One evening, in an office near the Duomo of Milan, Patrizio Bertelli and Argentinian yacht designer German Frers are discussing the construction of a cruising boat. Suddenly German Frers asks Bertelli. "Why don't we do the America's Cup?" ... "Let's do the America's Cup!"
In 15 days, from scratch, the core of the challenge - which will remain in the memory of Italians and of fans all over the world - is set: the Luna Rossa team is born.
In just a few months the team is complete and ready to begin training.
An outline of the future is made: two and a half years of waking up at six, training in the gymnasium, at sea, in the gym again, three trips to the other side of the world, one and a half years of New Zealand sea and sky, the excitement of launching the two Luna Rossa boats, slender, sleek and shining, nicknamed by the New Zealanders the "Silver Bullet".