On Friday, October 14, 2022, Roberto Vencato reportedly passed dead suddenly, according to an online obituary. The deceased’s cause of death, however, was not made public.
Roberto Vencato, an Italian sailboat racer who participated in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, was born on July 21, 1952, and passed away on October 14, 2022.
He was a talented young sailor who excelled in the Cadet and Flying Junior divisions. He finished second in the Snipe class at the Europe and Africa Junior Championship, and in 1972, while sailing with Giorgio Brezich at Blanes, Spain, he won the South European Championship.
He was the Italian national champion in the 470 class, the national junior champion three times (1970, 1971, 1972, and 1973), the national champion twice, and the national champion once (1972, 1973 and 1974). Additionally, in 2007, he finished second at the Italian Master championship.
With his crew Roberto Sponza, Vencato won a gold medal in the 1975 Mediterranean Games and finished 14th in the 470 class at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Vencato won numerous more races, including the renowned Barcolana of Trieste, where he took first place twice overall and eleven times in his class.
From 1988 to 1992, he managed four Olympic campaigns while coaching the Italian national teams (Juniors, Seniors, and Olympic -both men and women). Twelve World Championships, five European Championships, three gold medals at the Mediterranean Games, and eleven more medals were won by his athletes under his direction.
Vencato was a well-known sailmaker in Trieste, Italy, who was known for always making his own sails. At the age of 70, he passed away on October 14, 2022.