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Water Sports

Water Skiing

Being engaged to the daughter of the production manager/designer of a small rubber-boat manufacturer on Lake Maggiore gave me the opportunity of trying out this activity.

Dino Sinatra at the helm of his self-designed "Mirage" rubber dinghy, with me in tow

Scuba Diving


  • CMAS Premier degré (Alimatha, 1983)
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (

A collection of various shells and coral pieces from the Maldivian reefs.
At bottom, a Shiva's Eye I had made into a chain pendant.

Dived in:

  • Mediterranean (various locations)
  • Caribbean (Grand Bahama)
  • Maldive Islands (Velassaru, Alimatha, Asdu)
  • French Polynesia (Moorea)
After a dive in the northern Sardinian archipelago of Maddalena


Offshore sailing license for sailboats with auxiliary engine, issued in 1976 by Lega Navale Italiana after oral, written and sailing tests in Savona.

This was preceded by having passed all the tests in the sailing courses offered by Club Méditerranée in the 1970s, starting with Caravelles and finishing with 4,85s..

My last opportunity to use my sailing license was in 1996, during a 2-week cruise in the Eolian archipelago on ) on a 42-footer rented in Palermo (rightmost photo below).
The "Case de la voile" at Santa Giulia, Corsica - "Barreur" (helmsman) on a Vaurien - With friends at Porto Rose, Istria reached from Trieste.
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