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History of FIM
Now over eighty years old, the Italian Powerboat Federation, which was founded in 1923 in Milan, had Ferdinand of Savoy, Prince of Udine, as its first president.
Kings, princes, poets and prominent personalities of politics and economics have attended and brought prestige to power boating. Pictures of Prince Umberto of Savoy, the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio, Marquis Dal Pozzo, Count de Sangro, Guglielmo Marconi even Il Duce Benito Mussolini, are there in the archives, as witness to the prestige of this sport.
Among the presidents elected at the head of the Federation are names such as the Duke of Spoleto, Count Borromeo, the great manufacturer of helicopters Mario Agusta, and then more recently the unforgettable Angelo Moratti and his son Massimo.
Eighty years of history with characters and great achievements propelled the Italian movement into the international limelight.
In 1929 came the Pavia-Venice Raid, the world's longest powerboat race, in 1930 Gabriele D'Annunzio, the poet from Pescara, presented the races of the Gardone, the Coppa dell’Oltranza.
In 1932 the real institutional task of the federation began with the establishment of the National Championships. The following years recorded the first major international success of our drivers.
The first world titles were won in '38 by Theo Rossi di Montelera for racing and by Augusto Moranti for the inboard discipline were memorable.
Another historic moment for powerboat racing in Italy was the world speed record in outboard boats by Massimo Leto di Priolo in 1953. He reached 134 km/h on Lake Idroscalo, Milan, which was a remarkable speed at the time.
Ezio Selva or Mario Verga are unforgettable names of drivers who have made history in this sport.
Among the biggest in Italian powerboat racing must surely be Italian Renato Molinari, an exceptional driver, world champion in not just Formula 1 but many other international categories.
The most recent Italian powerboat champion is Guido Cappellini who, in the most important international race series, Formula 1, has won more championships than anyone else in history.
Offshore powerboat racing, which would become the blue ribbon series, started in America in the fifties and arrived in Italy on 14 July 1962 with the Viareggio-Bastia-Viareggio race. It was the beginning of an adventure that over the years has seen big names in action like Francis Casentino who, in addition to being a champion, was a leading figure on the political scene, as an MP and Political Advisor to the President of the Italian Republic.
The Offshore golden years coincided with the beginning of the involvement of a well-known character, Stefano Casiraghi, Prince Consort of Caroline of Monaco, who gave powerboat incredible visibility.
On the initiative of the Milan section of the Lega Navale (Italian Yachting Association), the Federazione motonautica or "Powerboat Federation" was founded on 10 December 1923. The Milan newspaper La Sera reported this news under the headline The Establishment of the Powerboat Federation on 13 December of that year:
"After the closing of motorboat races held last September on Lake Maggiore, the nautical sports organisations and the Associations of Naval promotion, both commended and gave a clear address to the Milan section of the Lega Navale as well as the men who had contributed to the success of the initiative with diligence and enthusiasm. With the backing of the Milan section an institution arose with a dual function: to support and discipline national powerboat events and represent Italy at the International Union of Automobile Yachting based in Brussels".
The Italian Powerboat Federation began to operate officially in Milan, from its establishment on 11 March 1924 at the head offices of that city’s Lega Navale section (Palazzo della Provincia - Via Monforte 31).
In 1931, the Royal Italian Powerboat Federation was moved to Rome in compliance with CONI directives.
On 16-17 March 1949, the FIM returns to Milan chaired by Prince Vitaliano Borromeo Arese.
First National Championships
1929 was a historic year for Italian power boating with the original distance race for the Pavia-Venice Raid.
1924 - 1931 Ferdinando di Savoia, prince of Udine
1931 - 1933 Aimone di Savoia Aosta
1933 - 1935 Aimone di Savoia Aosta
1935 - 1936 Alessandro Orsi
1936 - 1940 Earl Giovanni di Sangro di Buccino
1945 Prince Carlo Ruspoli
1945 Achille Castoldi
1946 - 1958 Prince Vitaliano Borromeo Arese
1958 - 1969 Earl Mario Agusta
1969 Renato Cani
1969 - 1974 Angelo Moratti
1974 Pietro Bertola
1974 - 1977 Vittore Catella
1977 - 1986 Giorgio de' Bartolomeis
1986 - 1988 Angelo Vassena
1988 - 1989 Giuseppe Laurenti
1989 Massimo Moratti
1989 - 1991 Piero Garavaglia
1991 - 1992 Massimo Moratti
1992 - 1997 Massimo Moratti
1997 Vincenzo Iaconianni
1923 - 1930 Corrado Dal Pozzo
1931 - 1940 Vittorio Ravizza
1945 - 1954 Renato Cani
1955 - 1969 Sandro Ciapparelli
1969 - 1979 Claudio Tomassini Barbarossa
1979 - 1981 Angelo Gabriele Giacomazza
1981 - 1984 Giampiero Aquino
1984 - 1988 Giampiero Aquino
1988 - 1989 Giorgio Ghersina
1989 Livio Guidolin
1989 - 1990 Michele De Laureti
1990 - 1991 Bruna Amadesi
1999 - 2000 Gian Piero Aquino
2001 - 2002 Bruna Amadesi
2003 - 2013 Ermes Rugalli
2013 - Alessandro Basilico