Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena is relieved that the Prada Cup last will proceed on Saturday, however feels the prolonged battle over the rescheduling has achieved additional injury to an already fractious relationship.
The saga developed an unseemly tone on Wednesday and Thursday, with every kind of implications conveyed by means of rival press releases and interviews, and phrases like “honour” “equity” “respect” and “sportsmanship” thrown into the equation.
One thing that may usually be hammered out behind closed doorways turned uncomfortably public, upsetting accusations and counter-claims.
Sirena is grateful that America’s Cup Occasions (ACE) backed down from their proposal to reschedule the races to subsequent weekend, which might have additionally entailed shifting the America’s Cup match, however mentioned the method had been avoidable.
“I am happy, I thank them [ACE], but it surely was pointless,” Sirena informed the Herald. “Everybody was able to go and the groups have been crusing since Tuesday. So it has been onerous for me to simply accept.”
Sirena additionally rejected the inference that the Challenger of Document’s (COR) stance mirrored a single-minded need to see Luna Rossa progress from the Prada Cup last.
“We’re right here to race and there was no actual purpose why we should not race,” mentioned Sirena. “They all the time drop on us all this bulls*** about equity and loyalty. We’re the primary ones that need to exit on the water, even in the present day. There isn’t any method Luna Rossa needs to win with out even racing.
“These guys are fairly good from a PR perspective; they need to open a PR firm to be sincere.”
The connection between ACE and COR, and by extension Crew New Zealand and Luna Rossa, has been troublesome for months, with the events at loggerheads over a number of totally different points, and Sirena does not know whether it is repairable.
“For certain, this does not assist,” mentioned Sirena. “It is like having a household the place the husband and spouse are preventing each day for no purpose. So why do you retain staying collectively…for what? It’s onerous to maintain a relationship with somebody, onerous to have a dialogue.”
ACE argued they needed to shift the occasion dates to have the most important potential occasion – hopefully below Covid-19 degree 1 in Auckland – and ACE Chair Tina Symmans informed the Herald on Thursday that the financial impression of racing below alert degree 2 could be important, with the America’s Cup village closed this weekend, restricted patronage in bars, eating places and cafes and a discount in home tourism.
Sirena agreed it was unlucky there could be much less individuals within the village – and no crowds on North Head – however mentioned the worldwide viewers was paramount.
“We make investments thousands and thousands in TV productions and the TV contract,” mentioned Sirena. “However now that manufacturing and all of the TV channels around the globe…we do not care about them?
“Earlier than it was the principle aim for Grant Dalton and ACE and now you need to postpone per week of racing and inform all the tv stations worldwide, ‘I made a decision to not race this week’.
“It is just like the Australian Open. That is up and operating. Why postpone when you can run the occasion? We constructed three totally different ranges of [Covid-19] protocols to function below, which we agreed months in the past.”
Sirena additionally rejected the notion that Luna Rossa had not been respectful to the individuals of New Zealand, whose diligence round Covid-19 enabled this occasion to be staged.
“You can not all the time drop on us, [that] since day one we’re the unhealthy guys, those that do not respect the nation,” mentioned Sirena. “I noticed a Breakfast TV present [this week] with three journalists saying Luna Rossa ought to depart the nation. Actually? Is that the sport we need to play? Have you learnt how a lot cash we’ve got invested on this marketing campaign and on this nation?”
Sirena estimates that Luna Rossa have added 20 million Euros to the New Zealand economic system, because the first crew members arrived in July.
Sirena additionally puzzled why Ineos Crew UK had been supportive of delaying the Prada Cup last, till Auckland returned to alert degree 1.
“As a sailor and a competitor, it’s best to need to race as quickly as potential,” mentioned Sirena.
“What’s the distinction for them? Why are they eager to exit crusing, however not racing?.”
Luna Rossa lead Ineos Crew UK 4-0 within the first-to-seven Prada Cup last, with the primary of two races on Saturday scheduled for 4:15pm.