Education / Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science
Institute “G. Marconi“ (Rovereto) 1993
Yachtmaster license for sail boats and motor boats
Level 1 F.I.V (Italian Sailing Federation) Instructor
VDWS International Instructor License for Dinghies
Sailing – Coaching Career / Experience
Very experienced junior sail coach specialized in the management of athletes starting from a young age on a variety of junior dinghies.
Recognized as one of the top experts in junior dinghy coaching worldwide, not only for my 20 years’ experience but especially because of the consistency of international achievements obtained throughout the years and in different classes. My expertise spans from the very competitive Optimist
and, more recently, to the RS Feva
class, in which I have been the only non-English coach to achieve internationally relevant results.
I have coached athletes who have won several world and European Championships and are now distinguished sailors within the international sailing community.
In my career I also contributed to the development of sailing in Italy and throughout the world by collaborating with many clubs and Federations. During shorter periods with small federations such as San Marino and Antigua I was able to bring great improvements in terms of results as well as in management boosting the growth of these second-tier countries in the sailing world.
Employment History as a sailing coach and main achievements obtained by my athletes
1994 to 1995
: OPTIMIST Team Coach at Fraglia Vela Malcesine sailing club on Lake Garda (http://www.fragliavela.org
National and international experiences.
Athletes’ individual results:
5th Female at European Championship, Turkey. 1994
3rd Female at World Championship, Finland. 1995
1st Female at Mediterranean Championship,
1996 to 2001 : OPTIMIST Team Coach
at Circolo Vela Toscolano Maderno sailing club on Lake Garda (www.cvtmaderno.com). Worked as Head Coach as well as manager of all racing activities.
Formed the best generation of young Italian sailors that later scored outstanding results:
– Olympian: 2004 Games (Ingling Class), 2008 Games (470 Class), 2012 Games (470 Class), 2016 (49er FX). Also winner of many international Match Race events and recent winner of the 49er FX European Championship 2015.
– Olympian: 2012 Games (49er).
– 1st place 470 Junior European Championship, 3rd place 470 Junior World Championship.
– International Coach (worked for Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Austria, Chile) for Youth Classes as well as Olympic Classes.
Riccardo Di Paco
– Italian National Optimist Team Coach.
– Argentinian National 420 & 470 Youth Team Coach
2002 to 2009: Head Junior Racing Teams Coach
(Optimist, Laser, 420, RS Feva) at Circolo Vela Torbole (www.circolovelatorbole.com). Revived the racing activities to create what became one of the best youth sailing epicenters in Northern Garda Lake, with more than 30 sailors: during these years all racing teams of the club reached important results on the national level. Collaborations with the Finnish Sailing Team brought Pierre Collura to win the Laser 4.7 World Championship and then participate in the 2008 Olympic Games in China.
In these same years (2002-2009), collaborations with relevant sailing companies (Olympic Sails, Winner Optimist) made it possible to organize many high-performance clinics with more than 60 participants each, from 10 different nationalities.
2010 to 2015: Head Junior Racing Teams Coach (Optimist, RS Feva) at Circolo Vela Toscolano Maderno and Circolo Vela Gargnano (www.centomiglia.it). Relevance on the global scale for the RS Feva Class, for both technical aspects and racing results.