Francesco Bruni (sailor)

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Francesco Bruni
Francesco Bruni in 2021.
Personal information
Nationality Italy
Born (1973-04-11) 11 April 1973 (age 51)[1]
Palermo, Italy[1]
Sailing career

Francesco "Checco" Bruni (born 11 April 1973) is a professional sailor from Italy, together with James Spithill, helmsman of Luna Rossa during the America's Cup 2021.[2]

He is the brother of the sailor Gabriele Bruni with whom he teamed up in 49er regattas during the 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia.


He has competed in the Summer Olympics three times, all in different classes. He finished 12th at the 1996 Olympics in a Laser, 11th at the 2000 Olympics in a 49er and 7th at the 2004 Olympics in the Star class.[3][4]

Bruni raced with Luna Rossa Challenge at the 2003 and 2007 Louis Vuitton Cups.[5] He skippered the Azzurra team during the 2009 and 2010 Louis Vuitton Trophy events and with Team Synergy in the 2010 Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai,[6] before re-joining to Luna Rossa Challenge for the 2011–13 America's Cup World Series and 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup.[7] When Luna Rossa withdrew from the 2017 America's Cup, Bruni joined Artemis Racing for the 2015–16 America's Cup World Series.[8][9]

He has also won the 2010 Congressional Cup, 2011 Match Race Germany and 2013 King Edward VII Gold Cup.[citation needed]


Year Competition Venue Rank Event Teammate Score
1996 Olympic Games United States Atlanta 12th Laser Solo 171.0 pts
2000 Olympic Games Australia Sydney 11th 49er Gabriele Bruni 134.0 pts
2004 Olympic Games Greece Athens 7th Star Guido Vignar 75.0 pts

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Francesco Bruni". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 14 December 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Vasco Vascotto: "Il doppio timoniere su Luna Rossa? Spithill e Bruni complementari"" (in Italian). 10 February 2021. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Sailor Biography".
  4. ^ "Francesco BRUNI - Olympic Sailing - Italy". 20 June 2016.
  5. ^ Rossa, Luna. "Francesco Bruni - Luna Rossa".
  6. ^ "Louis Vuitton Trophy - Teams Prepare to Race in Dubai: Press Release - from".
  7. ^ "America's Cup 34 - Azzurra Skipper Francesco Bruno Interview". CupInfo.
  8. ^ Racing, Artemis. "Helmsman".

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