Carlo Rolandi 1926 - 2020

8 AUgust 2020


ORC 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 recently.

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.




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