The Poland team certainly has one ace hidden up in their sleeves, the experience. Vasco Vascotto is the captain, about 50 years old and 25 World Titles wins in his pockets, a real star in Italy and such a charismatic character, he will soon lead every boat he steps onto. His right wing man is Francesco Bruni, one of Luna Rossa’s helmsmen at the recent America’s Cup after winning with great margin the challengers series, the Prada Cup. Vasco is from Trieste – way north – and Checco is from Palermo – way South, they’re the perfect mix together.
Italy’s got a long tradition in monohull fleet racing, and they expect to be among the last ones standing in the knock outs, fighting like Gladiators in the Colosseum. The Gladiators is indeed their nickname and their emblem represent an helmet.