On Saturday, December 19, 2020, the new president of FIV, the Italian sailing federation, is elected. We already know who he is. The new president is Francis Hector who is the only candidate for president. Ettore, who has already been president of the IVF for the past four years, gave us an interesting, no-nonsense video interview.
“The IVF is the federation for all sailors, from those who start with Optimist to those who crew in offshore races.” This is the universal message that the president is keen to reiterate.
The folly of the World Federation
In the interview he tells interesting background. Like the stormy meetings of Word Sailing (the world sailing federation) where, he says, “It’s crazy that four years before the next Olympics in Paris 2024, we still don’t know what the new offshore boat (mixed doubles cabin cruiser) will be raced in.” And he reinforces his opinion, “the vision of Word Sailing is geared more to marketing…business than to the athletes. They, the athletes, are the essence of the Olympics, the ones who create the spectacle that must remain sporting…the best in the world must go to the Olympics. And it is they who must be protected first and foremost.”
How does the IVF want to improve
Ettore in this video interview traces his vision on the future of sailing, what the Federation is doing to be more efficient, less bureaucratic, closer to the enthusiasts and sailing clubs, the difficulties of the pandemic and relations with the Ministry.
Hector does not deny the problems, but he has clear ideas about what can be improved. You will want to listen to what he told us, just hours after his re-election as president of all of us sailors. Good viewing.
Who is Francis Ettorre
Born in Giulianova (Teramo) in 1970, married with a son and a Certified Public Accountant, Francesco Ettorre began as a racer for many years in the dinghy and Olympic classes, sailing instructor, club executive and later peripheral and central federal executive until becoming vice president and then president of FIV since 2016. He is elected in late December again as president for a second term.
- 17 December 2020