Marco Nannini launches Italian yachting operations after GOR

Gulf of La Spezia, Italy, July 2013

After a 14 day delivery from the UK to Italy, my dad and I docked at "Marina del Fezzano", the location I have chosen to set up my italian yachting operations, dedicated to offshore yacht sailing and racing using the Akilaria RC1 Class40 I sailed into second place at the 2011/2012 Global Ocean Race.  

Life after the GOR: Class40s, Minis and the idea of a Italian training camp...



It's been a while since i last posted an update. When not rounding the Horn, I found the cold winter months are best spent in front of a cosy fire with a good glass of wine and good non-freeze-dried food. Following the Global Ocean Race (GOR) 2011/2012 I have been invited to several yacht clubs in Italy to hold talks about my adventure and tribulations on board my Class40 "Financial Crisis". I held talks in Torino, Padova, Verona, Vicenza, Molfetta, Meina, Lovere as well as for the Soroptimist club in Turin and the Rotary Club in Padova. Next week a further date on the calendar, 4th of April, in Genova, Italy and then onto Bologna in May.

Ideas for a Christmas present: a Class40 for less than £100k

If you've been a good boy this year why not treat yourself to a nice Christmas present, for less than 100k you could get yourself a fabulous Akilaria RC1 Class40, proven and reliable it is in fact probably the only 40ft racing boat in the world to have rounded Cape Horn twice in its five years of successful offshore racing. Third in the inaugural round the world Portimao Global Ocean Race 2008/2009, Second overall in the 2010 Round Britain and Ireland, campaigned in the pro circuit at the Route du Rhum 2010 and sailed triumphantly into Les Sables d'Olonne into second place overall at the 2011/2012 Global Ocean Race so much so that it was named Best British Yacht Overseas of the year by the RORC.

See you in Vicenza on the 26th November, Verona 27th, Padova 28th

Three talks is Vicenza, Verona and Padova on 26-27-28 November. See you there!

26 Novembre 2012 ore 21:00 - VICENZA

Sala del Capitolo, Palazzo del Monte di Pieta'
Piazza dei signori - Vicenza
Scarica la locandina di Vicenza


27 Novembre 2012 ore 21:00 - VERONA
Sala Convegni Unicredit - Via Garibaldi 2, Verona
Scarica la locandina di Verona


28 Novembre 2012 ore 21:00 - PADOVA
Palazzo Del Turismo - Centro Congressi
Via Scavi 14, 35036 Montegrotto Terme (PD)

Scarica la locandina di Padova

After the wedding bells, a new series of talks about the Global Ocean Race will begin

On October 25th Ella and I got married in the stunning setting of Belfast City Hall and Belfast Castle, the celebrations are ongoing with a big party with my Italian friends tomorrow in Turin. Immediately after, however, it'll be time again to talk about the great ocean,  preparations are underway for a new series of talks about the Global Ocean Race. 

RORC names Financial Crisis (Marco Nannini) as best British Yacht Overseas

I am delighted to let you all know that the RORC has picked me for this year's Dennis P Miller Trophy for best British Yacht Overseas in recognition of my mostly self-funded Global Ocean Race campaign. I am very grateful. My trusty "Financial Crisis" has made it in the history books and it is a shame that she is for sale.

Class40 GBR41 - Financial Crisis is for sale (price reduction)

Following my successful Global Ocean Race campaign, taking 2nd overal, my Class40 named Financial Crisis is sadly for sale.

Launched in 2007, Financial Crisis is an Akilaria RC1 designed by Mark Lombard and built by MC-Tec and a Lorima carbon mast new in in 2011.

Strong, reliable, proven, excellent inventory, ready to race. 

For Sale at £99,000 + VAT ono

For further information call +393204093306 or email


Closing the circle

I'm finally back in London, I guess this really closes the circle. Yesterday Ella and I arrived in Haslar Marina in Portsmouth Harbour after a rather tough delivery. I must admit I'm really glad to be back, it's been a tough long past 10 months and after the great adventure some normality seems a real luxury.

Celebrating a circumnavigation in Les Sables D'Olonne

It's hard to believe I've been in Les Sables for 5 days since finishing the final leg of the Global Ocean Race, I had promised an update soon after arriving but the days have passed very quickly with all the celebrations, time spent with my family, with my fiancee Ella and a surprise visit from a group of friends from Italy. All in all the dust has not settled yet, I think it'll take some time for life to find its new pace after the Global Ocean Race but here I am, I can really say it now, I have circumnavigated the planet!!!

Easter at sea

We've been at sea nearly 6 days, half the world is on holiday for a long
Easter weekend, for us it's been more wind and waves as we sail north east
hoping to soon reach the trade winds. Ahead of us the bottom corner of
Brasil with Rio de Janeiro and a tangle of variable light winds to deal

Progress has come as a very mixed pack of cards, after breaking away from
the coast of Uruguay we spent two days battling with strong headwinds,
bashing to windward never feels fun after any length of time spent ashore,
so it was uncomfortable and tiring, eventually a weather front came
through bringing strong gusty winds but also the long awaited wind shift,
the sails were freed and we started making faster progress to the north.

The winds were unsettled at first and this required endless adjustments to
the trim and sail changes which left me exhausted, when finally the wind
came aft we sailed conservatively at first but as the conditions
stabilised we started increasing sail, first with the small spinnaker,
then the medium and eventually we enjoyed a beautiful run in a sunny sky
under the big spinnaker.

During this period we managed to increase our lead over Phesheya and Sec
Hayai and nearly caught up Cessna, coming to within 4 miles of the
leaders, the winds had favoured us and our relative position to the others
to the left of the pack had paid off hansomely just for fortunes to be
reversed when their initial investment to the east started to pay
dividends. We found ourself sailing dead downwind towards our target
forcing us to gybe several times and losing ground both to the leading
boat and to the followers.

As the winds continue to shift our spinnaker run came to an end in
decreasing winds, in the space of half a day we went from sailing downwind
to beating upwind again, progress has been very slow since, especially as
we are pushing against the unfavourable Brasilian current which runs from
north to south decreasing our speed by nearly a knot. The wind is light
and very variable, often shifting by 20-30 degrees in the space of few
minutes, the leading boat seems to have found more stable winds throughout
and has progressively increased the lead, Phesheya once the last boat of
the fleet trailing us by over 60 miles has made excellent progress and is
now just over 15 miles behind.

We have another two-three days of light variable winds ahead which can
bring mixed fortunes to each boat, our eyes are firmly set on the easterly
trade winds a few days sailing ahead of us, once we manage to feel the
gentle flow of their predictable air we should start making fast progress
towards the equator and the doldrums, another challenging part of the

We're pleased with our progress so far hanging onto second place, we
incurred no damage during the strong gusty winds and managed to keep
control of Phesheya although we know that the next few days of light winds
could reshuffle positions at any time so we have to keep our focus.