joins the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV) in mourning for Carlo
Rolandi, who passed away on August 7th at the age of 94.
Carlo Rolandi was a very important Italian personality in the
international sailing world. He started racing very young in his
hometown, Naples, and participated in 9 Olympic games, from 1948 to
1992, the first 6 as a competitor, the other 3 as a Jury member.
He entered the FIV Council in 1965, became Vice-Chairman in 1977,
and in 1981 succeeded Beppe Croce as Chairman for 8 years. After
that he remained in the organization as Honorary President, and
delegate for the annual International meetings, continuing his
passionate contribution to the management of the sport until very
After competing in several Olympic Classes, he also raced on
offshore boats, and owned a Nicholson 33 for many years. As an
International Judge, many sailors will remember him at major
Offshore events. He followed the Italian Team at the Admiralís Cup,
and had been in the International Jury many times.
His vision for offshore sailing when he was FIV chairman was very
important in the establishment of the ORC rating rules in Italy,
starting with the IOR and later evolving to the IMS and current ORC
rules, and this has allowed Italy to become a leading country for
use of ORC.
His elegant presence, smiling face and friendly attitude will be
remembered by all sailors who had the chance to meet him.
Our condolences go to son Giggi, daughter Adele, and the several
grand children, who were very close to him especially after his
beloved wife Laura left us a few years ago.