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Carlo Croce (ITA)

No ALT tag specified Name: Carlo Croce
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 09 09 1945
Nationality: Italy
Residence: Italy
First Language: Italian
Other Languages: French, English


It has been an enormous honour for me to serve as World Sailing President. As a sport, we have achieved a great deal over the last four years and there is real momentum across the organization.

Of course we face new challenges and opportunities and I do have a sense of 'unfinished business'. One of the key reasons I am seeking a final term as President is to ensure that the challenges that lie ahead are sailed safely and that the many significant opportunities to grow our sport, at every level, are secured.

I now want to see through a period of real reform in World Sailing's governance in order to modernise and become much more efficient and effective as a Federation. Change is underway and I would be honoured to help continue that change over the next four years. Part of my job as World Sailing President going forward would be to ensure that we not just meet new governance standards, but exceed them, and become a benchmark amongst International Federations.

In the sport of Sailing, we need also to be responsive to the International Olympic Committee's [IOC] Agenda 2020. We are in a changing Olympic world and working together, and in full consultation with the Sailing Family, we must be creative, look at our events on the Programme and embrace innovation. And on Para Sailing, for me returning the sport to the 2024 Paralympic Games is a key priority.

Looking to our own flagship events, the new Sailing World Cup strategy has the real potential to boost our sport's global profile, increase participation and bring new fans to Sailing. This should be done? in partnership with sponsors and broadcasters and we must also ?be open to the ideas of new host cities. We need to look at other opportunities including Offshore Sailing, which is an important area of our sport and one of genuine untapped potential. If we do this correctly, and build the right consensus, it would benefit the whole of Sailing in the years ahead.

I also believe that World Sailing should become a powerful voice in driving ocean sustainability, and that we use our unique reach and influence to lead change and become guardians of the sea. I passionately believe in this important new influencing role for World Sailing - it is the right thing to do for our sport and we have a responsibility to follow this through.

As I look ahead, I am encouraged and optimistic as we enter a new era with confidence and a willingness to be creative.

It is this vision of growth, modernisation and innovation, while respecting our sport's great traditions, that would underpin my vision for World Sailing if I am granted the great honour to serve a final term as your President.

I am passionate in my ambition to see Para Sailing return to the Paralympic Games in 2024 and that our submission to the International Paralympic Committee to achieve this in 2017 must be powerful, robust and compelling.

There are a number of things that? we are doing, and must continue doing, to help support the case for Para Sailing's return, including:

-Reducing Para Sailing Classes from three to two in order to make the sport more accessible and cost effective, with a focus on one and two person events

-Consistent participation of more than 32 nations in the Para Sailing World Championships

-Appointing a World Sailing Para Sailing Manager and committing additional funding for the Paralympic Development Programme

-Continue with the integration of Para Sailing and able bodied calendars and promotional opportunities, such as the Sailing World Cup

-Creating a training 'buddy' system for emerging Para Sailing nations to share knowledge and expertise

"I am confident that the ambitious ideas I have outlined are not only deliverable, they would also herald an exciting

new era of growth for our organisation and for Sailing."

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 represented 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 a 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 Fasnet 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 project. The Volvo Ocean race has also been close to my heart, and I managed Giovanni Soldini's campaign, but despite raising EUR 6.5 million, we were unable to meet the required budget to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Roles within World Sailing

World Sailing President - 2012 to present

Other Sports Administration

President of Yacht Club Italiano

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 now being expanded to eastern European markets.

President of Federazione Italiana Vela - 2009 to 2016

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.

Founder of Fondazione Nave Italia -2007 to present

Key Achievements: launched this charitable foundation in partnership with the Yacht Club Italinano 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 EUR 1.1 million and so far around 4,500 young people have benefited from the programme.

Nominating MNAs

Chinese Taipei
Great Britain
New Zealand
Puerto Rico
San Marino
Trinidad & Tobago

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