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Rustler 36

Boat Name: BiBi

Status: provisional

The Skipper

From Milan, Italy

Andrea Lodolo: whose very name is synonymous with unyielding determination and vocation for new ventures. Andrea’s journey from young sailing enthusiast to seasoned maritime CEO and investor, reads like a seafarer’s tale penned for the modern age.

As a young child, Andrea was captivated by the allure of open water, mesmerised by the diverse watercrafts he saw. This started with a sailing dinghy as a kid, followed by venturing into windsurfing as a teenager, all laying the groundwork for him to undertake formal maritime education at the prestigious Warsash Maritime Academy. While attending Warsash, Andrea participated in numerous sailing events as crew and skipper which laid the foundation to his continuous interest in sailing.

His career since has been highlighted by innovative entrepreneurial ventures helping to digitise and modernise the maritime industry. Andrea has carved out a reputation as a highly revered figure, respected for his business acumen and for challenging the norm to make a significant impact within maritime as it progresses to meet its new challenges.

The Challenge of the Golden Globe Race

Accepting the challenge thrown down by the Golden Globe Race, Andrea has rededicated himself to the elemental joys of sailing. Aboard his cherished Rustler 36, Bibi, which has undergone a professional retrofit with this race in mind, Andrea is diligently refining his seafaring skills to face the trials that lie ahead. Come the starting gun, Andrea’s singular ambition is to be irrefutably “fit for duties.”

For Andrea, the GGR is more than just a race; it is a transformative journey, an expedition back to the rudiments of life and sailing. Through this endeavour, he wants to inspire others through a legacy which will serve as a testament to the power of passion, perseverance and the enduring connection between humanity and the sea.

Sailing Experience

Over the years, Andrea’s maritime journey has amassed 10,000 nautical miles in offshore sailing, which includes one solo transatlantic crossing.

Best and Worst Aspects

The lure of the open sea offers Andrea an intoxicating disconnection from our technologically tethered world. He cherishes the liberating detoxification from the unceasing digital noise and the constant connectivity of modern communication. Yet, the seclusion of the sea carries its own burdens: the prolonged detachment from loved ones, coupled with the inability to share or partake in their lives. It’s a poignant sacrifice, but one that Andrea accepts as part and parcel of this monumental journey.

Andrea envisions this race as a profound journey for himself and for those he inspires. As he sails into the great blue yonder, Andrea aims not only to connect to the sea himself but also to be an inspiration for others to elevate their human spirit and embolden them to undertake their own life-altering journeys.

The Boat

Boat NameBiBi
Boat TypeRustler 36
DesignerHolman & Pye
BuilderOrion Marine Ltd
LOA35.33ft / 10.77m
LWL26.92ft / 8.21m
Beam11.00ft / 3.35m
Draft5.50ft / 1.67m
Displacement16805 lbs / 7623 kg
Sail Area693sq. ft / 64.38sq. m

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