Carlo Croce

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Administrator
Full nameCarlo Emilio•Croce
Used nameCarlo•Croce
Born9 September 1945 in Genova (Genoa), Genova (ITA)
Measurements177 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsYacht Club Italiano, Genova (ITA)
NOC Italy


Carlo Croce, born in Genova, is the son of Beppe Croce, president of the Italian Sailing Federation form 1964-80 and of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) from 1969-86. Carlo was a sailor in the 1970s and with his bowman Luciano Zinali, he took part in two Olympic Games in the Flying Dutchman Class, placing 11th place in 1972 at Kiel, and 16th at Kingston in 1976. Croce also placed fifth in this class at the 1975 World and finished second and third at the 1971 and 1975 Mediterranean Games.

Croce competed in many offshore races such as the Admiral’s Cup, the One Ton Cup, and Fastnet, where he won a race in the ½-Ton class. In 1987 he was project manager of Consorzio Italia, which was the first challenge of Yacht Club Italiano of Genova for the America’s Cup. He was also President of the Consorzio Luna Rossa Challenge in the 2007 Valencia edition. In collaboration with the Italian Navy, Croce founded the Tender To Nave Italia Onlus Foundation to help and to contribute to needier people on the brigantine Nave Italia.

Croce was President since 1997 of the prestigious Yacht Club Italiano. He became President of World Sailing (former ISAF) in 2012 but he was defeated by the Dane Kim Andersen in the 2016 election.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Sailing ITA Carlo Croce
Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy, Open (Olympic) Luciano Zinali 11
1976 Summer Olympics Sailing ITA Carlo Croce
Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy, Open (Olympic) Luciano Zinali 16

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
President World Sailing 2012—2016 ITA Carlo Croce

Olympic family relations

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