Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
20 Dec 14
Australia's premier ocean race has always had an international flavour; Captain Illingworth, who started the whole Sydney Hobart thing was, after all, an Englishman.
Jim Gale, RSHYR media
|© Pierrick Contin|
|Date of Birth||28 June 1973|
|Place of Birth||Trieste|
The Melges Class has a double champion in Lorenzo Bressani, a star performer in the Melges 24 and the Melges 32. Bressani is the man at the back of Melges Uka Uka Racing and the nomination period began for him with a win at the pre-Worlds in October 2009 and was followed up with sixth place at the Worlds. Adding these results to an already successful season, Bressani claimed first overall on the 2009 World and European ranking series.
The 2010 season began with a win at Key West Race Week and Bressani has posted an unblemished score card since. Key West was followed by the Italian Nationals, the Alghero regatta of the Volvo Cup circuit, the Estonian and Finnish Nationals and finally the big prize, the 2010 Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship sailed in Tallinn, Estonia in August. Bressani also won the world title in 2008 and is one of only two people to have won this title twice.
Bressani's incredible win rate in the Melges 24 is complemented by his success in the Melges 32 fleet, where he sails B-Lin as tactician. In September 2009, Bressani's team finished third at the Melges 32 Worlds in Porto Cervo, Italy and finished five of the next regattas on the podium. At two of these Bressani finished first, the Primo Cup Trophée Credit Suisse in Milan and regatta 5 of the Melges 32 sailing series. These results add up to first overall in the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2010.
The Melges 32 was also selected as one of the classes at the ISAF Offshore Team World Championship. Bressani and the Italian team finished second overall.
Outside the Melges class, Bressani also sails as helm or tactician on the TP52 Luna Rossa in the Audi Med Cup Circuit and finished second overall at the X41 World Championship.
TP52 - Audi Med Cup - Luna Rossa (helm in Marseille, Barcelona and Murcia, tactician in Cascais)
9 - Portugal Trophy, Cascais - 9 - Marseille - 9 - Barcelona - 7 - Murcia
2 - X 41 World Championship 2009, Scarlino, ITA - 2009
It was probably thanks to my father who had a 6metre Sheriff and on Sundays, the whole family used to go sailing. So I was only 4 years old when I fell in love with sailing for the first time.
As I was born in the port of Trieste, I took part from the beginning in the Barcolana Regatta, as it can be imagined. I started with cruiser boats at the beginning I finished in 800th position (there are 2000 boats on the same start line!). More recently sailing on Maxi boats I have won the event four times.
I have always sailed for Societa Velica Barcola e Grignano
I can't remember exactly the name of the first event... It has been many years ago! What I remember well is that I was 7 years old and was manning my first Optimist named Reffolo. My sailing friends jokingly called me Rufo from the name of the boat and still today in the sailing world I am Rufo.
I've won various regattas and titles in different classes but for sure the most important for me was my 2003 victory in the J24 Worlds - that was my first 'big' win. Since then the two victories in the Melges 24 Worlds in 2008 and 2010.
After winning in all one-design classes I feel like taking up new challenges and the new America's Cup format suits very well for my potential. I can see myself quite good at the helm of a big cat!
Lorenza, my ex-girlfriend, who is now my wife. She has been at my side for thirteen years and has shared with me the good and the bad moments.
I don't really have a single hero in the sailing world, but in each class I sail I try to identify the top sailor, aiming to do better than him. But if we talk about the spotsmen in general, my hero is Valentino Rossi, the champion biker.
During the winter season and also in other parts of the year when I have time, I like road cycling, racing and mountain biking. I also like to windsurf, swimming and snow boarding.
What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?
For me, this nomination has been great news. It's the best award that a professional sailor can received so I'm very very happy. I wish to than all the people who vote for me and I can't imagine how I would feel if I was selected as the winner. Whichever way the decision goes, it is already an honour to be considered amongst the top sailors in the world.