The world of sailing was in mourning on Saturday following the death of Sweden’s Magnus Olsson at the age of 64. Gustav Morin/Ericsson 3/Volvo Ocean Race Olsson competed in the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race in six editions from 1985-86 to 2008-09, tasting victory with EF Language in 1997-98. He was named a Volvo Ocean Race Legends Ambassador in recognition of his enormous contribution to the event in 2011. One of the most popular and recognisable sailors in the world, he maintained links with the round-the-world race to the end, and was working as a coach with the all-female Team SCA in Lanzarote when he suffered a stroke. He was surrounded by his family as he died on Saturday. A statement from Team SCA read: “Magnus Olsson, one of the greatest sportsmen in the world of sailing, has passed away at a hospital in Spain. His family and friends were by his side. Magnus suffered a stroke during the week and despite initial positive signs, deteriorated over the next days.” Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad, who sailed around the world with Olsson with Intrum Justitia in 1993-94, led the tributes. “It’s with great sadness I received the news about Magnus passing away today. He was my mentor when I sailed around the world with him 20 years ago. “He was the inspiration for me and for so many more and more than anything he was the smile of the race. “A true friend has left on his final leg and the sailing world will never be the same without Magnus and his smile. Never. My thoughts are with his two sons and his close family today.” Olsson was born on January 4 in 1949 and grew up in Bromma, a outside Stockholm. He starting sailing on Lake Mälaren aged eight and learned his trade in OK Dinghy, Trapez and then 505s. He won three Swedish National Sailing Championships in 505s. Known amongst friends and colleagues as ‘Mange’, he participated in the America’s Cup on Sverige in 1976 before gaining his first taste of the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race in 1985 with Drum. It was the start of a long and historic collaboration. “Mange has been vital in building Volvo Ocean Race during more than a decade,” said Sven Österberg, a spokesman for Volvo Group. “He inspired us all with his joyful style, his clever words and huge experience from the seven seas. We will miss him enormously at Volvo, and so will our customers who loved his great presentations.” Karin Bäcklund, who also worked closely with him for Volvo Cars, added: “I will always remember him caring, energetic, smiling, joking, laughing! And always being too humble about his off-shore sailing experience and wisdom. “Mange has meant so much for Volvo Ocean Race, and we will remember him with much warmth in our hearts.” Richard Brisius, Managing Director of Team SCA, said: “Mange was the greatest person I have ever met, one of my very best friends, and one of the greatest sailors ever. He was a unique man who brought energy, humour and love to everyone around him. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time. “He meant a lot to so many people and currently he was a fundamental part of Team SCA. The team will continue the great work that he started, training and working in the way that he would have expected. He will be sorely missed by us all. It is a true privilege to have been a friend of Mange, and I will proudly carry his legacy with me forever.” Jan Johansson, President and CEO of SCA, added: “Magnus was a great sportsman who, throughout his impressive offshore racing career, brought his passionate spirit and enthusiasm to the sport. He has inspired our female crew, many other sailors, both young and old, and all of us who had the opportunity of meeting and knowing him. Magnus will be deeply missed around the world. Our thoughts now go to his family and all who were touched by his energy and passionate spirit.”


Arrivati a San Francisco e record  battuto!



Giovanni Soldini ha compiuto l’impresa. Il velista a bordo di Maserati, partito il 31 dicembre da New York, ha tagliato il traguardo a San Francisco con il VOR 70 Maserati e stabilito il record della rotta dell’Oro  in 47 giorni 42 minuti e 29 secondi. Il precedente primato era di 57 giorni e 3 ore.

Ora  Maserati verrà ormeggiata al Pier 39, nel Fisherman’s Wharf.

Personaggi della Vela:Alessandro Di Benedetto

Personaggi della vela: Alessandro Di Benedetto

Recente vincitore del premio velista dell’anno 2010. E’ il primo velista ad aver circumnavigato il globo in solitario su una barca inferiore ai 30 piedi. Autentico navigatore estremo ha nel suo palmares traversate oceaniche in piccoli catamarani open. Ha in cantiere la partecipazione al Vendée Globe 2012.

Il suo sito, le sue esperienze e i suoi progetti

Robin Knox-Johnston

Robin Knox-Johnston

Vincitore del Golden Globe e primo navigatore ad effettuare il giro del mondo non stop. Da qualche anno e’ di nuovo impegnato in regate oceaniche.

