Shannon Falcone and the sea: a story that lasts a lifetime
The beginning of Shannon Falcone's adventure
Sailing and Italy were, therefore, in the destiny of Shannon Falcone, the result of a strong bond with his father Carlo who inevitably took him to where he is now.
The best thing about sailing is that it's the only team sport that has to do with a craft. In Formula 1 and Moto GP there is only one pilot, here there are many of us and every role is fundamental to get the maximum performance from the boat. It's not enough to be good at your job, there's something deeper that leads a team to be a winner in the America's Cup, something that is related to communication, feedback, which is difficult to explain in words.
Shannon Falcone's experience
As soon as I started, I was a tree man, a very special specific role that I loved because it involved great responsibilities, especially in unforeseen situations, when you didn't have to follow the manual, the pressure was very high and the team depended on you. Over time the roles changed, and I had to adapt accordingly.
Challenging your limits
There is a saying that is extraordinarily true: "The only thing you can't buy in sailing is time".
Fortunately for the team, the days on the boat will be alternated with other days when the designers will develop the systems based on the feedback received. This will be an opportunity for Shannon and his teammates to keep fit with the equipment provided by Technogym, at least up to Auckland.
We have invested a lot in the "Next Generation" project, I will be one of the so-called "old" on board and I will have to try to pass on all my experience to the boys in the shortest possible time. Among them there are those who have never been on a sailboat before, they are talents capable of creating spatial numbers in the gym but who will have to put themselves to the test on the field. Unexpected situations can always arise in the water, which is why we "old people" are also needed.
I won the Cup twice with Oracle and I was very lucky. The first was a race regulated by the Deed of Gift, a circumstance that before then had occurred only in 1988, the second was as defender, but the emotions were certainly not missing. I may be a romantic but winning as a challenger is something else and even more so it would be nice to do it with Luna Rossa. I want to take revenge on Team New Zealand as in 2007 we lost the Louis Vuitton Cup to them in the final and for me that's still an open question. That's why I wanted to be there at all costs.
For Mr. Bertelli the family is important, and this is something that I also experienced outside the America's Cup, when our loved ones were involved in the events in which we took part. We created an important bond, everyone, but as far as I'm concerned, from 2003 to today I spent most of my time with Gillo (Gilberto Nobili), Jimmy (Spithill) and Max (Massimiliano "Max" Sirena), because we were all in Red Moon and then we moved with Oracle for the 2010 and 2013 campaigns. It often happens in our world, because understanding, communication and harmony are fundamental elements. We were together for 10 years, then we met for this new adventure.
If everything goes well, Shannon Falcone could even close the gap with the America's Cup.