The World Foiling industry gathers in Genoa for its first congress

The World Foiling industry gathers in Genoa for its first congress

The World Foiling industry gathers in Genoa for its first congress

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27/03/2024 - 19:25

On April 18th in Genoa, the first World Foiling Congress will bring together members of The Foiling Organization from all over the world and those interested in becoming members.

The event is organized by The Foiling Organization and is aimed at boat builders, boards, parts and accessories, naval architects and marine engineers, universities and research laboratories.

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: insurances, 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 EBI (European Boating Industry) and ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations).

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

The First World Foiling Congress will take place on April 18th at the Magazzini del Cotone, with the program starting at 09:30.

Provisional program of panels and speakers
"The foiling industry: a look into a very present future" - Luca Santella, Founder and Head of Production Strategy at Bluegame

“The Foiling Organization - Clear for take off” - Luca Rizzotti, President and Founder of The Foiling Organization

“Certifications and Technical Qualifications for foiling crafts” - Ulrich Heinemann of the International Marine Certification Institute and Kristoffer Uulas of DNV

“The Recreational Craft Directive Review: an opportunity for the foiling industry” - Stefano Pagani of Confindustria Nautica, Klaus Roeder of ICOMIA and Alberto Carmagnani of RINA

“Collision course – New technologies versus build and operational compliance” - Michelle van der Merwe of Pantenius, Sarah Allan of Penningtons Manches Cooper and Rudy Jurg of TFO

“Sustainability in the industry: from LCA to the EU anti greenwashing law” - Erwan Faoucher, VP Innovation and Sustainability of Beneteau

“The price of ideas: IP and Foiling” - Andrea Klein of AKRAN and Francis Hueber of Caponnetto Hueber SL

“Energy and propulsion: what does the industry need” - Floris Lettinga of Yanmar, Jean Francois Nicolino of EHP2 and Chris Ballin of TYDE

“Genova, a roadmap to city foiling and public transport” - Mario Caponnetto of Caponnetto Hueber SL


The following day, April 19th, 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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