The Captains are the leaders of their team. They can be onboard or just coordinate. They are all heroes in the country they represent, legendary sailors who can inspire the younger generations and the athletes that join the team. The Captains choose five of ten sailors, the other five are coming from the SSL Ranking, making the Captains selection even more strategic as they have to take into consideration different aspects, like experience on big boats, strength, weight, and much more.
During his career, Rodion Luka, the captain of SSL Team Ukraine has come a long way, from youth classes to steering yachts on the Volvo Ocean Race. Among his achievements are medals from the Olympic Games and gold at the World and European Championships, in the Olympic class. In total, he climbed the world championships podium seven times in different classes of monotypes. A true leader, with experience and high performance in four Olympic Games, will certainly lead the team to the top of the SSL Nations Gold Cup.