Acknowledging Nucci's contribution to the sport, the ISAF President Göran Petersson said, "I am very proud to honour the contribution Nucci has made to sailing through the awarding of the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy. Nucci's passion for sailing was infectious, whilst her vitality, expertise and integrity benefited and guided many areas of the sport. Those who knew Nucci were fortunate to have worked with a dynamic, kind and generous individual - Nucci's legacy is immense."
On receiving the ISAF Beppe Croce, Giovanni NOVI commented, "We are all extremely grateful and proud of ISAF's decision to award Nucci the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy; at the same time we are very sad that she cannot see her family here, with all of you, during this special evening."
Nucci was dedicated to the sport of sailing throughout her life. An active and successful sailor, she cared deeply for the sport she loved.
In 1986 Nucci became involved with ISAF as a member of the Women's Sailing Committee. Elected Chairman in 1990, her tenure saw the introduction of new initiatives including the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships and Rankings, Women's Sailing Seminars and the increased representation of women across all of the sport's activities.
Nucci was appointed as the first women's sailing representative on the ISAF Council in 1997 and one year later she was elected as the first female Vice-President of the International Sailing Federation.
Nucci was tireless in her encouragement and mentoring of women who came to ISAF and as a Vice-President, Nucci's brief included overseeing match racing, team racing, anti-doping, disabled sailing, youth issues and all women's issues. Nucci brought energy, vision and dedication throughout her work with ISAF.
The Federazione Italiana Vela presented the trophy to the ISAF in memory of Beppe Croce, ISAF President from 1969-1986. Presented to an individual who has made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing, the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy roll of honour is an impressive one, including multiple Olympic medallists, rules gurus and designers, all have dedicated an outstanding amount of time to the sport of sailing:
1988 His Majesty King Olav V of Norway
1989 F. Gregg Bemis (USA) / Gerald Sambrooke-Sturgess OBE (GBR)
1990 Paul Elvström (DEN)
1991 His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain
1992 Olin Stephens II (USA)
1993 Paul J. Phelan (CAN)
1994 Jonathan Janson (GBR)
1995 Otto Schlenzka (GER)
1996 Henry H. Anderson, JR (USA)
1997 Carlo Rolandi (ITA)
1998 Peter Tallberg (FIN)
1999 Mary Pera (GBR)
2000 Livius Sherwood (CAN)
2001 Peter Siemsen (BRA)
2002 Jan Linge (NOR)
2003 John Tinker (CAN)
2005 Paul Henderson (CAN)
2006 Ken RYAN (IRL)
2007 Jacques ROGGE (BEL)
ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy - www.sailing.org/beppecroce.php