America's Cup: Luna Rossa confirm challenge for 2024

  • 17/12/2021

Luna Rossa have confirmed their entry for the next America's Cup in 2024.

On Friday, the Italian syndicate announced its challenge had been accepted and they would be among the boats vying for a chance to take on holders Team New Zealand for the 'Auld Mug'.

In March, Luna Rossa were beaten 7-3 by Team NZ in the America's Cup match in Auckland, after defeating INEOS Team UK 7-1 in the Challengers series.

"The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has formally accepted Circolo della Vela Sicilia and Luna Rossa Team Notice of Challenge lodged on December 1st, 2021," they said in an Instagram post.

"Stay tuned.."

The announcement comes two days after Swiss boat Alinghi confirmed it will return from an 11-year absence for the 37th edition of the oldest trophy in sports.

Luna Rossa's inclusion brings the total number of official challengers to three, joining INEOS Britannia and Alinghi. American Magic loom as the next likely boat to be announced.

The team will again be led by Max Sirena, with Australian Jimmy Spithill expected to return as helmsman.

A venue for the regatta will be announced before the end of March, with Cork in Ireland, Valencia in Spain, and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia the leading candidates as hosts.