Round-the-world race winner Franck Cammas will help the Luna Rossa team to hone their skills in multihull sailing towards the 2013 America's Cup.
Frenchman Cammas, who won this year's Volvo Ocean Race as skipper on Groupama, is also regarded as one of the world's top multihull sailors, with an impressive list of offshore victories and world speed records in giant trimarans.
Cammas will coach Luna Rossa in Auckland when their racing AC72 catamaran is launched in October.
The initial approach to coach the Italians came when Cammas was last in Auckland, during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover, and spoke with Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena. The pair had worked together on Oracle's last America's Cup campaign.
Cammas has won six world championships in the ORMA 60 trimaran, won the Transat Jacques Vabre three times, and set the round-the-world record in the Trophee Jules Verne in 2010.
He also won the 2010 Route du Rhum single handed transatlantic race on board of the 31.5m trimaran Groupama 3.
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