Tratto da wikipedia (lingua Inglese) la sua biografia.


Sir William Robert Patrick “Robin” Knox-Johnston, CBE, RD and bar (born 17 March 1939) is an English sailor. He was the first man to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe and was the second winner of the Jules Verne Trophy (together with Sir Peter Blake). For this he was awarded with Blake the ISAF Yachtsman of the Year award. In 2006 he became at 67 the oldest yachtsman to complete a round the world solo voyage in the VELUX 5 Oceans Race.



[edit] Life

[edit] Early life

He was born in Putney in London, grew up on The Wirral and was educated at the Berkhamsted Boys school. From 1957 to 1965 he served in the Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy. In 1965 he sailed his Colin Archer design sloop Suhaili from Bombay to England. Due to a lack of money he had to interrupt his voyage for work in South Africa and was only able to complete it in 1967.[1]

[edit] Family

In 1962 he married Suzanne (Sue), who he had known from the age of 8 and they had one daughter, Sara, who was born in Bombay whilst he was at sea. She left him when he proposed taking her and the child back to England in his new boat Suhaili, and they were divorced in 1967.[2] However, in 1972 they remarried and now have five grandchildren. She died in 2003.[3]

[edit] Circumnavigation of the Earth

The route of the Golden Globe Race.

On 14 June 1968 Robin Knox-Johnston left Falmouth in his 32-foot (9.8-meter) boat Suhaili, one of the smallest boats to enter the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Despite losing his self-steering gear off Australia, he rounded Cape Horn on 17 January 1969, 20 days before his closest competitor Bernard Moitessier, who subsequently abandoned the race and sailed on to Tahiti. The other seven competitors dropped out at various stages, leaving Knox-Johnston to become the first man to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and single-handed on 22 April 1969, the day he returned to Falmouth. He donated his prize money for fastest competitor to the family of Donald Crowhurst, who committed suicide after attempting to fake a round the world voyage.

In recognition of his achievement, he was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

[edit] Further Exploits

In 1970 (with Leslie Williams) and in 1974 (with Gerry Boxall) Robin Knox-Johnston won the two-handed Round Britain Race. Robin Knox-Johnston, Les Williams and their crew, which Peter Blake was also part of, took line honours of the 1971 Cape Town to Rio Race. Les Williams and Robin Knox-Johnston jointly skippered (Peter Blake crewmember again) maxi yacht Heath’s Condor in the 1977 Whitbread Round the World Race. They took the line honours in the second and fourth leg, the ones which Robin Knox-Johnston skippered.[citation needed]

Robin Knox-Johnston and Peter Blake (who both acted as co-skippers) won the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest circumnavigation in 1994. Their time was 74 days 22 hours 18 minutes and 22 seconds. It was their second attempt to win this prize after their first one in 1992 had to be aborted when their catamaran Enza hit an object which tore a hole in the starboard hull.

From 1992 to 2001 he was President of the Sail Training Association. During his tenure the money was collected to replace the STA’s vessels Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller by the new, larger brigs Prince William and Stavros S. Niarchos. He was trustee of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich from 1992 to 2002 and still is trustee of the National Maritime Museum – Cornwall at Falmouth, where Suhaili is berthed today. The yacht has been refitted and took part in the Round the Island Race in June 2005.

He was created a knight bachelor in 1995.[4]

In 1996 Robin established the first Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and has since worked with the Clipper Ventures company as Chairman to progress the race to higher levels every year.[5] It is perhaps his greatest achievement to have introduced so many people to competitive sailing via their involvement in Clipper Ventures.

He completed his second solo circumnavigation of the world in the yacht SAGA Insurance on 4 May 2007, finishing in 4th place in the VELUX 5 Oceans Race.[6] At 68 he was the oldest competitor in the race.[7]

In late 2008/early 2009 he took part in a new BBC program called Top Dogs: Adventures in War, Sea and Ice. The program sees him unite with fellow British legends Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the adventurer, and John Simpson, the BBC World Affairs Editor. The team go on three trips, each experiencing each others adventure field. The first episode, aired on 27 March 2009, saw Robin, Fiennes and Simpson go on a potentially very dangerous news-gathering trip to Afghanistan. The team reported from the legendary Khyber Pass and infamous Tora Bora mountain complex. The three also undertake a voyage around Cape Horn and an expedition hauling sledges across the deep-frozen Frobisher Bay in the far north of Canada.

