Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - New skipper Flavio Zamboni
by Isabel Hokken on 6 Apr 2012
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Scottish entry Edinburgh Inspiring Capital will have Italian yachtsman Flavio Zamboni take over as interim skipper at the end of the Pacific Ocean crossing. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital is currently in Oakland, California.
Edinburgh Inspiring Capital leaves Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore. www.howiephoto.com/onEdition
Flavio, a 38-year-old yachtsman, who was born in Venice and lives in Southampton, UK, has a competitive racing background. He won the first ever RORC Caribbean 600 Race in 2009, and has been notching up a number of ‘first in class’ results in a variety of regattas in Europe and the Caribbean. As an experienced skipper of large yachts he has numerous Atlantic crossings under his belt, and has also competed in the Tall Ships Race on a boat run by the Italian Navy.
Furthermore Flavio knows what is required of the world’s longest yacht race, having worked for Clipper Training for the last two years, training crew members to prepare them for the rigours of ocean racing and has been working with Clipper Ventures in a freelance capacity since 2006.
He said, 'I am looking forward to meeting the Edinburgh Inspiring Capital crew and discussing with them their goals for the next few races. I hope I can help them fulfil their potential. We will have a week or so on shore before the start of the next race to Panama, which will give us some time to get to know each other. I hope we will be able to take the boat out sailing for a day to help with the settling in process.'
Born in Venice, Flavio graduated from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia with a degree in Law before becoming a professional sailor. He has brought a little Italian flair to Southampton, UK, where he now lives and can be seen riding around on his Honda Hornet.
He adds, 'As an Italian, I can guarantee to improve the quality of food on board!'
Flavio joins Edinburgh Inspiring Capital in Oakland, California, ahead of the start of Race 10 of Clipper 11-12. He replaces Gordon Reid who has been skipper since race start in the UK and has stood down for personal reasons. Flavio will be interim skipper until a permanent replacement can be appointed.
The fleet will set sail for Panama, on Saturday 14 April.
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race website