We’re beginning the series called Sail Talk organized in the occasion of the Swan Sardinia Challenge. The first speaker is Francesco ‘Checco’ Bruni, tactician aboard the ClubSwan 36 Fra Martina owned by Edoardo and Vanni Pavesio. After the first day of the Swan Sardinia Challenge the team is in third place overall.
Bruni, It’s your first day of racing in quite some time on a boat that isn’t a full foiling hull. How are you finding it?
I like One Design racing because the best team wins. I’m very happy to be back sailing on a “normal” monohull and I’m especially happy to be here in Porto Cervo.
You’re in Porto Cervo racing while wearing a button down shirt. How do you feel in this usual outfit?
It’s an idea the owners, the fantastic Pavesio brothers, had: to have us race wearing proper shirts. I think it’s original and interesting, but I surely wouldn’t have been able to sail dressed like this in the America’s Cup.
How does sailing change when you’re with an owner/driver?
It’s different, you need to keep a 360 degree vision instead of just focusing on tactics. I really like sailing with Edoardo and Vanni, they’re great owners with years of experience in One Design Classes.