This year’s grinder expert is on the Luna Rossa crew, among the teams competing for the trophy in New Zealand in March. In this edition, technological evolution allows speeds never before reached “
REGGIO EMILIA – Next March the America’s Cup will be held, a historic sailing trophy that in this edition is held in New Zealand waters. Among the crew of the Luna Rossa there is an expert sailor, the Reggiano Gilberto Nobili.
“We are here to win – he told Tg Reggio – We have all made a boat different from the others, although with similarities in different aspects”. Games are fully open in Auckland Bay, site of the 36th America’s Cup.
The qualifications were a test bed, which recently ended and saw the boats, the result of more than 3 years of studies and preparations, compete for the first time. Forget catamarans: on the surface of the water and even several spans above, monohulls literally fly twenty meters long and five meters wide supported by two movable wings on either side of the hull. “These seaplanes have more speed than catamarans of the past – explained the sailor – they reach 95 km / h, speeds unthinkable for a boat without a motor.”
The 46-year-old Vetto’s muscles and wit are crucial to Luna Rossa’s performance. In addition to the role of grinder – the sailor who moves the winch handles by hand – it was his job to write the on-board software on which the coordination of all navigation details depends: “It is a complex system, developed over the years,” he said.
The appointment with the next regattas is from January 15 with the Prada Cup. At stake is access to the final challenge against the New Zealand champions of the America’s Cup, a trophy that in the last three editions has always seen Nobili in the crew of winners: first with Oracle, then with New Zealand.
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