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Foiling issues to be discussed at first World Foiling Congress

The first World Foiling Congress will take place next month at the Magazzini del Cotone, Geneva.

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

It will provide an opportunity to discuss aspects and issues related to the foiling industry.

On the agenda will be the topics of insurances, certifications, laws and regulations, intellectual property protection, global market data and trends, industry promotion, market access, research and innovation.

On the afternoon of April 17 2024, there will be a networking session for delegates, with the Congress programme starting on April 18.

The provisional program of panels and speakers will include:

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

Aspects and issues related to the foiling industry will be discussed at the first World Foiling Congress. Photo credit Martina Orsini-5201, We Are Foiling
Aspects and issues related to the foiling industry will be discussed at the first World Foiling Congress. Photo credit Martina Orsini-5201, We Are Foiling

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 Pantaenius, 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

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

The event has the support of Genoa and the patronage of Confindustria Nautica (Italian Nautical Industry Association).

Further details can be found at www.foiling.org

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