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Carlo Croce (ITA)

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Carlo Croce
9 September 1945


My philosophy if elected as ISAF President would be to lead ISAF as the best organization it can be continually seeking to improve. Through initiative, taking with others, I would like ISAF to deliver a unified vision for the sport, focus on reality and ensure the growth of sailing through identifying effective ways to contribute to its development. I would ensure ISAF is a dynamic, reliable, competent and vibrant organization which is respected, has integrity and credibility, effectively and efficiently operating in a continually evolving world. I have been involved in sailing all my life, with many key positions held in the sport, both as a volunteer and in commercial appointments, and am driven by a passion for the sport. I firmly believe that sailing has many opportunities ahead of it and am confident that my business focus and experience will enable me to lead ISAF to these.

Sailing Career

He started sailing aged 6 years old in a Dragon with his father, before graduating to the smaller Optimist. He raced Flying Juniors, then campaigned a Star with his brother and narrowly lost selection for the 1968 Olympics. He then moved into the Flying Dutchman and he reprerented Italy at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.After Olympic sailing, he developed a love of racing offshore, including the 3/4 Ton Cup 1/2 Ton Cup and 1 Ton Cup, often racing with Paul Elvstrom, who was a mentor to him. He has also competed in the Admiral's Cup, and numerous offshore races, including classics such the Fastnet Race and Giraglia

Sailing Administration

It was a natural step to become involved in the America's Cup, and in 1987 I was appointed CEO of Italia, going on to be involved in the 2001 Luna Rossa campaign, and President for the 2004 and 2007 Luna Rossa Challenges. A key part of my role was securing sponsors, and managing their ongoing involvement in our projects. The Volvo Ocean race has also been close to my heart, and I managed Giovanni Solidini's campaign, but despite raising EUR6.5 million, we were unable to meet the required budget to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Other Sports Administration

President of Yacht Club Italiano - 1987 to present
Key Achievements: reorganization and sailing school building development of the yacht club and reviving regattas with the support of Zegna, Pirelli, BMW, Rolex, Nespresso. Creation of BMW Match Race Academy events programme across Italy, which is now being expanded to eastern European markets.

In 2007 he became President of "Comitè Internazional de la Méditerranée", organization founded by Yacht Club del France, Yacht Club Italiano e Real Club Nautico de Barcelona and in 2009 he has been elected President of "Italia 70".

He has been Member of board of "Federazione Italina Vela" and became President in 2008; he is still in office.
Key Achievements: led FIV out of significant debt and implemented a focus on youth race training, particularly for 16-19 year olds, evidenced by Italy securing overall top nation across junior class World and European Championships. Established sponsorship partnerships with Prada, Pirelli and BMW.

He is Member of the Board of "Istituzione Musei del Mare e della Navigazione" the institution that administrates several association in Genoa, and first of all, the "Galata Museo del Mare" one of the most important See Museums.

Founder of Fondazione Nave Italia - 2007 to present
Key Achievements: launched this charitable foundation in partnership with the Yacht Club Italiano and Italian Navy to provide a sailing experience and contribute to the wellbeing of young people with intellectual and physical problems. Fundraising in 2011 reached EUR1.1 million and so far around 4,500 young people have benefited from the programme.

Nominating MNAs

AND Federacio Andorrana de Vela
ANG Angolan Federation of Nautical Sports
ALG Federation Algerienne de Voile
BLR Belarus Sailing Federation
BUL Bulgarian Sailing Federation
CHN Chinese Yachting Association
CRO Croatian Sailing Federation
CYP Cyprus Sailing Federation
ESP Real Federacion Espanola de Vela
FRA Federation Francaise de Voile
GBR Royal Yachting Association
GRE Hellenic Sailing Federation
HUN Hungarian Yachting Association
ITA Italian Sailing Federation
KGZ Sailing Federation of Kyrgyztan
KOS Kosovo Sailing Federation
LAT Yachting Union of Latvia
MAR Federation Royale Marocaine de Yachting a Voile
MLT Malta Sailing Federation
MON Yacht Club de Monaco
POL Polish Yachting Association
POR Portuguese Sailing Federation
ROU Romanian Yachting Federation
RUS Russian Yachting Federation
SLO Slovenian Sailing Federation
SMR Federazione Sammarinese Vela
SRB Serbian Sailing Association
SUI Swiss Sailing Federation
TUN Federation Tunisienne de Voile
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