I took part in all the challenges of Luna Rossa, starting, of course, like everyone else, from normal roles: I, in particular, was one of the bowmen. Five or six years ago Mr. Bertelli asked me if I felt like taking on a leadership role, managing the team in all its aspects. It took me a while to say yes.
How his story with Patrizio Bertelli's creature begins is always told by Fabio Pozzo in the article that consecrates him as one of the best in the world in the discipline: in 1995 Max is training on a boat of the future patron of Luna Rossa, the Njala, and, while he is busy mooring, he hears someone shouting apostrophe in a bad way: he has never seen Bertelli and can’t know that it is just him, who, impressed by the character of the young man, the team from head to toe.
You and me, either we become great friends, or I'll have you fired by the end of the day, I have to think about it.
How the story went is well known. In 2000, after winning the Louis Vuitton Cup, Luna Rossa challenges the Defender Team New Zealand: it's an unequal challenge, but the young forward helper does everything he can to pursue victory, ending up injuring himself in an attempt to remove a sheet that got caught in the keel. His blood ends on the side of the boat, a symbol of the determination of a man on a mission to make history in the oldest sports competition in the world.
Max Sirena will win the America's Cup on two occasions: in the aforementioned 2010 edition with Oracle Racing and in 2017, when, after Luna Rossa's retirement following the dispute over the change of class rule during the race, he joined - with the strong support of manager Grant Dalton - the crew of Emirates Team New Zealand, which defeated the Defender represented by Oracle Team USA in Bermuda. These are goals never achieved before by an Italian sailor, something for which many, at the age of 48, might feel satisfied.
I consider myself a very lucky person, because in many of the challenges or campaigns in which I have been involved I have managed to achieve the maximum goal. I have won many world championships, European, Italian, I have won the America's Cup twice. I consider myself a privileged person. But as a man of sport I think that the best moment of my career is the one that is yet to come.