Italy's number no1 America's Cup challenge fully decamps from Auckland - but they will be back.
Team Prada ended today the 'extra' training session in New Zealand with Luna Rossa ITA 45 and will head back to Italy within a few days. Only a small number of team members spent the last month working from the Auckland operations base, as most of the team went back to Italy at the beginning of March.
Throughout this 'extra' session on the Hauraki Gulf, various tests, technical evaluations and specific crew training have been carried out. In the meantime, the other two boats and most of the equipment used by team Prada in Auckland from October to March (Young America USA 53 and USA 58) have been shipped back to Italy.
The weather conditions in Auckland during the past month have been fairly good: although at the end of March the team had to put up with a few low pressure systems carrying plenty of rain and strong S-SW winds, the second part of the period was blessed by a late summer spell, with warm sunny days and very light breeze.
In a few days Luna Rossa ITA 45 the last America¹s Cup Class yacht of team Prada still in Auckland will be loaded on a ship and will reach Italy in five and a half weeks.
From the beginning of May, when the other two yachts USA 53 and USA 58 (shipped from Auckland a month ago) are scheduled to reach the Italian coast, team Prada will be back at work in its home base in Punta Ala.
The construction of the new Luna Rossa ITA 74 is well under way in the team's boatyard in Grosseto and the launch will take place in late May.