Ar­min Strom Sail­ing Team

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It is easy to un­der­stand why Ar­min Strom (Swiss Watch Man­u­fac­ture) se­lected Flavio Marazzi for the high-tech GC32 Class: he’s prob­a­bly the finest Swiss all-rounder in the sport. Flavio has a dis­tin­guished ca­reer in the Star, nar­rowly miss­ing out on podium fin­ishes at two Olympics out of four. He also fin­ished sec­ond twice in the Star Worlds and won the Star Euro­peans in 2007. Flavio is gen­uinely multi-tal­ented, also clock­ing up suc­cesses in the more clas­sic boats, in­clud­ing six World Cham­pi­onship vic­to­ries in the In­ter­na­tional 5.5-me­tre Class. The Ar­min Strom Sail­ing Team de­buted in 2013 and spent a fur­ther year shak­ing down a com­pletely trans­formed boat pack­ing L-foils and T-rud­ders on its car­bon-hulls that al­low it to foil and reach speeds in ex­ceed of 35 knots. ASST ar­rived at the in­au­gu­ral GC32 Rac­ing Cir­cuit 2014 event in Traun­see, Aus­tria, last spring, with a good mix of owner-driv­ers and pro­fes­sional sailors, in­clud­ing Chris Draper, Francesco Bruni, Tom Slingsby, Paul Camp­bell James, Se­bastien Col and Jes-Gram Hansen. Three months later, ASST won its first event in Mar­seille ahead of Se­bastien Col and GDF Suez. A suc­cess that came in a week of flat wa­ter and ideal con­di­tions of 8-18 knots - proof pos­i­tive of just how quickly the team mas­tered the art of foil­ing. The fleet then im­me­di­ately headed to the States, where the GC32 win­ter cal­en­dar spanned the Quantum Key West re­gatta and a sec­ond event in Mi­ami. Flavio has said he is “look­ing for­ward to the first GC32 Rac­ing Cir­cuit in Europe in 2015 with 6-10 boats on the line and great foil­ing ac­tion around the course. Foil­ing in big cata­ma­rans in a big fleet has never been tried be­fore. It is an ab­so­lute first!”. This fan­tas­tic ad­ven­ture has been made pos­si­ble also by the support of Ar­min Strom, an in­de­pen­dent watch­mak­ing man­u­fac­ture based in Biel/Bi­enne, which melds the finest watch­mak­ing prac­tices with the most in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies avail­able. Its limited edi­tion mod­els, such as the For­mula 1-ded­i­cated Rac­ing Col­lec­tion, are a par­tic­u­lar favourite with col­lec­tors. Marazzi has been a brand am­bas­sador for its Wa­ter mod­els since Ar­min Strom ded­i­cated one to his Olympic par­tic­i­pa­tion at Lon­don2012.

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