Saturday 6th February 2021. Jean-Marc Giraldi, President of the Société Nautique de Monaco  and Vice-President of the International Powerboating Federation, who passed away on Thursday 28th January as a result of Covid-19, leaves behind him the memory of a passionate man. On Saturday morning, the family and friends of this emblematic figure of the sea were joined by HSH Prince Albert II for a ceremony to celebrate his memory at the Société Nautique de Monaco (SNM – rowing club).





A providential man

A native of Menton, it was there on the other side of the border that he discovered and started rowing before being sought out to join the Monegasque club. After the Sea Rowing World Championships organised by the Principality in October 2016, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco asked him to be more involved in the rowing club. He was appointed President of the SNM, the history of which is closely linked to that of the Yacht Club de Monaco.

Important figure wearing many hats

A key figure with a colourful personality, Jean-Marc Giraldi was passionate and fully engaged in any project he took on. From managing sports shops to being alongside the Prince in the bobsleigh team’s Olympic quest, this former rowing champion was also very active on the powerboating scene as evidenced by his Offshore World Champion title in 2000. For 20 years, he played an important role in the International Powerboating Federation, first as treasurer then as administrator, before being appointed Vice-President in 2017 where his achievements included heading organisation of a world jet ski circuit event (freestyle).

The sea has always been at the centre of his life. It was therefore only natural that a final tribute be paid in the YCM Marina. It was a sombre solemn occasion during which the relics of the Monegasque patron saint, Sainte Dévote, were presented, while members from the rowing club threw white rose petals into the sea. The silence was broken by a chorus of foghorns, with boats in the harbour providing a final flourish for one whose legacy will endure.