Event Partners

Riccardo Simoneschi (ITA)

Name: Riccardo Simoneschi
Year of Birth: 1959
Nationality: Italian
Residence: Italy
First language: Italian
Other languages: English (fluent), Spanish (medium low)

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Candidates Goals

Here is a short list of my priorities if elected:

  1. Guarantee MNAs will have regular access to WS financial information based on best practice and transparency
  2. Improve reduction of WS Operating Expenses. Among others, trough the use of modern technologies and securing a free of cost, international standard, WS premises for the next quad.
  3. Refocus WS to be a Service Organization supporting the Sport, MNAs, Clubs and Classes in order to "promote" our sport in the world
  4. Promote the "Constitution Reform" in transparency and understanding of all stakeholders, with attention on the decision-making processes, the existence of Council, and the implementation of a COI (conflict of interest) charter
  5. To use personal past and present relationship to improve transparent relationships with the IOC in general and toward the "base" of WS stakeholders
  6. Reducing costs of Olympic Campaign,withspecialfocusfornext "quad" assuring a period of stability
  7. Increase consideration and integration of all the disciplines of Sailing, inshore and offshore
  8. Improving "access to sailing" around the World, with special attention to Future Generations and Emerging Nations in cooperation with the MNAs, making Sailing more appealing to the "Z generation" for girls and boys.
  9. To support "women sailing" around the world to get a real "gender equity"
  10. To increase the attendance of younger generations of volunteers to participate WS life and activities in the committees and commissions

To refresh "WS" in a "WS 2.0" it will need to be focused only on the growth of our sport and not on personal goals and to fully committed to make of WS a "Model Federation" able to promote and develop our sport, in the best integrity.

Sailing Career

  • 1972, I started sailing at my hometown Yacht Club, the Yacht Club Italiano in Genoa, the oldest YC in the Mediterranean.
  • 1975, I started racing in the Flying Junior class
  • I sailed many diferent Classes at Professional level: FD, FINN, STAR, ETCHELL, TP52, MAXI, IMS, ORC, OFFSHORE, PLATU25, MUM30, LIBERA. MELGES 24, 32, and 20, M32 High Speed Cats, L30 and I'm still sailing.
  • 1985 to 2018, I made extensive experience of the "fundamentals" of racing boat construction and boatyard management from "building" several STAR, two TP 52 and other IMS ofshore boats (from 42 to 52 feet).
  • Results as Helmsman:
    1 World Title, 1 European Title, 4 World ranking, 4 European ranking
    9 times on the podium at World and European Championships in Ofshore, Olympic and International Classes 10 National titles in 6 diferent countries in Olympic and International classes
    34 International Events victories in Ofshore, Olympic and International Classes
    120+ time on the podium at International Events
    34 International Events victories in Ofshore, Olympic and International Classes, such as Miami Sorc (2 times best boat of the week), Key West Race (2 times best boat of the week), the "Florida Circuit", the Kieler Woche (4 times, plus one Kaiser Pokal - the fnal race of the winners) and the Bacardi Cup among others.

Sailing Administration

International Classes and YCs

  • President of the ISCYRA (International Star Class Yacht Racing Association) from 1997 to 2004
  • President of IM24CA (International Melges24 Class Association) from 2010 to 2014 (as Class president I hold the record of the two most attended Class World Championships of the history, either in the Star and M24, with over 130 teams each)
  • Life member of the ISCYRA
  • In 2007 I was awarded of the prestigious Harry Nye Trophy that recognizes an individual's outstanding contribution to the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association.

Member of 4 Yacht Clubs:

  • Yacht Club Italiano, (Genoa, Liguria) where I have been member of the Board of Director for seven yrs. and covered the roles of Sport Director, Director of the Sea School "Beppe Croce" and Responsible of the Racing Team (YCI is the oldest YC in the Mediterranean organizer of the Rolex Giraglia Race)
  • Yacht Club Porto Rotondo (Porto Rotondo, Sardinia), former member of the "board of director"
  • Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (Porto Cervo, Sardinia), member
  • Yacht Club Cortina d'Ampezzo (Cortina d'Ampezzo, Veneto) honorary member

Other Sports Administration

  • 2012 to 2016 I've been involved in the "promotion branch" of H2o s.a., that is the Organizing Company of the two major UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) powerboat World Championships (Class 1 and F1) and the Aqua-bike World Championship, that have an established base in the UAE.
  • 1994 to 2020 I also worked for other diferent sport disciplines such as skiing, golf, automotive. Including several steps of the SKI WORLD CUP supporting the AUDI sponsorship and the Maserati Ski Tour.
  • I also worked in the "entertainment" supporting internationally renewed artists (Shakira, Lola Ponce, RMC and other Italian artists).

