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Video: Luca Devoti talks yachting with Juan K

by Luca Devoti 2 Oct 2020 11:01 BST
Luca Devoti speaks with Juan Koujoumdijan about world sailing © Luca Devoti

Luca Devoti has skippered an America's Cup campaigns, won an Olympic Silver medal, and now he is campaigning to join the World Sailing Board. As part of his bid, he is interviewing high profile sailors from around the world and getting their views on what should be the future of the sport.

Juan K illustrates his personal life and experiences as one of the best Yacht designers in the World. We will discuss how boat designs are crucial to increase equality in terms of gender and mobility.

Sail-World: As well as being a top sailor in the Finn class, and now a coach, Luca Devoti is best known for his founding of Devoti Boats - one of the top dinghy builders in the world. He was recently accused by World Sailing of having a monopoly in the Finn class because all but one sailor competing in the 2016 Olympics went and ordered the latest Finn from Devoti Boats. That one sailor put his faith in one of the previous model of Devoti's.

Luca Devoti also put together the +39 Challenge for the 2007 America's Cup, one of three Italian challengers in the event.

Italian born, Luca speaks six languages and lives with his family in Valencia, Spain. In addition to his sailing skills and contributions to the sport at many levels, Luca is also a very good journalist and able to easily relate to sailors at all levels through shared experience. His contacts and networks at all levels of the sport are extensive.

This series of interviews offer some fascinating insights into the shared experiences of two top sailors - even though they have competed in quite different areas of the sport.

You can read Luca's background and other sailing contribution and thoughts at devotiluca.com

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