Ralf Fröhling passed away last Wednesday, March 27, he was 75. Ralf Fröhling was two decades President of the International Federation of Motor Boat Sports, the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM).
Fröhling from Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany was President of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) from 1987-2006.
On January 10, 2007, Ralf Fröhling announced his resignation as UIM President with immediate effect. His decision is based on recent health problems and advise by his doctors.
He had to step down due to his failing health and UIM Senior Vice President Charles Strang took over until Dr. Raffaele Chiulli was elected in October 2007 at Antalya, Turkey.
He was born in 1944 in Greifswald, was active as a motorboat racer until 1974 and 1973 in the then class OC (now O-500) World Cup third. After his time as a racing driver, Ralf Fröhling worked as a UIM commissioner and was hired by the former president of the German motor yacht association, Alexander Basting, as an interpreter for UIM meetings.
As a businessman, he successfully led the Fröhling Spieleverlag, where he firstly developed learning and wooden toys. He had taken over the family business from his father. Fröhling had a very successful business in both publishing children’s books and developing children’s toys.
His involvement with the international governing body of the sport, the (UIM) came as a translator.
Having studied and being gifted in speaking many different languages. He was asked to keep communication at a very high level despite the multi-national nature of the UIM organisation.
He quickly moved his way up to the top wrung to the Presidency in his 22 years of work with the organisation.
The powerboating sport loses with him a great sportsman and an internationally renowned figure of motorboat racing.