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Team Luna Rossa Prada has joined the 34th America's Cup via a strategic alliance with Emirates Team New Zaland. From Luna Rossa:

Luna Rossa launches its Challenge for the 34th America’s Cup through the Circolo della Vela Sicilia - that enthusiastically accepts to serve as the challenging Yacht Club - and it signs a co-operation agreement with Emirates Team New Zealand.

The hulls of Luna Rossa's AC 72’ will be built in Italy, and all its other components in New Zealand.

Just as it happened in the 2000 challenge, the busy and demanding programme is designed in a few days: a base will open in Auckland, New Zealand, as early as in January 2012, training will be done in New Zealand, the team will participate in all the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) events with two AC 45’ winged catamarans and the AC 72’ winged catamaran will be launched to race in the America’s Cup.

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