22 May 2021

The PRADA Cup arrives in Venice

Max Sirena and Gilberto Nobili will be at the Venice Boat Show with the trophy they won in Auckland. Together with Tommaso Chieffi, they will be the stars of the talk show about the America’s Cup and recent and former Italian endeavours.

Venice, May 22, 2021The America’s Cup will also be the protagonist in Venice. In fact, Venice will be welcoming two of the members of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team that kept Italy awake on many winter nights with their regattas. In a crescendo of speed, the Italian team won the PRADA Cup, a competition for the challenger selection, and then engaged the Emirates Team New Zealand in an unprecedented duel, considered one of the most spectacular in the history of sailing.


Max Sirena, team director, and Gilberto “Gillo” Nobili, operation manager, together with Tommaso Chieffi, tactician of the Moro di Venezia and member of several Cup campaigns, will be the celebrity guests of a talk show hosted by journalist Antonio Vettese, which is not to be missed: the title of the talk show is “Luna Rossa and the Moro di Venezia, the great Italian endeavours in the America’s Cup”.

Venice is one of the reference cities for the PRADA group, as it hosts one of the branches of the Prada Foundation, dedicated to contemporary art.  As Mayor Luigi Brugnaro stated: “In the year in which it is celebrating its 1600th anniversary, Venice, along with the entire nation, is starting afresh and making a comeback to being the Queen of the sea from May 29 to June 6.  We are planning a new relationship with the sea”. And sport, the great adventures of Luna Rossa and the Moro di Venezia are a coherent and important testimony.


Max Sirena says: “I was born and brought up on the Adriatic coast. I often raced on these waters at the beginning of my career, and I will always have fond memories of them even when I am in faraway places like Auckland. In fact, the beauty and content of Venice and its Arsenale are unique and are also of significant value for the Prada Group, which has one of the branches of its Foundation dedicated to art here in this City. I am delighted to showcase the PRADA Cup here for the first time to the Italian fans.”  Max is one of the Italian sailors who has participated several times in the Cup challenges.  Since 2000, he has sailed with Luna Rossa in all their participations, five in all out of the six challenges.  In 2010 he won as wing mast manager for BMW Oracle and in 2017 he won with Emirates Team New Zealand.


Gillo Nobili also has a considerably important curriculum: he has won the Cup three times, in 2010 and 2013 with Oracle and in 2017 with Emirates Team New Zealand. Max and Gillo both have an enviable, unique experience and their story will be full of values.



Tommaso Chieffi is the Italian sailor who has won the most world and Italian titles.  He started with a 470 world championship and has never stopped. His debut in the Cup was at the helm of Italy, challenger of the Yacht Club Italiano in the 1987 edition in Perth Australia, he was tactician of Moro di Venezia in 1992, of Oracle in 2003 and again tactician with Shosholoza in 2007. His participation is mainly linked to his role aboard the Moro di Venezia which has a special bond with the lagoon city. The second of the 5 hulls launched by the team is in fact one of the “testimonials” of the city and currently its port is the Arsenale of Venice.


During the event, the stunning PRADA Cup trophy, created by world-renowned Australian designer Mark Newson and handcrafted by Florentine silversmiths, will be exhibited for the first time in Italy and in public outside New Zealand. The appointment is set for 6 pm on Saturday 29 in the Arsenale Area Scali – Sommergibile and on the social and YouTube channels of the Venice Boat Show.

The program of events and the list of exhibitors can be found on the Venice Boat Show’s official website: www.salonenautico.venezia.it


Fonte: Ufficio Stampa Salone Nautico Venezia

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