Skipper named for Esimit Europa 2
With the christening of the Esimit Europa 2 maxi yacht now two weeks away, so America's Cup helmsman Italian Flaio Flavnini has been announced as the skipper of the yacht which was previously Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo.
Eight-time World champion in different classes, three-time European and 20 Italian champion, Flavini will play a vital role in securing Esimit Europa 2 victories in the world's most prestigious regattas.
Flavini, 47 was first introduced to sailing as a child by his father, himself an accomplished sailor. He started sailing in the Optimist class, moved on to the Laser in his teens and later continued his career in the Finn and Soling. “Sailing is my passion that I enjoy immensely. Winning with every crew I join is the motivation I need to achieve excellent results in the largest regattas all over the world," said Favini. “As the skipper on the Esimit Europa 2 yacht I will focus entirely on leading the crew and achieving our final goal - winning all the regattas we compete in this year."
Igor Simčič, the new owner of Esimit Europa 2 and the project's General Manager added: “Sailing is a team sport and it is important for the team to act as one. The skipper’s role is crucial in achieving this goal and I am happy that Flavio Favini, one of the most successful sailors, will bring his invaluable experience to our team. The 26-member crew brings together highly motivated individuals and we believe that with the help of our main sponsor, Gazprom, we will be able to realize our dream – to take the flag of the European Union to the European sailing throne."
Also announced in the crew is Vasilij Zbogar, one of the most successful Slovenian sailors.