Milan, February 11 2019 - The awards ceremony of the Foiling Week took place in the evocative setting of the Polena Hall at the Science and Technology Museum in Milano, a permanent stage for the installation of the Luna Rossa AC72 catamaran, finalist in the Challenger Selection series of the 34th America’s Cup. 

Luna Rossa, with the participation of several team members, designers and staff, was called to talk about foiling, innovation, design and, more significantly, about sailing for everyone. #Everyonecanfoil was the motto of the evening.

The ceremony opened with the presentation of the S.A.S. project, an idea that will lead to the production of a sailboat that allows access to all people who want to sail in foiling mode; this boat design will be mainly geared towards sailors with disabilities, as well as beginners and non-professional sailors

Among the first guests on stage was Max Sirena, Team Director and Skipper of Luna Rossa, deeply touched by the message conveyed in the film: everyone can sail.  "It is a big honour for me to be part of this project and to contribute towards making sailing a sport for everyone, especially in this case because we will have a high-performance boat which will host and convey the emotions of sailing to people often excluded from this sport."

The ceremony continued with the presentation of the two design competitions dedicated to young designers, after which the foiling award winners for each category were announced. Winners in the following categories were:

Foiling Design by Persico Marine

  • America’s Cup AC75, developed by Luna Rossa Challenge and Emirates Team New Zealand

Foiling Innovation

  • America's Cup AC75 Foil set-up, developed by Luna Rossa Challenge and Emirates Team New Zealand

Martin Fischer, Design Coordinator, and Mario Caponnetto, CFD Leader, received the prizes on behalf of Team Luna Rossa.

The appointment is for the next edition of the Foiling Awards.

 Photo Credit: Carlo Borlenghi