Monday, November 23, 2009

Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice: Tom Burnham

We talk to Azzurra Strategist Tom Burnham after the final race at the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice

AZZURRA marks the rebirth of a crew that wrote history 25 years ago with its successful participation in the first Louis Vuitton Cup in 1983.

The new AZZURRA arose from the collaboration between the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Giovannni Maspero.

The crew, which is made up of young Italian racing yachtsmen and extremely experienced sailors, will make its debut in Nice for the Louis Vuitton Trophy.

Riccardo Bonadeo, the Club's commodore, was at the head of AZZURRA in 1983 and is today, once more, responsible for this new team with Giovanni Maspero. Francesco Bruni, the skipper, has taken part in two America's Cups and three Olympic Games.

The tactician, Tommaso Chieffi, is also one of the best Italian racing yachtsmen, while the Team Manager, Alessandra Sensini, is the only woman to have won four Olympic medals.

The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, whose President is HSH Prince Aga Khan, is renowned for organising numerous international challenges.

Produced by Keith Brash & Matt Carkeek

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