Horacio Carabelli

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Horacio Carabelli
Horacio Carabelli. Ericsson 4.JPG
Horacio Carabelli
Personal information
Full nameHoracio Nicolás Carabelli Mari
Nationality Brazil  Uruguay
Born (1968-02-10) 10 February 1968 (age 52)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Sailing career
Class(es)Volvo Open 70, ILC25, Multimar 32, Snipe, Soling, Star, America's Cup

Horacio Carabelli (born 10 February 1968 in Montevideo) is a Brazilian, Uruguay-born sailor and engineer.

Early life[edit]

Horacio Carabelli was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in a family of sailors. Son of an Argentinian boat builder, Anibal Horacio Carabelli, and grandson of a naval captain, Carlos Mari, Horacio grew sailing at the Yacht Club Uruguayo.[1] As a child his hobby was to build very detailed ship and plane models. At the age of eight he started participating in national and international competitions in the Optimist sailing class. During his adolescence he sailed in Snipe class with Luis Chiaparro first and Christopher Shewe afterwards, competing in Snipe World Championships where he obtained the Vieri Lasinio Di Castelvero Trophy in two consecutive World Junior Championships (1984 and 1986).

Horacio and Luis Chiaparro also obtained the third place in the Open World Championship in La Rochelle, France 1987.[1] Horacio represented Uruguay in the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics together with Luis Chiaparro and Heber Ansorena, sailing in the Soling Class.

After finishing his high school studies Horacio moved to Florianópolis, Brazil, where his father sailed and built boats. Once in Brazil, Horacio became a full member of the Iate Clube Santa Catarina,[2] and continued sailing and working on his father's shipyard while studying naval design and engineering at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (U.F.S.C). Horacio has continued his sailing career participating in many international championships in different sailing classes while designing and constructing boats.

Sailing career[edit]

International Snipe class Sailing Championships[edit]

Horacio Carabelli obtained several awards in International Snipe World Championships:

  • Two golden medals in two consecutive Snipe World Junior Championships: in 1984 in Montevideo, Uruguay with Luis Chiaparro and in 1986 at the Lago di Garda, Italy with Christopher Schewe
  • Bronze medal together with Luis Chiaparro in the Snipe world Championship held in La Rochelle, France in 1987.

In 1990 Horacio Carabelli and Luis Chiaparro won the Snipe South American Championship held in Buenos Aires, Argentina and obtained two second places: in the Snipe South American Championships held in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil in 1988; and in Porto Alegre, Río Grande do Sul, Brazil in 1992. Horacio also participated in the Pan American Games that were held in 1987 in Indianapolis, United States of America and in the Northamerican Championship.

1988 Summer Olympic Games[edit]

Horacio Carabelli participated in the 1988 Summer Olympic Games held in Seoul, South Korea, and obtained the 16th place together with crew members Luis Chiaparro and Heber Ansorena.

Volvo Ocean Race[edit]

Team "Brasil 1" at the Volvo Ocean Race 2005–06 prize-giving ceremony.
Ericsson 4 in Rio de Janeiro

Horacio Carabelli has participated in three Volvo Ocean Race editions. At the 2008–09 Volvo Ocean Race Horacio obtained the first place with the Ericsson 4 team[3][4] commanded by Torben Grael together with Jules Salter, Guy Salter, Brad Jackson, Stu Bannatyne, Dave Endean, Joao Signorini, Ryan Godfre, Phil Jameson and Tony Mutter. After hard work, great enthusiasm and commitment throughout the race, the team established a new world record on the Volvo Ocean 70 class. They broke the world record for a monohull 24‑hour distance achieving 596.6 nautical miles (Distance of 596.6 nm and average speed of 24.85 knots).[5]

Sailing reporter Felipe Caruso stated in Brazilian sailing magazine 'Náutica' :

"Carabelli is always focused on Ericsson' 4 sails: no one knows the boat commanded by Torben Grael around the world better than him (...) Torben Grael's first time companion, the brazilian-uruguayan Horacio Carabelli is, also, the spirit of the leadering boat of the Volvo Ocean Race." [6]

During the 2005–06 Volvo Ocean Race Horacio Carabelli obtained the third place [7] on board of the Brasil 1 vessel commanded by the skipper Torben Grael together with Alan Adler, André Fonseca, Andy Meiklejohn, Joca Signorini, Kiko Pellicano, Knud Frostad, Marcel Van Triest, Marcelo Ferreira, Roberto Bermúdez and Stuart Wilson.[8] Horacio was Trimmer and Technical Director in the 'Brasil 1' team.[9][10] He enjoyed sailing around the world and crossing Cape Horn for the first time with the "Brasil 1" team and, as skipper Torben Grael stated in the interview done by Murillo Novais: Horacio Carabelli's role in the team was essential.[11]

