Long time Luna Rossa sailing team head and skipper for the team’s 2013 America’s Cup Challenge has joined Emirates Team New Zealand for the 35th America’s Cup.
Statements from both teams, announcing the move were issued just before 1030pm Tuesday evening (0930UTC).
The Team Luna Rossa Challenge announcement advised that its former ‘Skipper and Team Director Max Sirena would join Emirates Team New Zealand’s management, working closely with the various Department Heads and the Executive Team.
‘This stresses the sporting and friendly ties of mutual respect that have characterized the relationship between the two teams during over fifteen years, marked by loyal and constructive competition,’ the Italian’s written statement concluded.
Emirates Team New Zealand confirmed the move saying ‘Max brings over 20 valuable years of America’s Cup experience primarily as a sailor with Luna Rossa but also a strong technical knowledge having won the 33rd America’s Cup as wing manager for BMW Oracle racing.
‘He now joins a number of Luna Rossa designers now working with the team at this exciting time in our quest to win back the America’s Cup.’
Sirena will be based in New Zealand. No specific role has been announced but he is expected to take a senior role in the coaching and performance team.
Born in 1973 in Rimini, Italy, Massimiliano “Max” Sirena (42) won the 33rd America’s Cup with BMW Oracle Team as wing mast manager. His America’s Cup experience began in New Zealand in 2000 as a mid-bowman and then grinder. He sailed with the team in the 2000, 2003 and 2007 America’s Cups before joining then BMW Oracle Racing for the 2010 America’s Cup in the super-multihulls in Valencia. Max was skipper of team Luna Rossa for the 34th Challenge to the America’s Cup and also skippered the Luna Rossa Extreme 40, winner of the Extreme Sailing Series in 2011.