Gianni Cariboni, the inventor who made sailing easier – VIDEO


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Gianni Cariboni
Gianni Cariboni is the Epic 2024 Sailor of the Year. To him the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Sailing Newspaper

There is only one question we asked ourselves in the newsroom when the GdV Jury decided to award the Lifetime Achievement Epic Sailor of the Year award to Gianni Cariboni: “Why didn’t we do it sooner?

Gianni Cariboni, Epic Sailor of the Year 2024

The answer is simple. In fact, it is in 2024 that Cariboni will be celebrating its first 40 years in business. There could have been no better occasion to celebrate the Italian genius of Bellano-born Cariboni, 75.

As a child on Lake Como, he took tourists out as a paddler just to be on a boat. Today he is considered the world’s foremost expert on hydraulics and hydraulics applied to sailing. There is no America’s Cup or super custom boat that does not mount a Cariboni system.

He invented the canting keel, devised cylinders that are works of art, thought up cutting-edge rigging when he was dealing with masts. Today Gianni Cariboni does not stop looking ahead, searching for the next innovation: always with a goal. Making sailing easier.

And without forgetting the two key lessons of Giulio Carcano, the designer who was his mentor: the first, “learn to listen to everyone in the design phase.” The second: “Things are right when they are breaking down but they don’t break down.”

In this video we made Gianni Cariboni tells his story and design philosophy, we recommend you watch it!

The inventor

In the video, he tells his story, from his origins from his time as an airman in the Air Force Nautical Section, his experience with Canclini in making trees, his meeting with Luca Bassani, another great inventor to whom sailing owes much, and much more.

He is credited with the development and implementation of the first, as well as the most modern, canting keels, and his company was the first to make possible the implementation of all the servo-assisted systems we now call, simply,“easy sailing.”

The video – Gianni Cariboni

Our video interview with Gianni Cariboni is divided into twenty short chapters, here they are:

00:00 Introduction
00:20 Like children on the beach
01:05 Everything starts with a blank sheet of paper
01:55 The beginnings
03:00 The Flying Boats
04:10 Inventors make mistakes
04:30 Speed
05:20 Easy Sailing
05:50 Singing Keel
06:50 My design philosophy
07:12 The boats that “park”
09:10 My co-workers
10:00 An important woman
10:30 The carbon
10:45 The Wood
11:00 Good as bread
11:30 As high-strength titanium
11:50 Like steel, malleable
12:10 The importance of always doing new things
13:00 Quit?



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