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!!!

Celebrations in Wellington after a tough second leg of the Global Ocean Race

The VHF finally broke its month long silence just before 6pm, Josh Hall on the committee boat is calling. "Financial Crisis, we have you in sight, we are coming towards you, well done, you are in Wellington!".

The rib came along driving in circles several times with the camera rolling under a gray sky, I finally see Ella and i emotionally carry on steering the boat towards the finish line. The finale of leg 2 of the Global Ocean Race was nothing short of a challenge in itself, battered by 35 knots of wind in Tasman bay we had to find shelter by the north island shore before the final attack beating down Cook Strait against the foul tide which made progress slow an painful, a squall came through and for half an hour we hang on wet, miserable and cold but with a smile on our faces and a glow given by the knowledge that we'd soon be hitting a hot shower and a first nice meal ashore.

As we approached Wellington harbour, on perfect cue, a pod of 4 happy dolphins came to ride our bow wave, our new friends came zooming under the bowsprit and often jumped clean out the water among our cheers.

The committee rib followed us all the way to the finish line a few miles up the harbour, then they fired a gun and blew a horn, minutes later Ollie, Clive and Sylvie climbed on board, the engine seal was checked as well as other seals to the anchor and liferaft then Ollie and Clive proceeded to filming a short interview...

Once we finally got closer to the marina we dropped the mainsail only to find out that the engine would start but would not engage gear, or we may have lost the propellor, who knows, but we needed to be towed all the way to our berth by Queen's Wharf where now Financial Crisis sits with the GPS reading 0.0 knots, on the other side of the world in relation to the start in Europe, we are half way!

Immigration boarded the boat and quickly and efficiently stamped our passports and checked for fresh food products or any other contaminants and, rather kindly, they took away all our rubbish as a potential threat to New Zealand.

I came ashore met by Ella's hugs and kisses before Hugo and I were handed a bottle of Champagne each which we sprayed against each other, we did it, we sailed some 7000 miles from Cape Town to Weallington in some of the roughest seas in the world, we were battered by force 9 and force 10 storms, we damaged sails and materials, but we are here ready to rest and regroup before preparations for next leg can begin.

We took fourth place but finished within 24 hours of BSL of Ross and Campell Field and were only 30 miles from the finish line when Halvard and Miranda finished with Campagne de France, their vigourous handshakes and generous congratulations were the icing on the cake, we knew we sailed a good leg and their aknoledgement meant a lot to us.

Now the unpleasant task of preparing a job list and assessing the likely cost of repairs will start, we have already received tremendous support from many friends and passionate followers and if you wish to assist us with the stopover costs, to ensure we can go further with the race, you can do so online at


Congratulations on a

Congratulations on a fantastic achievement - well done and hope you have a steak and beer lined up!!