Having served two years as President of The Cruising Association, Sir Robin is now the association’s patron.

[edit] Books


Donald Crowhurst

Donald Crowhurst

La storia di uno dei partecipanti al Golden Globe Race nel 1968-1969 che ha ispirato il film-documentario Deep Water.

Tratto da wikipedia (in lingua inglese) la sua biografia.

Donald Crowhurst (1932–1969) was a British businessman and amateur sailor who died while competing in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a single-handed, round-the-world yacht race. Crowhurst had entered the race in hopes of winning a cash prize from The Sunday Times to aid his failing business. Instead, he encountered difficulty early in the voyage, and secretly abandoned the race while reporting false positions, in an attempt to appear to complete a circumnavigation without actually circling the world. Evidence found after his disappearance indicates that this attempt ended in insanity and suicide.



[edit] Early life

Crowhurst was born in 1932 in Ghaziabad, British India. His mother was a school teacher and his father worked on the Indian railways. After India gained its independence, his family moved back to England. The family’s retirement savings were invested in an Indian sporting goods factory, which later burned down during rioting after the Partition of India.[1]

Crowhurst’s father died in 1948. Due to family financial problems, he was forced to leave school early and started a five-year apprenticeship at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough Airfield. He later received a Royal Air Force commission as a pilot, but was asked to leave the Royal Air Force. He later joined the British Army. After leaving the Army due to a disciplinary incident, he eventually moved to Bridgwater and started a business called Electron Utilisation Ltd. He was active in his local community as a member of the Liberal Party and in 1967 was elected to represent the Central Ward of Bridgwater Town Council.

[edit] Business ventures

Crowhurst, a weekend sailor, designed and built a radio direction finder called the Navicator. This device allowed the user to take bearings on marine and aviation radio beacons with a handheld device. While he did have some success selling his navigational equipment, his business began to fail. In an effort to gain publicity, he started trying to gain sponsors to enter the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. His main sponsor was English entrepreneur Stanley Best, who had invested heavily in Crowhurst’s failing business. Once committed to the race, Crowhurst mortgaged both his business and home against Best’s continued financial support, placing himself in a grave financial situation.

[edit] The Golden Globe

The route of the Golden Globe Race.

The Golden Globe Race was inspired by Francis Chichester‘s successful single-handed round-the-world voyage, stopping in Sydney. The considerable publicity his achievement garnered led a number of sailors to plan the next logical step — a non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world sail.

The Sunday Times had sponsored Chichester, with highly profitable results, and was interested in being involved with the first non-stop circumnavigation; but they had the problem of not knowing which sailor to sponsor. They solved this by declaring the Golden Globe Race, a single-handed round-the-world race, open to all comers, with automatic entry. This was in contrast to other races of the time, for which entrants were required to demonstrate their single-handed sailing ability prior to entry.[2] Entrants were required to start between June 1 and October 31, 1968, in order to pass through the Southern Ocean in summer.[3] The prizes offered were the Golden Globe trophy for the first single-handed circumnavigation, and a £5,000 cash prize for the fastest. This was a considerable sum then, equivalent to £58,100 in 2005.[4]

The other contestants were Robin Knox-Johnston, Nigel Tetley, Bernard Moitessier, Chay Blyth, John Ridgway, William King, Alex Carozzo and Loïck Fougeron. “Tahiti” Bill Howell, a noted multihull sailor and competitor in the 1964 and 1968 OSTAR races, originally signed up as an entrant but did not actually race.

Crowhurst hired Rodney Hallworth, a crime reporter for the Daily Mail and then Daily Express, as his public relations officer.[5]

[edit] Crowhurst’s boat and preparations

The boat Crowhurst built for the trip, Teignmouth Electron, was a 40-foot (12 m) trimaran designed by Californian Arthur Piver. At the time, this was an unproven type of sailing boat for a voyage of such length. Trimarans have the potential to sail much more quickly than monohulled sailboats, but early designs in particular could be very slow if overloaded, and had considerable difficulty sailing close to the wind. Trimarans are popular with many sailors for their stability; however, if capsized (for example by a rogue wave), they are virtually impossible to right, in contrast to monohulls, and this would typically be a fatal disaster for the boat’s crew.

