It is with great sadness that ISAF reports that Sergio Gaibisso (ITA) has passed away, aged 84.
Born in 1929 in the coastal town of Alassio, Italy, Gaibisso held key roles nationally and internationally.
Gaibisso dedicated many years of his life to sailing, becoming a popular figure in the process and inspiring many generations of sailors.
After many years of competitive sailing, Gaibisso turned his attentions to the administrative side of the sport and in 1989 was elected as President of the Federazione Italiana Vela, a position he held through to 2008.
Gaibisso's influence was evident internationally and he became an International Judge in 1982. In 1983 Gaibisso's involvement with the then International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU) commenced as he became part of the Women's Committee through to 1986.
The Italian was part of the Keelboat Committee from 1987 to 1994 and then became an Events Committee member from 1995 to 2000.
Gaibisso's influence at the World Governing Body grew and in 1998 he became a member of ISAF Council. Gaibisso was a member of ISAF Council through to 2012.
ISAF expresses its sincere condolences to Gaibisso's family and friends in the sailing world.