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!!!

Fighting to maintain the lead in the Global Ocena Race

It's the fourth day of this fifth and final leg of the Global Ocean Race,
we are still leading but by rapidly narrowing margin, just 4 miles over
Cessna at the last report and it seems highly likely that we'll soon have
to hand over our crown, after giving them a good run for their money we
are floating helplessly in very light winds and I think they'll finally
manage to squeeze past.

After facing tropical storm "Alberto" the first night of the race the
weather has changed in a maze of unpredictable winds, the conditions we
met very often differed substantially from the forecast. Our tactical
choices seemed correct given the available information and we've managed
to increase our lead of the identical boats in the fleet, Phesheya and
Sec.Hayai, to over a 100 miles.

Much more difficult to keep Cessna under control, the new generation boat
that is currently leading the overall points ranking in the race seems to
always break through thanks to her better performance so it's only a
matter of time before they overtake us but we can be proud to have managed
to lead the race for the early part of this leg. Only once before we had
overtaken them during a leg, on the approach to Cape Horn but just for a
few hours until they disappeared again over the horizon... we may not beat
them but we sure enjoy teasing them.

The difficult navigation of the last few days has made even more memorable
the beatiful days spent at the Charleston stopover where we were welcomed
very warmly by everyone we met. At our arrival in the heart of the night
Sergio Fedelini, Honorary Consul for Italy stayed up till the early hours
to welcome us on the committee boat, during the stopover he was of great
assistance first of all in treating us to some of the best spaghetti alle
vongole i had eaten in years but also with more formal aspects such as
organising an event with the italo-american chamber of commerce in our
honour and by donating a new italian flag after i learning i had shredded
the one i had received from my home town of Torino before the start.

My dual nationality, Italian and Slovak doubled the diplomatic welcome in
Charleston, I really have to thank the charming Peter Korn, Honorary
Consuyl for Slovakia that has hosted us at his house on Daniel's Island
for the duration of our stay and hosted a barbeque for the entire Global
Ocean Race group.

Both Consuls attended the prize giving at the Charleston Yacht Club which
was made very special by the attendance of Slovaks living in South
Carolina (including a duet of musicians, the Charleston Virtuosi) and a
delegation of representatives of the Slovak Community living in the US who
travelled all the way from New York to attend the event. Many thanks to
Katerina Tomkova for organising the gathering and the Consul Peter Korn
and his assistant Jeremy Stipkala for attending the ceremony.

For many the most memorable event of the stopover will probably be the
International Mustang Meeting organised by the Mustang Club of Italy, one
of my sponsors, that was held the sunday before the start at the
Charleston Harbor Marina & Resort. Some 50 Ford Mustangs attended the
event despite the gray sky that threatened a downpour all day but luckily
held dry. Salvo Mirabella, president of the Mustang Club of Italy and his
son Alessandro travelled from Italy for the occasion, my brother joined us
all from LA, i hadnt seen him in over a year and have to thank him for all
work in taking photos and videos during his visit.

I also had a chance to see my parents who flew in from Italy and my
fiancee Ella who came from London for three very short days thanks to the
generous support of my sponsor Ventana Group who once more covered the
cost of her flights, we finally fixed the date of the wedding and
discussed prepearations. Despite all the beautiful experiences this race
has given rise to I am looking forward to the end of this extremely long
period we had to spend apart. The Global Ocean Race is an enormous
committment and I am quite relieved at the thought this is the final leg
of the race. My parents must be relieved too after having to endure so
many months of apprehension at every storm we faced at sea.

A particular thanks to sailing legend Pete Goss and Vernon Keen, Chairman
of the Truro & District Boat Owners Association who behind the scenes
organised a fundraiser during one of Pete's talks providing a much needed
contribution to my empty race funds and allowed me to pay for such
expenses as the repair of the alternator which had packed up the previus
leg. A thank you also to those who contributed online to the funds through
my webpage I cant stress enough the fact that
without all this help I would have not been able to get to this final leg
of the race.

On this subject a reminder of the fact that my boat is for sale, I have
some substantial debts to repay with the proceeds of the sale but beware
that after leading the early stages of this final leg the price has
clearly doubled! Just kidding. For any information please email Ella at