First World Foiling Congress set for Genoa

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The Foiling Organization, the global association of the foiling industry and its professionals, is organising the first World Foiling Congress in Italy from 18 to 19 April 2024.

The first World Foiling Congress, set to take place in Genoa, will bring together members of The Foiling Organization from all over the world and those interested in becoming members.

The event is is aimed at boat builders, boards, parts and accessories, naval architects and marine engineers, universities and research laboratories. The news comes after The Foiling Organization established its headquarters in Genoa earlier this year.

The Foiling Organization says it will be an opportunity to discuss many aspects and issues related to the foiling industry, which has seen exponential growth in recent years. On the agenda are topics including insurance, certifications, laws and regulations, intellectual property protection, global market data and trends, industry promotion, market access, research and innovation.

The event has the support of Genoa and the patronage of Confindustria Nautica (Italian Nautical Industry Association). The Foiling Organization is a Sustaining Member of the European Boating Industry (EBI) and the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA).

On the afternoon of 17 April, there will be a networking session for delegates to meet in an informal environment for discussions with other industry professionals and innovators.


The First World Foiling Congress will take place on 18 April at the Magazzini del Cotone, with the programme starting at 9:30am. Highlights include an overview of the modern foiling industry, by Buegame founder Luca Santella. Luca Rizzotti, president and founder of The Foiling Organization, heads a session entitled The Foiling Organization – Clear for take-off.

Later, Michelle van der Merwe of Pantenius, Sarah Allan of Penningtons Manches Cooper, and Rudy Jurg of TFO will join for a session called Collision course – New technologies versus build and operational compliance.

Erwan Faoucher, VP of innovation and sustainability at Beneteau, will offer insights into Sustainability in the industry: from LCA to the EU anti-greenwashing law.

On 19 April, guests will have the opportunity to visit some of the most important nautical infrastructures of the Genoa Nautical District, visit and possibly test foiling vessels.

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