As was widely expected, Prada’s Luna Rossa, ITA 74, now sports a knuckle bow similar to most other syndicates after extensive hull modifications following the departure of chief designer Doug Peterson at the beginning of October.
Since October 14 Team Prada has been working around the clock in the shed of their Auckland operations base in order to have Luna Rossa ITA 74 ready for racing in Round Robin Two. A series of modifications on the hull have been carried out and Luna Rossa today showed off their new bow. Today's outing was the first opportunity that Team Prada designers, technicians and crew had to test the new configuration of ITA 74.
The Official Round Robin Two Press Conference will take place at the Louis Vuitton Cup Media Centre tomorrow morning at 9.00. All nine competing skippers will announce what boats they will be sailing in Round Two. According to the rules teams can change boat from one series to the next. Weather permitting, Francesco will then go out sailing on Luna Rossa ITA 74 for the last testing session before Tuesday's all Italian match between Luna Rossa and Mascalzone Latino. This is the only outstanding match from Round Robin One that was postponed a few times due to the lack or excess of wind.
No other matches will be sailed on Tuesday. Therefore, Round Robin Two will officially start on Wednesday 23 October, one day later than originally planned. The pairings are the same as Round Robin One, but the four daily matches will be sailed in the opposite order.