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America's Cup 2013: Luna Rossa boss hints they may ignore suggested time-out

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Earlier today during a press conference called by the Italian America's Cup sailing team Luna Rossa/Prada, team principal Patrizio Bertelli hinted that his team may not follow the "do not sail until next week" suggestion recently offered by the newly-appointed Review Committee that is investigating the Artemis tragedy.

The following comment was just published at the official America's Cup website:

"We are pleased that Luna Rossa has already submitted its suggestions to the Review Committee. We are, however, disappointed that Luna Rossa indicated that it might not follow the Review Committee’s recommendation issued last evening that teams not sail in San Francisco before May 23rd (to allow the Committee time to make further recommendations).

"We note that Luna Rossa has already sailed its AC72 yacht in Auckland for some 40 days without incident and are now prepared to sail in San Francisco Bay.

"Nonetheless, we expect that the Review Committee’s safety-driven recommendations will be accepted by the teams, and we appreciate Mr. Bertelli’s assurances in that regard during today’s press conference."

More details of the Luna Rossa press conference will follow when they become available.