They were newcomers to the circuit in 2015 but made a very impressive debut, winning many races and from the very outset proving themselves to be serious contenders. Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec team has a strong Italian-Russian mix, and enjoys a truly cosmopolitan team line up. Bronenosec can match any team on their day. In 2016, they won races and finished second in Portals but also suffered from a few off days ultimately finishing sixth overall.
The crew finished fifth overall in 2017 with a strong finish in Menorca and a great second place in Porto Cervo. They proved their potential many times, but at times seemed unable to break into the top group and stay there. For Sardinia, veteran Tommaso Chieffi came in to work with Morgan Larson as strategist; in Portals, America’s Cup winner Ray Davies stepped onboard; and in Menorca, Francesco Bruni sailed in the afterguard. But all in all, their season was a little too up and down to finish better than fifth.
The Gazprom supported team are active in the RC44 class also and previously sailed in the Extreme 40s and Swan 60s and so the core group are well rehearsed, and a tight unit.