March 2018


from the left: Francesco Ettorre (president FIV), Patrizio Bertelli, Alberto Acciari

Yesterday 12 March 2018, Patrizio Bertelli, president of Luna Rossa Challenge received, during the XXIV edition of “Il Velista dell'Anno” (Sailor of the Year event), the special jury prize assigned to the international sailing protagonists.

The jury gave the following reasoning: “With the Luna Rossa project Patrizio Bertelli has been at the very top of global sailing for over 20 years, showing tenacity, passion and determination, the hallmarks of all great seafarers. The special prize awarded by the jury recognises his skill, the active role he has played and the results he has achieved”.

The event, endorsed by the Italian Sailing Federation, as well as awarding prizes to the best sailors of the 2017 season, also featured a round table on the next America’s Cup, attended by Agostino Randazzo – Chairman of the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, Max Sirena – Director and Skipper of the Luna Rossa Challenge team, Silvio Arrivabene – Representative of the New York Yacht Club, Laurent Esquier – CEO of COR 36, and Bruno Troublé, a key figure in past America’s Cups, as well as Patrizio Bertelli himself.