Vladimir Liubomirov is the Commodore of the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg and skipper of a Swan 60 as well as a RC44 under the same name: Bronenosec. This is his second year with his first TP52. The boat is a Botin design, sistership to Azzurra 2015 and build by King Marine in Valencia. Liubomirov was Russian Sailor of the Year in 2012. Tactician, like on the RC44, is Michele Ivaldi, certainly no stranger to TP52 racing.

In 2015 Bronenosec finished 5th overall and was in close contention for 3rd till the last few days of the final event in Cascais. In 2016 the team finished 6th overall mixing good events with not so good ones. Consistency will be the key to get on stage more often for 2017.

Crew (2016):

1 Vladimir Liuborimov RUS Helm
2 Michele Ivaldi ITA Tactician
3 Adrian Stead GBR Strategist
4 Francesco Mongelli ITA Navigator
5 Paul Westlake AUS Main
6 Victor Serezhkin RUS Runner
7 Claudio Celon ITA Trim Upwind
8 Zach Hurst RUS Trim Downwind
9 Emanulele Marino ITA Grind
10 Pietro Montovani ITA Grind
11 Andy Fethers AUS Pit
12 Michele Cannoni ITA Mid bow
13 Alex Kulakov RUS Floater
14 Alberto Barovier ITA Bow