Max Sirena, Team Director of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli sailing team, gave an interview to sport360. In an interview for sport360, he spoke about the challenges, previous teams as well as the new young hopes of this sport At the beginning of the interview, Sirena revealed what the biggest challenge on this team was: "When you take part in a competition like the America’s Cup, you expect to race and compete against the strongest teams in the world." "The tournament is not just sport, but technology, strategy, decision process, and everything you need to make one less mistake than your opponent.
"Last year was pretty difficult. We were in Italy facing the big problem of COVID while building our second boat. The yard closed for five weeks due to the outbreak but we decided to keep pushing on with the construction to be as competitive as possible." "We agreed to receive the boat later than originally planned so we were a bit behind schedule, and started sailing later than other teams." "During the PRADA Cup we pushed pretty hard to make up for lost time and in the end, we won the Prada Cup and got the chance to race against the Defender.
Sirena compared the former teams and the current team "Every campaign and every team is different; we work pretty hard to build a winning mentality, especially considering we had started from a white paper with this team a few years ago." "And in the end, I think we have shown to the world the strength of this group, which is a solid base to build a stronger team for the future and be in the position to beat the best and compete for the cup.
Young players are always an unavoidable topic, since it is always interesting to observe new hopes and to see their progress. "During this campaign, we developed and built a good sailing program for the younger generation.
I think everyone today wants to sail as fast as possible, and today the key is foiling." "Thanks to the new technology, young sailors are now ready to approach the foiling world easily by sailing on a moth, wing board, or kiting.
Now we have many sailing schools with all of these new toys available to ride for everyone. What is Max Sirena’s motivation? "I’m a competitive person, in my job as well as in my personal life." "I think you can find motivation by looking at the others.
To be the best, you need to beat the best, which is why I’m still here. I’m addicted to the cup. The day I don’t feel like this anymore will be the day to give up. But I’m not ready yet!