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Lorenzo Bressani (ITA)

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Name Lorenzo Bressani
Nation ITA
Date of Birth 28 June 1973
Place of Birth Trieste

Lorenzo Bressani is the man to beat in one-design keelboat racing and the multiple World Champion has once again achieved the double - Melges 24 World Champion and Melges 32 World Champion.

In September 2010 in San Francisco, USA he won the Melges 32 World Championship title as tactician aboard B-Lin Sailing. The B-Lin Sailing team had raced together for less than a year and their victory was a testament to the hard work of the team and the cool talent of tactician Bressani. Through 2011 they continued to post consistent results across the Audi Sailing Series including podium spots in Naples and Malcesine, Italy to finish the season fifth overall.

When not aboard the Melges 32, Bressani can be found at the back of the Melges 24 Uka Uka Racing or the Melges 20 Let's Roll. Bressani's greatest success is in the Melges 24 and following his championship glory in May 2011 at the Worlds in Corpus Christi, USA he has now won the title a record three times, in 2011, 2010 and 2008.

Downsizing to the Melges 20, Bressani sails as tactician aboard Let's Roll and the team have posted two regatta wins on the Audi Sailing Series in Naples and Scarlino in Italy.

Bressani is a remarkable competitor equally at home as tactician or helm and his consistent achievements across the most competitive one design keelboat classes are outstanding.

Achievements between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 Melges 32 (B-Lin Sailing - Tactician)
1 - Big Boat Series - Melges 32 Pre-Worlds, San Francisco, USA - Sep 2010
1 - Melges 32 World Championship, San Francisco, USA - Sep 2010
3 - Audi Sailing Series, Naples, ITA - Mar 2011
11 - Audi Sailing Series, Scarlino, ITA - May 2011
12 - Audi Invitational, Porto Cervo, ITA - Jun 2011
3 - Audi Sailing Series, Malcesine, ITA - Jul 2011
5 - Copa Del Rey Audi MAPFRE, Palma de Mallorca, ESP - Aug 2011
5th overall - Audi Sailing Series
Melges 24 (Uka Uka Racing - Helm)
2 - Key West Race Week, Key West, USA - Jan 2011
1 - Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, Miami, USA - Mar 2011
1 - Melges 24 World Championship, Corpus Christi, USA - May 2011 (3rd title)
Melges 20 (Let's Roll - Tactician)7 - Primo Cup Trophee Credit Suisse
1 - Audi Sailing Series, Naples, ITA - Mar 2011
1 - Audi Sailing Series, Scarlino, ITA - Apr 2011
12 - Audi Sailing Series #3, Trieste, ITA - May 2011
11 - Audi Sailing Series #4, Malcesine, ITA - Jul 2011
X41 (Mascalzone Latino - Tactician)
2 - X-41 Italian National Championship, Punta Ala, ITA - Jun 2011
Q&A
What inspired you to take up sailing?

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 first fell in love with sailing.

What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?

As I was born in the port of Trieste, I took part from in the Barcolana Regatta from the very beginning, as it can be imagined. I started with cruiser boats and ended up in 800th position (there are 2000 boats on the same start line!), but more recently, I won four competitions sailing on Maxi boats.

Name your first sailing club

I have always sailed for Societa Velica Barcola e Grignano

What was the first event you competed in and in what year?

I can't remember exactly the name of the first event... it was too 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 nicknamed me Rufo from the name of the boat and still today in the sailing world I am Rufo.

What are you personal sailing career highlights?

I've won various regattas and titles in different classes but for sure the most important for me is the 2003 victory in the J24 Worlds - that was my first 'big' win. Since then the three victories in the Melges 24 Worlds in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and last but not least the very prestigious Melges 32 Worlds held in the San Francisco Bay in 2011.

What are your future sailing goals?

After winning in all one-design classes I feel like taking up new challenges. One of these could be to take part in the Extreme 40 circuit in 2012. The Melges 24 crew and I are working hard to be there.

Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?

Lorenza, my wife. She has been at my side for fourteen years and has shared with me the best and worst times of my career.

Who is your sailing hero?

Really, I don't have a single hero in the sailing world, but in each class I sail I try to identify with the Top One, aiming to do better than him. But if we talk about the spotsmen in general, my hero is Valentino Rossi, the champion biker, even though this year hasn't been good for him.

What other sports do you enjoy?

During the winter season and also in other periods of the year when I have time, I like very much road and track cycling but also mountain biking. I also go in for windsurf, swimming and snowboarding.

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?

To be nominated for the second consecutive time is very gratifying for me. It's the best award that a professional sailor can hanker for so I'm very happy. I'd like to thank all the people who voted for me. I can't imagine how I could feel if the jury should decide to select me as the final winner. One thing is certain, I dedicate it to my father who is seriously ill. Whichever way the decision might go, it is already an honour to be considered amongst the top five sailors in the world.

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