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!!!

Leading the fleet in the wake of tropical storm Alberto

Last night was tough, in fact some of the worst we've seen in the entire
race. After we left Charleston we received a warning of an approaching
tropical storm with winds potentially up to 55knots, the night was
approaching and we had already reduced sail to 3 reefs and the staysail...
we had a tough decision to make, keep going and cross the path of the
tropical storm or head inshore and hopefully avoid the worst of the winds.
The question played in my mind over and over, the sea state was
deteriorating very fast and i had to chose among the lesser of two evils,
stronger winds offshore or the risk of breaking waves in shallow waters

I decided to head offshore as i thought in big winds i could always ride
the storm with plenty of room towards the south, but once in shallow
waters it would have become difficult to get out of the waves. There was
one more complication, the timing of the storm was crucial, if we had
reached the gulf stream, which flows to the north-east, against the full
blow of storm the seas could become horrendous: wind against tide makes
for very steep dangerous breaking waves.

The wind built to a peak of steady 40 knots but we had occasional gusts of
nearly 50 knots. We wanted to preserve the boat and avoid damage so as the
storm worsened we kept sailing lower or even occasionally downwind.

We monitored the progress of the rest of the fleet and they didnt seem to
be doing much better on the other tack so we kept going offshore hoping
the storm would subside before the gulf stream but leaving us in its
strong flow in the aftermath with a chanche to make big gains on the
others. Luckily the timing was just right, as we reached the warm flow of
the gulf stream the winds had dropped below 30 knots and although the seas
were very confused they were not dangerous, only occasionally a wave came
right in our path and we lept in the air and fell like no more than a
little dinghy being dragged in the surf.

Today the wind kept decreasing and the seas calming down, everything is
back to normal and we are now dealing with the opposite problem, lack of
wind. The forecast is for very light airs for the next 24-36 hours which
will make for some further interesting tactical decision.

I cant deny that last night, during the worst, only a very very small part
of me was thinking about the race, we were simply making sure we'd get
through the blow with no damage but i'm glad i stuck to my guns and headed
towards the gulf stream.

We had done a very conservative start inside Charleston Harbour, I wasnt
sure what winds to expect on our way out and I didnt want to have any
problems whilst sailing in the narrow channel through the breakwaters, the
result was however that by the time we were in clear waters we were last
and as in every single leg of the race chasing Cessna and Phesheya who
seem to always start well.

As I write we are leading over Cessna by 33 miles and over the duo of
Sec.Hayai and Phesheya by nearly 50 miles, I'm very glad we reversed the
early fortunes. The race is still long, over 3400 miles to go and just as
we gained this lead we can lose it, in a couple of days we should have
excellent reaching conditions, Cessna's favourite, and my bet is they will
burn these few miles in no time. Meantime let's enjoy the the gentle
afternoon wind, the pleasant breeze and the momentary lead in the Global
Ocean Race, it's only the second time we're in this position and we are
really happy with the work done so far and to have emerged with everything
functioning and all in one piece.

There are many people I need to thank for the excellent time we spent in
Charleston, and others who have helped me behind the scenes with my
endless luck of funds, I will write a separate blog later, now it's time
for some supper and chance to recuperate some of the lost energies.

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