Born in Lecco in 1966 Paolo, a former gymnast, began sailing in 1986, quickly reaching the most challenging and competitive racing circuits. He participated, as bowman, in two Withbread Round the World Race onboard the 60' Brooksfield (1993-1994) and onboard the 60' Merit Cup (1997-1998). Between 1998 and 2007 he was part of the Luna Rossa team as bowman and boat captain. With Luna Rossa Paolo also participated in the STP65’s season as pitman (2009), and then became project manager and shore team manager of theTP52 'Audi All4One (2010-2012). This is his fourth America’s Cup.