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!!!

Financial Crisis Class40 for urgent sale in June - offers invited

Financial Crisis, currently holding second overall in the Global Ocean
Race is for sale or long term charter immediately after the end of the
race, due to finish in Les Sables D'Olonne around June 8th 2012.

With personal debts in the tens of thousands of pounds and currently
unemployed I must sell the boat ASAP! All meaningful offers considered for
a quick sale. For furthe info contact Ella at or
call +447701060582


With two roundings of Cape Horn, this must be the most proven of all
Class40s, extensively surveyed during the project and with a new carbon
mast in May 2011 Financial Crisis is the only Class40 still competing in
the race that has not required any structural work during the race and
would be an excellent choice for any project wishing to enter the 2013
event on a tight budget, with everything in place to go again after some
ordinary maintenance work.

She would also be an excellent boat for other races such as the OSTAR
2013, the Transat Jaque Vabre 2013 or the Route du Rhum. With an extensive
circuit of races ranging from the inshore Class40 Worlds to the next round
the world challenge starting in just 18 months the boat will be guaranteed
to stand up to the ambitions of her new owner.

Alternatively, the boat could be used for a lucrative skippered charter
business with all the paperwork in place for immediate commercial use.

Benefits of this boat compared to other similar boats on the market:
- New mast 2011
- Extensive sail wardrobe, many spare sails
- Extensive survey history including Ultra sounds scans of mast and keel
- Extensive inventory of equipment and spares
- Fully equipped to Category Zero standards
- Fully equipped for corporate sailing, skippered charter and commercial
- MCA coded for commercial work, no need to dodge the law when taking
paying guests or sponsors on board
- Ready to race in the next GOR, expensive 180 inversion test done!
- VAT reclaimable if bought by another business or VAT exempt if bought
out of the EU
- Probably the cheapest Akilaria RC1 one the market!!!
- The experience and lessons learned from 2 round the world races included
in the price
- Any work required to the boat can be supplied at preferential rates or
included as a package in the sale agreement

The boat will be available for viewings in Les Sables D'Olonne, France,
between the 8th and the 17th of June and in Gosport, UK, after the 20th of
June 2012.

I would also be personally available for training or advice on managing a
GOR or other racing project for the new owners.

Other facts and figures:

Year Launched: 2007
LOA: 12.17m
Beam: 4.49m
Draft: 3m
Weight: 4805kg

Previous races:
Global Ocean Race 2008/2009 (3rd)
Shetland Round Britain and Ireland 2010 (2nd)
Route du Rhum 2010 (mid fleet)
Global Ocean Race 2011/2012 (currently 2nd)

Inventory: on request