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The founder of Southern Wind, Willy Persico passed away

Magomed Khamatkhanov
May 14, 2018

Southern Wind, with deep sadness, announces the departure from life at the age of 79 its President and friend, Willy Persico. Persico was born in Milan, Italy in a Neapolitan family and was raised in Naples. He has been living in Genoa since 1970, when he passed away. Respecting his way of being reserved and private, more than any words, let the silence speak. “I like to believe that I’ve made many friends and clients happy”, these are the words with which Willy condensed his 25 years at the helm of SWS. Incredulous we learnt from his family that Willy had a long held great concerned about his health. A thought goes to his family, to his friends, and to all those who in these years have been lucky enough to know him and appreciate his great soul and generosity. Willy leaves a precious heritage that the company will take over and carry on. Persico was born in Milan, Italy in a Neapolitan family and was raised in Naples, according to YachtHarbour.

The first sailing yacht was built by Persico in Cape Town, South Africa in 1990 at a Cen Marine, when he decided to buy the yard and founded Southern Wind Shipyard. As he said at the 25th anniversary of the yard, he had never regretted about that decision. For a long time, Southern Wind Shipyard was producing only one model - Southern Wind 72 with Bruce Farr design. Later, more models were introduced, such as SWS 91 and SWS 93, with Farr design and interior by Nauta Design, as well as carbon fibre constructions in building of their very first model. Later, some more models were added such as SWS 100, SWS 102 Farfalla.

Persico gave a much credit to his team, which he said was an important part of his companies' success.