Mauro Pelaschier, the first Italian sailor “by profession”

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We are introducing you to the 30 legends of sailing. Now it’s your turn to choose the greatest sailor of all time.

30 Sailors of History QOK.qxd:Layout 1Pelaschier represents a turning point in Italian sailing. Born in 1949 in Monfalcone, Gorizia, Italy, into a family of shipwrights and great sailors (his uncle Hannibal, a three-time Olympian, inspired the name of Monfalcone’s Hannibal marina), he won nine Italian Finn titles between ’64 and ’77 and participated in the ’72 and ’76 Olympics: with this resume, he was ready for the America’s Cup and in ’83 he was at the helm of Azzurra: he reached the semifinals of the Louis Vuitton Cup and a great media fame.

photo1058Mauro is able to realize his dream: to make a living from sailing. The first professional sailor in Italy, he served as an example to many young people to devote themselves body and soul to racing. In 2007 he returned to the America’s Cup, serving as coach of the Mascalzone Latino team.

Because: He first proved that we can make a living from sailing. With Cino Ricci, he helped popularize sailing in Italy through the Azzurra adventure.

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Paul Cayard
Francis Chichester
Dennis Conner
Russell Coutts
Laura Dekker
Michel Desjoyeaux
Alexander Di Benedetto
Vito Dumas
Paul Elvstrom
Ambrose Fogar
François Gabart
Torben Grael
Francis Joyon
Robin Knox-Johnston
Ellen MacArthur
Bernard Moitessier
Mauro Pelaschier
Loick Peyron
Cino Ricci
Alessandra Sensini
Ernest Shackleton
Joshua Slocum
John Soldini
Agostino Straulino
Eric Tabarly
Vasco Vascotto

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