To improve the safety of the boat, Crowhurst had planned to add an inflatable buoyancy bag on the top of the mast to prevent capsizing; the bag would be activated by water sensors on the hull designed to detect an impending capsize. This innovation would hold the boat horizontal, and a clever arrangement of pumps would allow him to flood the uppermost outer hull, which would (in conjunction with wave action) pull the boat upright. His scheme was to prove these devices by sailing round the world with them, then go into business manufacturing the system.

However, Crowhurst had a very short time in which to build and equip his boat while securing financing and sponsors for the race. In the end, all of his safety devices were left uncompleted; he planned to complete them while underway. Also, many of his spares and supplies were left behind in the confusion of the final preparations. On top of it all, Crowhurst had never sailed on a trimaran before taking delivery of his boat several weeks before the beginning of the race.

[edit] Departure and deception

Crowhurst left from Teignmouth, Devon, on the last day permitted by the rules: 31 October 1968. He encountered immediate problems with his boat and equipment, and in the first few weeks was making less than half of his planned speed. According to his logs, he gave himself only 50/50 odds of surviving the trip, assuming that he was able to complete some of the safety equipment before reaching the dangerous Southern Ocean. Crowhurst was thus faced with the choice of either quitting the race and facing financial ruin and humiliation, or continuing to an almost certain death in his unsafe boat. Over the course of November and December 1968, the hopelessness of his situation pushed him into an elaborate deception. He planned to loiter in the South Atlantic for several months while the other boats sailed the Southern Ocean, falsify his navigation logs, then slip back in for the return leg to England. As last place finisher, he assumed his false logs would not receive the scrutiny of the winner.

The approximate positions of the racers on January 19, 1969, including Crowhurst’s claimed, assumed and actual positions.

Since leaving, Crowhurst had been deliberately ambiguous in his radio report of his location. Starting on 6 December 1968, he continued reporting further vague but false positions and possibly fabricating a log book; rather than continuing to the Southern Ocean, he sailed erratically in the southern Atlantic Ocean, and stopped once in South America (in violation of the rules) to make repairs to his boat. A great deal of the voyage was spent in radio silence, while his supposed position was inferred by extrapolation based on his earlier reports. By early December, based on his false reports, he was being cheered worldwide as the likely winner of the race, though Francis Chichester publicly expressed doubts about the plausibility of Crowhurst’s progress.

After rounding the tip of South America in early February, Moitessier had made a dramatic decision in March to drop out of the race and recircle the globe. On 22 April 1969, Robin Knox-Johnston was the first to complete the race, leaving Crowhurst supposedly in the running against Tetley for second to finish, and possibly still able to beat Knox-Johnston’s time (due to his later starting date). In reality, Tetley was far in the lead, having long ago passed within 150 nautical miles (278 km) of Crowhurst’s hiding place; but believing himself to be running neck-and neck with Crowhurst, Tetley pushed his failing boat (also a 40-foot (12 m) Piver trimaran) to the breaking point, and had to abandon ship on 30 May. The pressure on Crowhurst had therefore increased, since he now looked certain to win the “elapsed time” race. If he appeared to have completed the fastest circumnavigation, his log books would be closely examined by experienced sailors, including Chichester, and the deception in all probability would be exposed. It is also likely that he felt guilty about wrecking Tetley’s genuine circumnavigation so near its completion. He had by this time begun to make his way back as if he had rounded Cape Horn.

Crowhurst ended radio transmissions on 29 June. The last log book entry is dated 1 July. Teignmouth Electron was found adrift, unoccupied, on 10 July.

[edit] Mental breakdown and death

Crowhurst’s behavior as recorded in his logs indicates a complex and conflicted psychological state. His commitment to faking the trip seemed incomplete and self-defeating, as he reported unrealistically fast progress that was sure to arouse suspicion. By contrast, he spent many hours meticulously constructing false log entries, often more difficult to complete than real entries, due to the celestial navigation research required.

The last several weeks of his log entries, once he was facing a real possibility of winning the prize, showed increasing irrationality. In the end, his writings during the voyage – poems, quotations, real and fake log entries, and random thoughts – amounted to more than 25,000 words. The log books include an attempt to construct a philosophical reinterpretation of the human condition that would provide an escape from his impossible situation. The number 243 shows up several times in these writings: he originally planned to finish the trip in 243 days, recorded a false distance of 243 nautical miles (450 km) in one day’s sailing (which if valid would have been a record day’s run for the race), and may have ended his life on the 243rd day (1 July) of his voyage.

