The team of Russian businessman Vladimir Liubomirov, Bronenosec joined the circuit in 2015 and made a very impressive debut, winning many races and from the very outset proving themselves to be serious contenders as a well organised and resourced group. Liubomirov is a significant sailing fan and races with his team on other circuits and regattas in Europe as well as the 52 SUPER SERIES.
They continued to compete well in the middle order group but at the same time always threatened to pull off a regatta win. The crew placed fifth overall in 2017 with a strong finish in Menorca and a welcome second place in Porto Cervo.
But that regatta win proved elusive and owner-driver Vladimir Liubomirov took a year out from the circuit in 2018. He and the Russian flagged team came back last year, 2019, with a brand new build Botin boat, and indeed theirs remains the newest TP52 in the fleet this year.
At the outset American Morgan Larson was supported by Croatia’s Sime Fantela. The Olympic 470 gold medallist steered for most of the season. They came very close to winning in Puerto Sherry in 2019, very much in the final reckoning in the last race but the title went to Provezza. Nevertheless they had a solid 2019 season and finished in fourth overall.
And in Cape Town last year where Larson steered they also finished fourth.
Changes for 2021 see many times MedCup and 52 SUPER SERIES champion Vasco Vascotto step into the tactician’s role working alongside Morgan Larson who will be the principal helmsman. Maciel ‘Checho’ Cicchetti (ARG) joins as trimmer. They certainly have the potential to finish on the podium this season.