Luna Rossa

Luna Rossa Challenge

Luna Rossa Challenge (originally named Prada Challenge) is an Italian sailboat racing syndicate, created to compete for the America's Cup in 2000.

Sponsored by Prada, and beginning from 2005 also by Telecom Italia.

In 2000, the team won the Louis Vuitton Cup, eventually prevailing 5-4 against AmericaOne skippered by Paul Cayard in a tightly contested final, to become the challenger against Team New Zealand for the America's Cup but were subsequently defeated 5-0 in Auckland, New Zealand.

In 2003 Luna Rossa again competed in the Louis Vuitton Cup but were eliminated by OneWorld in the semi-finals.

In 2007 Luna Rossa Challenge competed in the Louis Vuitton Cup 2007 and qualified for the finals, after a surprise 5-1 victory over BMW Oracle Racing. On 6 June 2007 Luna Rossa Challenge was beaten in the finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2007 by Emirates Team New Zealand after conceding 5 defeats and recording zero wins. It was the first time that the Louis Vuitton Cup had been won with a 5-0 scoreline.

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