April 18, 2019

12mR Class Mourns Loss of Dr. Luigi Lang, ITMA V.P. S. Europe


18 April 2019

Dear Members of the Twelve Metre Class

It is with great regret that I write to inform you of the recent passing of Dr. Luigi Lang.

Luigi was a valued friend and long-time supporter of the International Twelve Metre Class.  In addition to Luigi’s many other activities, for the last 20-years he has served as Class Vice President for the Southern Europe 12 Metre Fleet.

Luigi was one of those involved in the founding AIVE, the Italian Classic Yacht Association and in developing the CIM Rule used for handicap racing of classic yachts in the Mediterranean.

Based in Genoa, Italy, Luigi was a meticulous historian, researcher, and author, having co-authored the definitive history of the Twelve Metre Class The Twelve Metre Yacht published in 2001 in both English and Italian (Dodici Metri), and re-published in an expanded edition in 2010.

I was fortunate enough to meet Luigi in 2000 at the YC de Monaco during a classic yacht symposium, and we became good friends.  We pooled the information we each had collected about 12 Metres over the years.  More recently, Luigi gave much of his research collection to ITMA to help keep our history a public record.

Luigi was also involved in the Prada Challenge for Classic Yachts which was part of the America’s Cup Jubilee in 2001, and was the principal organizer of the Twelve Metre World Championship held in Barcelona in 2014 sponsored by Puig.

On behalf of the Class we have extended our deep sympathies to his family and his myriad of friends.  We will miss his friendship, experience, and sage advice.

Yours sincerely,

Wm. H. Dyer Jones
President, ITMA

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