Gabriele Bruni, better known in the world of sailing as "Ganga", has just returned from the Tokyo Olympics where Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti, the Nacra 17 crew coached by him, won one of the 40 gold medals claimed in Italy's most successful Games ever.
In coordination with his Olympic commitments and in agreement with the Italian Sailing Federation, from this year Ganga has also taken on the role of coach with Young Azzurra, offering the YCCS youth team further opportunities for growth and improvement.
Ganga Bruni became a household name in Italy during the 36th America's Cup, thanks to his guest commentator slots on Sky TV and the internet. These were popular with a great number of Luna Rossa fans interested in his precise yet simple explanations, always delivered in his characteristic light hearted and likeable manner.
Hailing from the Circolo Canottieri Lauria in Palermo, Sicily, Ganga is a sailor with an enviable record as a Hobie Cat Tiger World Champion and a participant with his brother Checco in the Sydney Olympics on the 49er, a class in which they were also 4-time Italian champions. He participated in the 32nd America's Cup in Valencia as the strategist with +39 Challenge, a role he also held in the Louis Vuitton Trophy of 2008/09 as part of the relaunched Azzurra project (with brother Francesco at the helm on that occasion).