In the Volvo Ocean Race 2011–12 edition Horacio was the Technical Director [12] of Team Telefónica with Skipper Iker Martínez and the following crew: Andrew Cape, Xabi Fernández, Neal McDonald, Pepe Ribes, Jordi Calafat, Joao Signorini, Pablo Arrarte, Antonio Cuervas-Mons, Zane Gills and Diego Fructuoso. Team Telefónica obtained the fourth general place after very tight regatta results.[13][14][15] [16][17]

America's Cup[edit]

America's Cup 2006–07, Victory Challenge

Horacio Carabelli has participated in the America's Cup international regatta since 2006. During the 2007 edition held in Valencia, Spain, he was the Mast Department Manager and Special Projects developer of the Swedish team Victory Challenge managed by Hugo Stenbeck. In the 2013 edition which was held in San Francisco, California, United States of America, he was the Wing Project Manager for the Swedish team Artemis.[18] At present, he is the Construction Coordinator of Team Luna Rossa, Italy which will be challenging the Oracle Team from United States on the next America's Cup edition in San Francisco, California, United States of America. [19]

Brazilian Championships[edit]

Horacio has participaten in several Brazilian Championships in different sailing classes: Optimist, Snipe, Laser, Star, Multimar 32, ILC25, among others. In 1999 his team – with Horacio as a skipper – obtained the first place at the IMS Brazilian Championship held in Ilhabela, São Paulo, Brazil in the Vmax4, ILC25.

Boat design and building[edit]

As an engineer, Horacio Carabelli does not only integrate his engineering skills while sailing, he has also carried out projects, constructions and designs regarding different types of vessels: yachts, motor yachts, schooners, monohull ships and multihull yachts.[20][21]

In yachting, Carabelli is well known for his Multimar 32' yacht project as the sailboats he designed have obtained important prizes in national and international IMS class competitions. Some of the Multimar 32 sailboats are: Gosto D'Água, Scirocco, Resgate, Mano a Mano, ESPN Brasil and Vmax. At the moment a Carabelli 30' sailing class is being made from his design by a Brazilian shipyard.[22]

Between 2001 and 2004 Horacio Carabelli was in charge of the construction of a 156-foot motoryacht constructed by Abeking & Rasmussen Luxury Motor Yacht in Germany.

In 1997 he also designed and built his own ILC25 and many of the sailboats made won national and international championships.

All in all, Horacio Carabelli has designed and built sailboats of the following classes:

  • 71´ Motor sailer
  • 65´ Cold molded cruising schooner
  • 56´ Fast Cruising Sailboat
  • 54´ Fast Cruising Sailboat
  • 53´ Fast Cruising Sailboat
  • 45´ Full Carbon Fast Cruising Daysailer
  • 42 IRC Sailboat
  • 32´ RIB
  • 37´ Lobster Motor Yacht
  • 32´ IMS Racing Sailboat
  • 25´ Cruiser/Racer Production Sailboat
  • 25´ ILC/IMS Sailboat
  • 23´ Sportboat


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  3. ^ "Barco de Torben Grael é campeão da Volta ao Mundo e Brasil comemora pela primeira vez". Oglobo.globo.com. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Massive Turnout For 3rd RYA Holt Ranking Series 2004". sailing.org. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
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  6. ^ Náutica. N° 249. May 2009. G.R.Um Editora Ltda. Sao Paulo, S.P. p. p. 116, 117.
  7. ^ "Ocean Race: Brasil 1 fecha o pódio na regata de volta ao mundo". Oglobo.globo.com. 17 June 2006. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  8. ^ "2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship Declared Open". sailing.org. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Brasil 1 vai completar a segunda etapa da Ocean Race". Oglobo.globo.com. 6 January 2006. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  10. ^ Novaes, Murillo; Taborda, Felipe; Sergio A. de Mello e Souza (Dir.)(2009): O Desafio Brasil 1: a aventura brasileira na volta ao mundo. RFK Publicacoes culturais. Rio de Janeiro.p. p. 37, 48, 58, 59, 119, 130, 138, 139
  11. ^ Grael, Torben (2006): Lobos do Mar. Os brasileiros na regata de volta ao mundo. Editora Objetiva. Río de Janeiro.
  12. ^ "Director Técnico Team Telefónica. Horacio Carabelli". Teamtelefonica.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  13. ^ "El "Telefónica" sale a la luz. Horacio Carabelli trabaja en el astillero". Teamtelefonica.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Referente en actualidad empresarial y económica". La Información. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Horatio Carabelli and Neal McDonald on the Telefonica VO70". Thedailysail.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Horacio Carabelli, el Padre del Team Telefónica". Nauticalnewstoday.com. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Regata News - Horácio Carabelli:" A entrada de um atleta brasileiro , aproxima a nova geração do esporte"". regatanews.com.br. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  18. ^ "America's Cup. Team Artemis. Wing Project Manager". Artemis-racing.americascup.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Construction Coordinator. Team Luna Rossa, Italy. America's Cup". Lunarossachallenge.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Carabelli Design". Nautica.com.br. Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Reference to Carabelli´s projects". Inema.com.br. Archived from the original on 30 August 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Carabelli Design and engineering". Icsc.com.br. Retrieved 19 May 2018.

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