David Kellett To Be Awarded ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy
David Kellett (AUS) is to be
awarded the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy which honours an individual for their
outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing.
The ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy, first presented in 1988 in memory of Beppe
Croce, the ISAF President from 1969 to 1986, will be presented to Kellett at
the 2014 ISAF Annual Conference in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Born on 14 December 1948, Kellett has been a passionate sailor throughout his
life. He started out in small boats and Olympic classes before making the
move to ocean racing and the America's Cup.
Kellett's first involvement in ISAF came in 1992 when he became the ISAF
Member of Council for Group L. Kellett represented the region and his
involvement and impact within ISAF was quickly felt. From 1994-1998 he was a
Member of the Events Committee and from 1997-1998, a Member of the Oceanic
In 1998 Kellett was elected as an ISAF Vice President and held the position
through to 2008. He then served as Treasurer from 2008-2012.
Throughout his time within ISAF Kellett filled many roles around the Olympic
Sailing Competition. For Sydney 2000 he was a Member of the 2000 Olympic
Working Party, a member of the 2000 Olympic Advisory Board and President's
liaison at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games itself.
He was part of Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Management
teams and served as ISAF Technical Delegate for the Beijing 2008 and London
2012 Olympic Sailing Competitions.
Kellett is an experienced offshore sailor and has participated in the Rolex
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 40 times. He skippered Sovereign to line and
handicap honours in the 1987 edition and for the past 15 years has been an
integral part of the safety network, controlling the race at sea. Kellett was
also involved in three America's Cup challenges for Australia.
Kellett the first recipient from outside of Europe or the America's will be
presented with the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy at the meeting of ISAF Council on
7 November 2014.
A further press release on the presentation will be sent out following the
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