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5 February 2024

Italy en route to Paris 2024

The Paris 2024 Olympics are only six months away and athletes are training and competing worldwide to take part in the regattas to be held in Marseille from 28th July to 8th August. In the leadup to sport’s crowning event this Summer, the composition of the Italy’s national team set to represent the Italian Sailing Federation at the Olympics, led by technical director Michele Marchesini, is gradually taking shape.

A great deal of changes have been made by the International Olympic Committee together with the international World Sailing federation with regards to the format of the upcoming Olympic regattas, which will involve 10 boat classes. Four of them will feature both men’s and women’s crews: the iQFOiL class (the foil sailboard that replaced the RS:X sailboard used at the Beijing Games), the Formula Kite class, the ILCA 6 (former Laser) class and the doublehanded 49er class. Adding to these will be two mixed-crew boats: the Nacra 17 and 470 classes. 

A total of 330 athletes will be competing in Marseille on 252 boats, of which eight will be Italian taking part in seven classes. Nicolò Renna (a Fiamme Oro athlete from Circolo Surf Torbole and coached by Adriano Stella), who last Saturday in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) won the world title in the iQFOiL class, adding his name to those of Marta Magetti (iQFOiL world title in 2022) and Alessandra Sensini, winner of the RS:X world championship in 2006 and 2008.

Now all that remains is for the Italian Sailing Federation’s Federal Council and Council President Francesco Ettorre to officially submit Nicolò Renna’s candidature to represent Italy at the Olympics to the Italian National Olympic Committee and thus complete his membership process to become part of the national team.

A process that has already been completed for two crews so far. On 19th January the Italian Sailing Federation put forward the first names of the Italian sailing team to the Italian Olympic Committee CONI: for the ILCA 6 Class, that of Chiara Benini Floriani, an athlete from Fraglia Vela Riva who sails representing the Italian Financial Police force the Guardia di Finanza (or Fiamme Gialle), and for the doublehanded 49er FX, those of Jana Germani (Y. C. Cupa) and Giorgia Bertuzzi (Fraglia Vela Malcesine), both athletes sailing under the Italian Navy.

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