Born on 9 September 1958, he has been the skipper of Grampus since 2004.
His passion for sailing dates back to 1974, he’s considered a maestro di mare (a de facto "sailing master") and he especially likes offshore sailing. Paolo lives in Genoa and has three children. In the past he worked as a trader of raw materials and later in IT for a large multinational. Since 2004 he’s been employed by the Yacht Club Italiano and is in charge of all its offshore sailing courses. He’s a certified National Instructor (no. 1964) for dinghy and offshore sailing and, in this capacity, works with the FIV (Italian Yachting Association) to help train other instructors and with ISAF in tuition for the Offshore Personal Survival Training Course, which is mandatory for entrance in ocean races. Paolo has vast yachting experience.
He started racing in FJ, S class, 470 and Tornado dinghies before moving to offshore competition. He has sailed all over the Mediterranean clocking up a huge number of miles. From 2001 to 2013 he played an active part in the non-profit initiative Matti per la Vela, sailing around the Italian coast to Trieste and participating in the Barcolana regatta with mentally challenged young people. Paolo has always put safety first and is an expert in the field; he collaborates with ISAF in the continuous research, development and updating of courses in survival at sea (click here). He has also honed and perfected his soft skills, taking part in many training courses dealing with interpersonal relations. All in all, his skills and organisational capacity make Paolo Vianson one of the most popular and sought after skippers and sailing instructors around.