a researcher first at the University of Genoa and then at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). He was part of the Luna Rossa team from 2004 to 2007 and then became a member of the Oracle team from 2007 to 2013, with which he won two America’s Cups, and of BAR in 2017. He is co-founder of the Caponnetto-Hueber company.