The Serena team reached the final with a “light wind rocket” and an unusual helmsman concept: during races, four-time Olympic contestant Francesco Bruni of Palermo and Australian Heavyweight Cup Jimmy Spethyl takes turns.
The 41-year-old from Sydney won the Copa America in 2010 and 2013 with the Oracle team from the USA, before New Zealand beat Bermuda in 2017 with 26-year-old helmsman and 49th Olympic champion Peter Burling. Because of his defeat, Spithill now wants to give back “Luna Rossa”. He knows his opponent well: “Peter Burling is without doubt the best sailor in the world.” Francesco Bruni describes Berling as “a crazy talent”.
The 30-year-old and his Olympic crew, Blair Tok, form the heart and lungs on board the New Zealand ship “T Rihautai”. The multi-talented Kiwi, who wants to compete for medals in the Olympic sailing regatta in Japan in the summer again in the 49er race with Berlin with Eric Hill and Thomas Blossel (third in the 2016 Olympics), is a barometer of all things America’s Cup.
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