Aarhus International Sailing Center Appoints new Manager

The Board of the Aarhus International Sailing Center Fund has appointed Thomas Capitani as head of the Aarhus International Sailing Center. He will be at the forefront of the 3,100-square meter, brand-new, state-of-the-art Sailing Center, which will be ready for use in early April 2018.

Capitani previously served as the head of Sailing Aarhus, where he was involved in bringing many international sailing events to Denmark since 2007, thus helping position Aarhus as one of the world’s leading sailing cities. He also co-organized bringing the 2018 Hempel Sailing World Championships and the spectacular 2018 Volvo Ocean Race Fly By at Aarhus, the two biggest sailing events ever hosted in Denmark.

Based on his solid business and educational background, Capitani has previously held several senior positions in sales and marketing jobs, most recently as sales manager at the largest newspaper in Denmark, Jyllands-Posten. Before that, he worked for several years as a business and export adviser in Milan, Italy.

“With the appointment of Thomas Capitani as our new manager, we have secured an experienced, competent head of the Sailing Center from day one,” says Chairman of the Board Hans Skou. “Thomas has a lot of experience and knowledge of sailing, both from his 10 years as head of Sailing Aarhus and as a keen sailor himself, being a part of the sailing community for many years. In view of this and his previous professional career, Thomas also has an extensive business network which will be of great use when the Sailing Center shall be introduced and integrated in the sailing sport locally, nationally and internationally as well as the many, potential new users.”

“It’s an exciting task the board has trusted me with,” says Capitani. “It’s the first time ever Danish sailing is to have such a significant facility, and it has been a very long time since Danish sports have opened such an extensive sports complex at all. I believe that with the Sailing Center, Danish sailing will have a “lighthouse” that will be able to invite all non-sailors wanting to join sailing, create new opportunities for the established sailing community and inspire many new sailors. I will carry out my tasks with great humility, and I look forward to working with the sailing clubs in Aarhus and Denmark, the Danish Sailing Association and Team Denmark, the City of Aarhus and especially the international world of sailing!”

Capitani will take office on March 1, 2018


Aarhus International Sailing Center is located at Aarhus Yachting Marina in the middle of the new Aarhus Docklands district, which features direct access to Aarhus Bay. The Sailing Center is owned and run by the self-governing Aarhus International Sailing Center Fund and led by a board appointed by the Danish Sailing Association, Sailing Aarhus, the Aarhus Sports Confederation, Team Denmark and supported by the City of Aarhus.

The Aarhus International Sailing Center is designed by architects Entasis a/s and funded by donations from the AP Møller Foundation, the Nordea Fund, the Salling Foundation, Lokale & Anlægsfonden and the City of Aarhus.

 

Further information can be obtained from:

Chariman of the Board Hans Skou – tlf. 40 11 15 33 – hans.skou@aarhus.dk
Thomas Capitani – tlf. 20 40 84 42 – thomas@capitani.dk