His last log entry was on 1 July 1969; it is assumed that he then jumped overboard and drowned. The state of the boat gave no indication that it had been overrun by a rogue wave, or that any accident had occurred which might have caused Crowhurst to fall overboard. He may have taken with him a single deceptive log book and the ship’s clock. Three log books (two navigational logs and a radio log) and a large mass of other papers were left on his boat; these communicated his philosophical ideas and revealed his actual navigational course during the voyage.

Although his biographers, Tomalin and Hall, discounted the possibility that some sort of food poisoning contributed to his mental deterioration, they acknowledged that there is insufficient evidence to rule it out.

[edit] Aftermath

Teignmouth Electron was found adrift and abandoned on July 10, 1969 by the RMV Picardy (latitude 33 degrees 11 minutes North & longitude 40 degrees 28 minutes West). News of Crowhurst’s disappearance led to an air and sea search in the vicinity of the boat and its last estimated course. Examination of his recovered logbooks and papers revealed the attempt at deception, his mental breakdown and eventual suicide. This was reported in the press at the end of July, creating a media sensation.

Robin Knox-Johnston donated his winnings for fastest circumnavigation (£5,000) to Donald Crowhurst’s widow and children. Nigel Tetley was awarded a consolation prize and built a new trimaran.

Teignmouth Electron was later taken to Jamaica and was sold multiple times, most recently in 2007, to American artist Michael Jones McKean. The boat still lies in the dunes on the southwest shore of Cayman Brac.[6]


Personaggi della vela: Lo Spirito di Stella

Personaggi della Vela: Lo Spirito di Stella


Andrea Stella e’ partito. Da dicembre 2010 ad aprile 2011 da La Spezia ai Caraibi a bordo del catamarano “Lo Spirito di Stella” per il progetto

” I diritti solcano l’oceano”

Tratto dal sito lo “spirito” dell’Associazione.

L’Associazione “lo Spirito di Stella” Onlus nasce nel 2003 attorno all’esperienza del primo catamarano privo di barriere architettoniche “Lo Spirito di Stella”. L’imbarcazione rappresenta la realizzazione di un sogno personale di Andrea Stella: tornare a navigare nonostante la sedia a rotelle.
Andrea Stella nell’agosto del 2000 si trovava a Miami (Florida) per un viaggio-premio per la Laurea in Giurisprudenza conseguita poche settimane prima. Una sera, nel tornare a riprendere l’auto da un parcheggio inserito in una strada privata, scopre tre malviventi intenti a rubare il mezzo. Ha appena il tempo di scorgerli che uno dei tre, pur non minacciato, gli punta una pistola contro e lo colpisce con due pallottole ferendolo al fegato e ad un polmone. Stella trascorre 45 giorni in bilico tra la vita e la morte. Si riprende ma al risveglio deve ricostruire la propria esistenza da una sedia a rotelle per la lesione che una delle pallottole ha provocato alla colonna spinale.
Ripresosi dal tragico episodio Stella coltiva il sogno di tornare a navigare come in passato ma prende atto che al mondo non esiste un’imbarcazione nella quale una persona disabile possa essere autonoma sia per le esigenze personali sia per partecipare alle manovre veliche.


Con il fondamentale supporto della propria famiglia trova il modo di far realizzare il catamarano grazie anche alla collaborazione di numerose persone che si sono prestate per realizzare questo sogno.
Quando ormai mancano poche settimane all’uscita dell’imbarcazione dal cantiere nasce la constatazione che anima oggi l’Associazione: “Se abbiamo reso usufruibile, comodo e funzionale un mezzo tradizionalmente inaccessibile perché non utilizzare la stessa filosofia progettuale per migliorare gli standard di accessibilità delle nostre città, degli edifici e dei mezzi di trasporto? Perché in sintesi non si possono realizzare progetti integrati che consentano a tutti, indipendentemente da handicap o da limitazioni, di vivere meglio?

Un progetto che tiene conto delle esigenze di tutte le persone è un vantaggio per tutti perché quanto viene realizzato ha standard qualitativi superiori.
Nel 2004 Andrea Stella, accompagnato anche da velisti del calibro di Giovanni Soldini e Mauro Pelaschier, è tornato a Miami a bordo del suo catamarano partendo da Genova.
Attualmente l’Associazione cura numerosi progetti che vanno dall’attività velica gratuita dedicata a persone disabili ad una campagna concreta di sensibilizzazione per l’abbattimento fisico e culturale delle barriere architettoniche con incontri nelle Università e la promozione di un concorso internazionale di idee.


