Cagliari, 3rd of May 2018 - While the team prepares for the launch of the new TP52 on May 13th, Jacopo Plazzi, Umberto Molineris and Nicolas Brezzi have officially become part of Luna Rossa as a result of the training sessions dedicated to promising young sailing talents. To date, in less than four months, 80 youth sailors have been invited to take part in these sessions.
Jacopo Plazzi, age 27 and born in Ravenna, holds a European bronze title and several top ten results in world-class competitions in the 49er class. Jacopo is highly passionate about all high-performance sailing classes and has also competed in the M32 and GC32 circuits. "I started sailing in year 2000; I remember that winter period when I would get up during the night to watch Luna Rossa sailing live from Auckland. My passion was born thanks to this team and I am overjoyed to be part of it. The chance to contribute towards winning the Cup is my motivation to give my very best. We have been given an incredible opportunity and my goal is to learn as much as possible to return the team’s trust.”
Umberto Molineris, age 28 is from Ravenna. He achieves several top-ten results in world-class 49er competitions in partnership with Jacopo Plazzi. With the closing of the Olympic activities in 2016 he moves on to regattas in professional circuits such as RC44, Melges 32, M32. "My entry in this team is a source of incredible pride; for sailors of my generation it represents a unique opportunity for growth. I used to observe and study Spithill when he sailed in Ravenna in the trofeo Trombini, and now I am part of an America’s Cup team with him… A dream come true!”
Nicholas Brezzi Villi, is 25 and from Trieste. He started sailing at a very young age but began competing as an athlete rower. He first represented Italy 2010 and won the European Championship. He participated with the Italian National team in seven World Championships earning a gold, a silver and two bronze medals. He has also won the Italian Champion 12 times. In 2016 he returned to sailing and won an Italian ORC championship and, for two years in a row, the Barcolana regatta. “The opportunity to be part of a team of talented professionals, ready to work with us and accept athletes from different disciplines is an incredible feeling, a dream come true. I am enthusiastic and can’t wait to be involved in this unique learning experience.”