Persico proud of Luna Rossa’s historic America’s cup effort
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:39 PM
Nembro (BG - ITALY), March 17, 2021 – “We want to thank Luna Rossa for making us part of the history of sailing,” said Marcello Persico, president of Persico Marine, the builder of the two Luna Rossa race yachts, commenting this morning on the 36th edition the America’s Cup, which ended earlier in the day in Auckland with the victory of the Emirates Team New Zealand, after a long, hard-fought and captivating naval battle with the Luna Rossa team. The Luna Rossa achieved the best result ever by an Italian team in this competition,the oldest and most prestigious trophy in the world of sailing.
First of all, Persico family wanted to acknowledge and highlight the great effort that their own team at Persico Marine - a group of over 40 people who worked full-time on the two Luna Rossa boats from 2018 to 2020, for a total of 160 thousand hours of work – put into building the two hulls, four rudders, a pair of wings and the arms for all the teams.
“A special thank you goes to Patrizio Bertelli, Max Sirena and all the Luna Rossa Challenge management and crew,” Marcello Persico said. “Thanks for believing in us, working with us, inspiring us every day and always pushing us to achieve more. Luna Rossa has become part of history thanks to the visionary men and women and sailors who engaged in the pursuit of one objective for three years. It has been a great honour for Persico to be a part of the America’s Cup.”
The relationship between Persico Marine and Luna Rossa dates a long way back to the 32nd America’s Cup in 2007.
For the 36th America’s Cup, Persico Marine built two boats, foil arms, a set of wings and four rudders, always working in partnership with the Luna Rossa team. As part of the undertaking, an innovative circular economy project was launched: carbon fibre from old moulds was recycled to make the mould for the Luna Rossa boats and, through a sustainable production chain, carbon scraps were recovered to make medical prostheses. Moreover, a portion of the recovered carbon was used to create a limited edition of prestigious Panerai watches.
“Today we are on the starting block of the greatest challenge yet: to transfer our acquired know-how, excellence and technology to the cruise boat and motorboat sectors. Our industry – with the additional impulse of the America's Cup – is evolving very fast. High-performance appendages and revolutionary foils are now proven technologies ready to conquer a wider market,” Mr. Persico explained.
Currently, Persico is building the new high-performance ClubSwan 80 at the Nembro yard, and, just recently, a partnership with the design firm Carkeek Design Partners was announced for the construction of the innovative F70 full-foiling day sailer-racer. Meanwhile, series production of Persico 69Fs – foiling sportsboats less than seven meters in length, designed for a crew of three –continues with great success. Persico 69F holds the record as the first series-produced one-design crew foiler in the world.