Recentemente l’Associazione ha promosso le attività della “Chiesa dell’Arte“, la prima scuola di arte plastica al mondo diretta da uno scultore non vedente – Felice Tagliaferri – e si sta impegnando nel progetto “Una casa per tutti” con l’obiettivo di creare un edificio che faccia da ponte tra la struttura ospedaliera e le famiglie a disposizione di persone che si trovano al termine della fase di ospedalizzazione postuma ad una lesione spinale.

Personaggi della Vela: Andrea Mura

Personaggi della Vela: Andrea Mura

Il profilo del campione in e



Nel 1985 e’ nata la Veleria Andrea Mura sail design.


Becacino del padre Sergio

Otto anni di squadra nazionale tra 420, 470 e 25 anni di attività velica maturati con : 2.000 ore di navigazione e test di attrezzature e vele, in collaborazione con la Veleria North Sails Italia, sulle 5 barche del Moro di Venezia e sul maxi Passage to Venice; con la Veleria Sobstad America sul 50 piedi Abracadabra; con la Veleria Ulmer e Kolius sul One Tonner Osama; collaudando vele su altre barche, da crociera e regata. Grazie all’esperienza acquisita, siamo stati in grado di soddisfare pienamente clienti esigenti come la Sardinia Yacht Charter di Paolo Farris, che , con il suo Il Grand Soleil 52 Hieracon, dopo aver percorso 20.000 miglia su e giu’ per l’Atlantico, ha messo a riposo, pienamente soddisfatto, il set di vele da noi prodotto nel 1989.

La Signora Adriana Polacci con Andrea Mura e Antonello Ciabatti

La Signora Adriana Polacci con Andrea Mura e Antonello Ciabatti, premiati con il Trofeo che ricorda la figura del vicepresidente Aurelio Gaetano Polacci. Trofeo assegnato al miglior Timoniere Juniores dell’anno 1981 insieme ad una Borsa di Studio per una specializzazione presso la Veleria madre North Sail San Diego

Ho iniziato andando in Flying Dutchman con mio padre, quando ero piccolo piccolo. Poi ho seguito un corso di vela e sucessivamente sono passato subito al 420. Già a 14 anni ho ottenuto i primi risultati: ero fra i primi tre in Italia. Poi l’anno dopo, a 15 anni, ero secondo agli Europei e a 16 e 17 anni ho vinto due titoli continentali. Andrea Mura riassume così l’inizio della sua carriera di velista quando il padre, Sergio, lo ha avviato alla difficile arte del navigare a vela. Erano gli anni in cui un gruppo di appassionati, gli stessi che costituivano il nucleo storico dello Yacht Club di Cagliari, tenevano viva l’impegnativa classe olimpica degli “FD”. Fra questi vi era Sergio Mura che pensò bene di far fare al figlio qualche bordo a vela nelle acque amiche della Sella del Diavolo. Da allora (primi anni 80) Andrea Mura ha collezionato un numero incredibile di successi e di titoli: un Italiano di 470 (1985) poi un secondo al mondiale juniores della stessa classe; un Italiano di Hobie Cat 16 (catamarano) e un secondo al campionato Italiano di “J24″ (piccolo cabinato di 7.5 metri), sempre nel 1985. Infine le affermazioni più prestigiose in America :

La coppia Mura - Ciabatti

La coppia Mura – Ciabatti all’età di 15/17 anni, due volte Oro agli Europei 420 + una volta Argento negli anni 1980/1982

la prima con “Abracadabra”, un 50 piedi (15 metri), l’altra con “Il Moro di Venezia”, al Campionato del Mondo, la terza al Mondiale dei Maxi, con la barca di Gardini “Passage To Venice”. Un crescendo di risultati che premiavano la crescita tecnica del giovane velista cagliaritano. Andrea Mura deve molto alla sua avventura americana. Quel ragazzino che durante le regate di Coppa America gli italiani hanno imparato a riconoscere accanto a Paul Cayard, mentre con la scotta della randa in mano e lo sguardo alla cima dell’albero era pronto a cogliere ogni minima esigenza di correzione della grande vela, oggi è cresciuto.

