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Vincenzo ONORATO (ITA)

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Italian ship-owner Vincenzo ONORATO is at the top of the game and his achievements over the nomination period speak for themselves. ONORATO's sailing team Mascalzone Latino are well known on the Farr 40 circuit and in America's Cup circles. In September 2006, the Farr 40 fleet congregated in Newport, USA for the Rolex Farr40 World Championship and ONORATO's 'Latin Rascals' won their first World title.

After turning his attention back to the Louis Vuitton Cup and Mascalzone Latino's challenge for the America's Cup, ONORATO was back with the Farr 40 in Italy for the Rolex Settimana delle Bocche in June, ONORATO won again giving him the European title to add to his collection. It was then on to Norway where Mascalzone Latino won the Nordic Farr 40 Championships before the final stop in Copenhagen, Denmark for the 2007 Rolex Farr40 World Championship. ONORATO's team was by far the most consistent, only once finishing outside the top ten and finishing the series with a 35 point margin over second place. This emphatic victory makes ONORATO and Mascalzone Latino the first ever team to win back to back and the second team to win twice at the Farr40 Worlds.

ONORATO headed up his second America's Cup campaign for the 32nd America's Cup as President of Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team. Going into the Louis Vuitton Cup on a high after their third place finish in Act 13, ONORATO's team notched up 35 wins of the 79 matches they sailed to finish the Louis Vuitton Cup in sixth place.

1 - Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, Newport, USA - Sep 2006
2 - Rolex Settimana delle Bocche - Farr 40 European Championship, ITA - Jun 2007
1 - Nordic Farr 40 Championship, Hankø, NOR - Jul 2007
1 - Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, Copenhagen, DEN - Aug 2007

America's Cup Challenge - President of Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team
3 - Louis Vuitton Act 13, Valencia, ESP - Apr 2007
6 - Louis Vuitton Cup, Valencia, ESP - Apr/May 2007

Name Vincenzo ONORATO
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Date of birth 15 May 1957
Profession Shipowner
ISAF Sailor ID ITAVO1
What inspired you to take up sailing? Sailing on my father's cutter in the 60s when I was a kid
What was the first boat you sailed and how old were you? I started club races in Naples on 1970
How did you buy your first boat and what was it? my parents bought a "comet 770" (quarter tonner) in 1977
Name your first sailing club Lega Navale Italiana sezione Napoli
What was the first event you competed in and when? Neapolitan I.O.R. Championship 1978
What was the first event you won and when? Neapolitan I.O.R. Championship 1978
What are your personal highlights of your career to date? C.I.M. International Med Championship - Quarter Tonner 1984 - 1st place
IMS World Champhionship - Newport 2000 - 1st place
Mumm 30 World Champhionship - Miami 2000 - 1st place
ISAF Offshore Team World Championship Rolex Sardinia Cup - Porto Cervo 2006 - 1st place
Rolex Farr 40 - Newport 2006 - 1st place
Rolex Farr 40 - Copenhagen 2007 - 1st place
What are your future sailing goals? To participate in all Farr 40 events around the world
Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing career and why? My father. He was remembering me when he was sailing on his father sailing ship at the beginning of the Century, at the end of the era of sailing ships
Who is your sailing hero? Eric TABARLY
What other sports do you enjoy? Fishing
What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you? I still don't believe that!
If you were voted as the winner, what would this mean to you? I'd need time to realize that: there are thousands sailors that deserve this prestigious award more than me; I consider myself just a passionated amateur sailor not more than this.
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