MILAN – Patrizio Bertelli is saying “yes” to another America’s Cup.
The Prada chief’s team Luna Rossa will take part in the next edition of the prestigious sailing race. “This is only a starting point,” said a Luna Rossa Challenge spokesman. “We will now start to build the team and define with the defender the rules, the boats and the number of regattas.” The location and the dates of the next America’s Cup, the 36th, are still to be confirmed.
“The America’s Cup is a challenge between yacht clubs. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, represented by Emirates Team New Zealand, is now the defender [having just won the 35th edition of the Cup]. The first challenger, the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, represented by Luna Rossa Challenge, becomes Challenger of Record; together with the defender they will agree on the conditions of the Cup, the Challenger Selection Series, the location and so forth,” explained the spokesman.
The New Zealand team raced to victory over Oracle Team USA on Monday in Bermuda.
This is a return to sea for Luna Rossa and its sixth challenge, but fifth race, as the team in 2015 withdrew from the competition in disagreement with the overturning of rules