The Italian Sailing Federation - FIV - is the reference body of the Italian sports scene concerning sailing world. On April 13, 1927, it was founded officially upon the indication of CONI in Genoa and it was based at the headquarters of the Royal Italian Yacht Club. The first president was Luigi Amedeo di Savoia Duca degli Abruzzi. Today the federal office is still in Genoa, on the roof top floor of a skyscraper that dominates the city and the sea; the highest federal figure is entrusted to Francesco Ettorre who leads FIV since 2016.
The Italian Sailing Federation administers over 145,000 members divided in about 700 clubs throughout the Country and interacts with the Ministry of Education, University and Research relationships involving over 46,000 students of all levels.
Every year in Italy are exceeded more than 4000 sailing events on Regional, National and International character.
Alessandra Sensini (Youth Technical Director) and Michele Marchesini (Technical Director) lead the Italian athletes “Azzurri” in their path of sports growth, to the big dream: the Sailing World Cup and the Olympic Games. The right to way the high level represents for FIV a natural outlet for all those athletes who make sports and passion as a way of life.
The great family of the Italian Sailing Federation (10 Olympic disciplines and more than 80 sailing classes) collects all the water sports that caress and harness the wind in a sail: from traditional sailing boats, through the timeless windsurfing, the Paralympic sail and modern kitesurfing, to end up with new boats with foil. So many different ways to ride the waves, so many ways to feel all "son of the wind".