Giorgio Zuccoli dies of cancer
Melges sailors noted that he did not look well at the 2000 world championships last September, but he still won for the first time in many years of trying.
He was also renowned as a top-flight Tornado sailor, winning the worlds in 1991 and representing Italy at the Olympics in 1988 and 1992. Even after stepping out of the class, his Ullman Sails loft in Iseo continued to set the pace for development in the Olympic cat class.
He leaves behind a wife Cristiana and daughter Maria Vittoria.
Ian Simkins, co-owner of Ullman Sails Hamble told madforsailing: "Georgio was one of the best one-design sailmakers in the world, a good sportsman, a champion sailor and a really genuine guy. He was one of the founder members of the Ullman Sails group and ran one of the most successful one-design lofts in the world. It will be a very tall order for someone to follow in his footsteps.
"He had suffered with cancer for a very long time but it never held him back. He had an operation last year and went on to fulfil one of his life time ambitions by winning the Melges Worlds. He was a really amazing guy."