ARMIN STROM SAILING TEAM

The ARMIN STROM Sailing Team is the longest serving on the GC32 Racing Tour. Skipper Flavio Marazzi, who famously represented Switzerland in the Star keelboat at no less than four Olympic Games, was the first to buy into the GC32 class and has since become an accomplished foiling catamaran skipper. Last season this Swiss team finished second at Copa del Rey MAPFRE and was third in Riva del Garda.

CREW

SKIPPER/HELM: FLAVIO MARAZZI

Age: 39
From: Switzerland

Four Olympic campaigns in the Star class, twice runner-up to ISCYRA World Championship, European and South American Champion, his favourite result is the World title in the 5.5 class with his father and brother in 2002: the first World Champion Family!

At the end of 2012, he purchased the first GC32 from the drawings, the boat subsequently transformed into a foiler following the America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2013. At the helm of ARMIN STROM Sailing Team for three seasons, last year the team finished third with a crew mostly comprising young sailors selected during two months of trials in New Zealand.

COACH: FRITHJOF ‘FRIDA’ KLEEN

From Germany
London 2012 – Star 6th

German Olympic Star crew in London 2012 and a superstar in the former Olympic keelboat, Frithjof has in recent years taken up coaching alongside sailing. He is the winner of many titles both in the Olympic classes and on big boats such as the TP52 and Swan 45s, in which he won his first world title. Professionally his most important result was the 2nd place at the ISAF World Championship in 2011 in Perth, which enabled him to get the berth for Germany at London 2012. He also won the Star World Championship in Malcesine in 2013 and holds Dragon and Star European titles.

ERIK HEIL

Age: 27
From Kiel/Berlin, Germany
Rio 2016 – 49er bronze medal

Aged 9, when he started sailing he wasn’t keen on it but he would hang out to the Yacht Club in Berlin and it came natural to jump on boats. He started on a Teeny, a two person dinghy, sailing with the same crew he would later go to Rio 2016 and win bronze in the highly competitive 49er, a boat he’s been sailing since 2008. For Heil, From the results came immediately in the Olympic skiff  claiming the Junior World title and coming 7th at the Worlds in 2012, gaining them RIo 2016 selection. While his best result was from Rio, his favourite results was the first World Cup he won in Palma in 2013, up again all the stars of the class.

IAGO LOPEZ MARRA

Age: 26
From Portosin, Galicia, Spain

Iago started sailing Optimists aged 12 by chance, but, with sailing, it was love at first sight. He moved to Santander to study Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering while crewing on a 470 and then the 49er. After graduating he got to sail on bigger boats, like Esimit Europa 2, a Soto40 and a Swan 80. In December 2014 a colleague from University, Diego Botin, invited him to join him in a 49er campaign for Rio 2016. He decided this was his opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games, where they finished 9th. Still together, their sights are now set on Tokyo 2020.

ALAIN SIGN

Age: 31
From: UK
Rio 2016 – 49er – 6th

Alain started sailing aged 10 on the Solent, with his brothers at local regattas. A more professional career started on a Topper when he was talent spotted by a coach. He graduated on to crewing a 29er and on to the 49er in 2002, where he says he prefers running around being energetic rather than staying on the helm. In 2004 after winning the 29er Worlds on Lake Silvaplana he started dreaming of going to the Olympics and it became reality in Rio 2016, 10 years after he started campaigning the 49er. Aside from winning the 29er Worlds, his best results were bronze at the 49er Worlds in 2016 prior to Rio 2016. But his favourite was his 5th place at the 49er Worlds in the Bahamas in 2009, his first good and most promising result in the Olympic skiff.

FREDERICO MELO

Age: 29
From: USA/Portugal

Although born in the USA, Frederico has always competed for Portugal and was one of only two ARMIN STROM Sailing Team crew who competed for the full GC32 season last year. He began sailing in Portugal, his parents’ country, in Cascais, when he was about 10. From Optimists he moved to Lasers and loved it. Growing fast, he moved onto the Finn and eventually the Star, crewing for Alfonso Dominguez and going to London 2012 aged just 25. He now sails in many different classes, from Dragons to Stars, from big boats to GC32s. His best results include a second at the Junior Radial Worlds, plus a second at both the Junior Finn Europeans and Worlds and winning the Dragons Europeans.

TRIMMER: SHANE DIVINEY

Age: 25
From: Ireland

Shane sailed with ARMIN STROM Sailing Team throughout 2016. He started sailing in Ireland aged 11 and after finishing University took up match racing winning the New Zealand and Ireland Junior Nationals on the same year. Among his best results since ten are last year’s 3rd place on the GC32 Racing Tour and winning class in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Shane says he loves racing offshore just as much as he does foiling boats and hopes to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race one day, but is fully committed to the GC32 for 2017.

BOAT CAPTAIN: ANDREW TURTON

Age: 42
From Queenland, Australia

Andy started sailing when he was very young on Australia Gold Coast’s. While he’s competed in plenty of offshore races and round the cans, he is now an internationally recognised boat builder with a CV that includes America’s Cup campaigns, like Victory Challenge and top TP52 teams, such as Quantum Racing, Ran and Interlodge. Last season he worked for Pierre Casiraghi’s Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco GC32 and having met Frida when he was with the TP52 Container campaign, he received the call to join ARMIN STROM Sailing Team. His love of the ocean is such that with some friends he founded Seabin, a device designed that retrieves plastic from the water in marinas and ports.

TEAM RESULTS

2013
GC32 Austria Cup – 2nd
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week – 2nd

2014
GC32 Austria Cup – 6th
Marseille One Design – 1st

2015
Quantum Key West Race Week – 1st
GC32 Austria Cup – 5th
GC32 Cowes Cup – 1st
GC32 Kiel Cup – 5th
GC32 Trofeo di Roma – 4th
Marseille One Design – 5th

2016
GC32 Riva Cup – 3rd
GC32 Malcesine Cup – 6th
GC32 Copa del Rey MAPFRE 2nd
GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande – 4th
Marseille One Design – 7th
Overall: 3rd

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