Human Interest
Franco de Denaro 1926-2016
By Paolo Rastrelli
Jan 20, 2016, 17:27

Franco de Denaro Has Left Us

The news of the death of Franco de Denaroleaves a great void in the world of Sailing. Born in Zara in 1926, with his strong and proud personality, he lived as a great helmsman and dedicated at least 70 years to the Star Class, the great love of his life and the most demanding form of Olympic racing.

As early as 1947 he was at the helm of "Fiammetta", during the Naples Italian Championship, in team with Pietro Straulino, brother of another sailing legend, Tino.

His passion for racing, which he could pursue in the spare
time from his intense career, at first in the Merchant Navy around the world, and then as harbor pilot in Venice, led him to take part in several Italian, European and World Championships, competing against some of the greatest helmsmen in the world.

With his return to Trieste in the mid-90s the local fleet came back to life, reaching under his command the remarkable size of 15 hulls, among which his former boat, "Basilisco", current Italian champion.

He has been and will be forever an example of unequalled sportsmanship and of the most romantic dedication to a life of sailing of the kind that no longer exists.

Please share your condolences and memories with his daughter Nicoletta de Denaro, electronically or Via del Lazzaretto Vecchio 4, IT-34123 Trieste (TS) Italy.

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