Non solo d’età. A 34 anni ha ancora l’entusiasmo e la passione che lo portano in barca ma anche la maturità e la consapevolezza delle sue possibilità e dei limiti imposti dalla tecnica.

470 Mura - Bricchetti

La coppia Mura – Bricchetti in 470 : Vice Campioni Mondiali Juniores in Austria nel 1983 e Argento ai Mondiali ISAF ad Aukland, Campioni Italiani nel 1985, 4′ ai Mondiali nel 1985.

Sì – ammette – il periodo americano è stato il più importante dal punto di vista professionale e tecnico. Mi ha insegnato a gestire un equipaggio, ad andare in barca con un Team. Molto importante è stata l’esperienza con “Abracadabra”: c’era il succo dell’equipaggio del “Moro” e siamo andati a combattere con i più forti velisti del mondo. Diciotto mesi a San Diego, in California, e altre sei a Palma oltre ad altre trasferte dalla Florida all’inghilterra al Giappone. Due anni di esperienze nuove ed emozionanti

Si direbbe un vero e proprio “master di vela”…
Sì, un “master” fatto con questi grandi professionisti. A un livello di preparazione e di sportività che non esiste a livelli inferiori. Perché a quei livelli ciascuno sa ciò che vale lui e sa quello che valgono gli altri. Sa esattamente cosa si deve dire quando si perde, cosa si deve fare quando si vince. Una cosa che mi ha colpito: ho trovato molta più umiltà a quel livello che non in occasioni più modeste. Quando uno perde fa i complimenti a chi vince, non sparisce o fa finta di niente, oppure non va alla premiazione.

Andrea & Cayard a New York

Oro nei Match Race sul J 35 a New York 1991 insieme a Paul Cayard

Queste cose sono inconcepibili per tutti. Mi ha colpito il rispetto massimo per il prossimo.

Andrea Mura è stato conosciuto dal grande pubblico come “Randista” del “Moro di Venezia”; oggi lo si vede soprattutto al timone. Cosa significa: vi è un’evoluzione e una maturazione tecnica?
No, l’aver fatto il “Randista” è stato per me un grande onore anche perché è il ruolo che ti tiene a più stretto contatto con il Timoniere, che in quella occasione era Paul Cayard. Stare al fianco di questa gente e capire, anzi sapere, quello che pensano significa che in qualsiasi momento so quello che vuol fare il Timoniere. Se mi è stato affidato quel ruolo era anche grazie a questo: Cayard sapeva che lo capivo e quindi lo mettevo sempre nelle condizioni di essere a suo agio.

Palma 1990

Allenamenti a Palma con Il Moro

Questo era molto importante perché ha dato l’opportunità a me stesso di stare al suo fianco e di, come dire, interpretare la sua parte. Quando questo lo fai per otto ore al giorno, per due anni di seguito in circa 2.000 ore di navigazione impari anche quello che non vuoi imparare e diventi quasi come lui, ragioni quasi come lui, la pensi quasi come lui, fai quasi quello che farebbe lui. Lo stimo molto come velista e come sportivo. Per me Paul Cayard è stato un grande maestro.

Una scuola superiore di vela ma anche una grande amicizia?

Scartavetrando le stecche della randa

In pausa dopo un lungo lavoro di carteggiatura delle stecche di carbonio della randa. Da Sinistra : Dudi Coletti, Luca Dignani, Marco Cornacchia, Andrea, Crhis Mitchael.

Sì, nel bene e nel male. Tante cose non le apprezzavo e non le avrei fatte. Però tutto questo oggi mi dà la possibilità di potermi comportare, nel mio piccolo, con un menagement di Coppa America e gestirmi l’equipaggio .

…tratto da un intervista fatta con l’amico di sempre GIANNI PERROTTO


Personaggi della vela: Marco Nannini

Marco Nannini

Giovane italiano ( anche se lui si definisce meta’ inglese avendo trascorso meta’ della sua vita in Inghilterra) impegnato nel mondo della finanza, ha abbandonato questa attivita’ nel 2006 per dedicarsi a tempo pieno alla vela e alla navigazione in solitario. Partecipa con successo alla OSTAR del 2009. Nonostante i suoi progetti lo volessero crescere gradualmente con barche e in classi minori nel professionismo, qualche mese fa ha acquistato un classe 40 e sta pianificando il suo sogno: Global Ocean Race 2011  attraverso la Route du Rhum 2010.

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