Roles within World Sailing

  • 2000 to 2004 ISAF CLASSES Committee
  • 2004 to 2008 Equipment Committee
  • 2008 to 2012 Vice President of WS Equipment Committee
  • 2012 to 2016 Vice President of WS Events Committee
  • 2016 to 2020 Event Committee Member.

I obtained (together with former WS president Paul Henderson) the reinstatement of the Star Class into the Olympic Games after her elimination for 2000 O.G. obtaining the 11th medal for sailing working in close relationship with the IOC President and his staf.

  • I was one of the key promoters of the origination of the ISAF Olympic Classes Commission;
  • I served in several "evaluation panels" and "working parties" on many diferent topics of sailing.




  • I'm the AD of the Company" SimBroker srl empowered by Aon".

Sport advisor

  • Consultant to the municipality of Genoa in relation to Genova 2024 European Capital of Sport and the next TOR "the Grand Finale". Member of the steering Comm. of "Genova the grand Finale" of the TOR.
  • I cooperate with Gazzetta dello Sport, Barcolana, Difesa Servizi (a company that belongs the Italian Ministry of Defense) and other private companies in other sport, social and cultural projects.
  • I'm member of the Direction Team at the Sport Academy Europe of Bruxelles (BEL) an Institution working in cooperation with several International and national federation in various sports
  • I'm enrolled in the Order of the Italian Journalists.



  • 1981, I started working in the family company very young.
  • This was an insurance Broker Firm, specialized in the Afnity group P.I. and professional coverages, developing it into a leadership frm in the professional P.I. market where I built an extended marketing experience as well as my business competence initially developed on the UK where I lived for almost two years.
  • I developed the Company from local to national level and started a network of 450 qualifed agents across the Italian country.
  • 2019, I merged the company with Aon, the world's biggest Insurance Broker.

Sport marketing Sailing

  • 1994, I funded a Sport Marketing Company, BPSE Sports Events with the primary intent to support my personal sport profession.
  • 1994 until 2015, BPSE has been the deviser and the manager of the strategies of the Audi brand in Sailing. For the Brand I devised and created some of the very frst "sailing circuits", named "Sailing Series ®" of which I still own the patent.
  • 1994 to 2020 (27 yrs.), BPSE devised and organized, among others, over 450 national and international sailing events supporting a long list of the most important YCs in the Med.
  • 2006 to 2010 I managed a TP52 campaign, covering all the fnancial, management, communication and fund rising aspect
  • 2015 to 2017 I have organized the M32 Mediterranean Series
  • 2019 I have been appointed as "head of the organizing Committee" (by Yacht Club Italiano and Federazione Italiana Vela) of the HWCS Genova.
  • BPSE SRL has closed its activity during May 2020.

Nominating MNAs

Antigua & Barbuda Sailing Association, Azerbaijan Sailing Federation, Bahamas Sailing Association, Barbados Sailing Association, Belize Sailing Association, Cayman Islands Sailing Club, Czech Sailing Association, Federacion Dominicana de Vela, Federacion Mexicana de Vela, Federacion de Vela de Puerto Rico, Hellenic Sailing Federation, Hungarian Sailing Federation, Israel Sailing Association, Italian Sailing Federation, Jamaica Yachting Association, Libyan Sailing Federation, Norwegian Sailing Assocation, Polish Yachting Association, Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club, Russian Sailing Federation, Sailing Federation of the Ukraine, Singapore Sailing Federation, Trinidad and Tobago Yachting Association, Tunisian Sailing Federation, Turkish Sailing Federation, US Sailing, Virgin Islands Sailing Association

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