Not quite out of left field, but this rapid Italian owner-driver had been off the major sailing scene for some 25 years as he built his business empire. Now with a little more time on his hands he is cleaning up in the Melges 32 class in Europe (with the irrepressible Vasco Vascotto at his shoulder) and is also doing a thoroughly good job in the Mini Maxi class having purchased the former Rán 72 from Niklas Zennström
Why they won
‘Roberto deserves this prize, not only as a great owner-driver, but also because with his commercial skills he runs what is perhaps the most professional organisation in a class where the standard is already extremely high!’ – Annamaria Mihcich; ‘My most sincere praise for Roberto, but we should also save a few plaudits for Roberto’s tactician on so many of his boats... Vasco Vascotto!!!’ – Maurizio Zanon; ‘Absolutely the best at their game... Roberto and Vasco!’ – Gabriele Fano; ‘Roberto of course!’ – Gianni Sirello.