Italian Naval League, named after Carlo Rolandi conference room of the Alto Mare Academy of Naples

A significant day for the world of sailing and for the promotion of the culture and values ​​of the sea. The conference room of the Accademia dell’Alto Mare, a cultural center for the dissemination of maritime traditions born from the synergy between the Section of the Italian Naval League of Naples and the Navy, has been named after Carlo Rolandi.

“A beautiful day of sea, sport and maritime values. Carlo Rolandi was a true seafarer and an aggregator of sporting and managerial skills. The hope is that his work will be handed down to the younger generations”, declared the National President of the Italian Naval League Amm. Donato Marzano who gave a speech on the figure of Rolandi, member of the LNI and one of the founders in 1998 of the Center Nautical Traditions Studies (CSTN) of the Italian Naval League which today preserves its book heritage and the trophies won over a long career. “A successful event that celebrated a great man, sailor and manager”, recalled the Director of CSTN Paolo Rastrelli: “Here we conserve everything that he has collected over the years with great meticulousness and we feel we are the connoisseurs of this important heritage” . His children Adele and Luigi Rolandi were present at the ceremony and spoke of their father’s commitment to promoting nautical culture and seafaring traditions: “Coming back here and finding his books, his trophies and his desk is a source of great emotion. Dad wanted all his sailing work to be kept here at the Centro Studi”.

Carlo Rolandi (1926-2020) was the protagonist of a century of history of the sea and of sailing at a national and international level. As an athlete he has collected two titles of European champion and participation in nine Olympics. During the event, his friendship was recalled, but also his rivalry, with Agostino Straulino, of whom he was bowman with the Star at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games with the regattas held in his hometown, Naples, touching the podium and finishing in fourth place. For 16 years he was on the Board of Directors of the World Sailing Federation and at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 he was a member of the International Jury. Having entered the Federal Council of the Italian Sailing Federation at a very young age, Rolandi was first its Vice-President (1977-1980) and then President until 1988. “For us as a Federation he was a point of reference, with various roles: high-level athlete, international judge, director and federal president for two terms as well as honorary president. We are grateful to the Naval League and the Navy for this important acknowledgment to Carlo Rolandi”, declared the Vice-President of the FIV, Giuseppe D’Amico.

Numerous civil and military authorities, representatives of associations linked to the world of sailing, sports federations and the major Neapolitan clubs, of which Rolandi was a member and tireless promoter, who brought their testimony and participated in the ceremony for the unveiling of the plaque in dedicated him.