The return of the Rascals


Vincenzo Onorato with his new skipper/helmsman
Vincenzo Onorato with his new skipper/helmsman
We speak to Vincenzo Onorato's new AC skipper, Gavin Brady
After two America’s Cup campaigns with his Latin rascals, Italian shipping magnate Vincenzo Onorato is getting serious. His team’s club, the Club Nautico di Roma, is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup and the new look Mascalzone Latino team looks set to be an A-lister, no longer mostly Italian, and with Annapolis-based Kiwi Cup veteran Gavin Brady at the helm. Before the 33rd America’s Cup even took place, Onorato was already gearing up with the announcement of Audi as their principle sponsor. The German car maker has previously sponsored Riccardo Simoneschi on the Audi MedCup and despite these hard economic times appears to be ramping up their involvement in sailing even more with their recently announced AC involvement. Brady himself has competed in the last four multi-challenger ACs, the first one in 1995 with Chris Dickson aboard TAG Heuer and most recently in 2007 was with BMW Oracle Racing. While he hasn’t sailed with Onorato before he says he has sailed against him a lot. “I have confident in his management stylea nd I always knew he was passionate about the America’s Cup – he’s done it twice now – that says it all. So it was a good option.” Brady says he had been talking to Onorato about competing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy since December at which time his boss was patiently awaiting the outcome of the 33rd America’s Cup. “He was hoping for a win by Oracle and that happened. He has a good relationship with Russell and Larry, so it seemed like a natural fit to become the Challenger of Record for him. He is as passionate about the America’s Cup as Larry and he has got the bug. So this is what he wanted to do.” So what about Karl Kwok? Brady

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