Since 1988 UCINA, the Italian Marine Industry Association, holds the “Boating Pioneers” Award, which has reached its twenty-ninth edition. The award, now ten years under the patronage of the Minister for Economic Development, is dedicated to those who have distinguished themselves in the world of boating for their commitment, focus and skill. Men, women, business owners, managers, craftsmen, planners, designers and journalists who have believed and continued to believe passionately in this industry.
In 2017 the Jury, traditionally chaired by the Coast Guard Commander and by the President of UCINA, in the Villa Durazzo garden of Santa Margherita Ligure, gave the twenty-eighth Boating Pioneers Award to Fulvio Codecasa for the manager category, to Francesco Banfo for the craftsman category, to Michael Verdon for the journalist category, to Aldo Cichero for the planner and designer category and to Francesca Lodigiani for the Italian journalist category.
The 2017 edition also witnessed the creation of a Special in memoriam Prize awarded to Sergio Selva, a member of UCINA and director of one of the Italian industry’s historical shipyards for inflatable vessels, who passed away last March.