A thank you message to all that helped us restart for leg 3 of the GOR

We have now been at sea for 2 full days and slowly getting back in the
swing of ocean life, daily food bags, sail changes, position reports, naps
and snacks... the start of this leg was far from simple for us with lots
of little snags to worry about, the brand new spare NKE wind wand started
throwing an error before even leaving the dock, but too late to do
anything about it, the master alternator wasn't initially charging the
batteries, the ballast pump didnt respond and the mast navigation and deck
lights would not work on the first night...

When we left Wellington harbour in about 10 knots of wind we were caught
completely by surprise finding 35 knots just outside, probably
Wellington's way of waving us goodbye.

Marco Nannini wins Italian Sailor of the year award

Marco Nannini, currently racing the double handed Global Ocean Race (GOR) 2011/2012, has been crowned Italian Sailor of the year by "Il Giornale della Vela", the most established italian sailing magazine. The prestigious award was first established in 1991 and has recognised talent over the years including sailors such as Alessandra Sensini, Giovanni Soldini and Francesco Deangelis.

Last few hours to cast vote for Italian Sailor of the year!

Only a few hours left for the online vote for the italian Sailor of the year, if you haven't done so please visit this page and scroll to bottom to cast your vote:

http://www.giornaledellavela.com/content/html/index.php?s=Velista_dellAnno&page=nodeDetail&idRecord=15185

Winning the award would probably lead to a few interviews and who knows maybe even a few doors opening in the future... 

Thank you all for the support!

 

Leading the online vote for Italian Sailor of the Year award - Thanks!

A quick update to thank all of you who have taken the time to vote for me on the online poll which will award the coveted "Giornale della Vela" Sailor of the year award (Giornale della Vela is the the first and most prestigeous Italian sailing magazine).

An update from windy Wellington

Many cities in the world have a reputation for being windy, but Wellington has to be the windiest place i have ever visited! It's the middle of the summer here and despite the sunshine and pleasant temperatures the wind has been a constant feature of this beautiful city: in the past three days it has been absolutely screaming, traffic lights are shaken, flags are shredded to pieces and people walk at funny angles depending on which side the wind is hitting them. 

Wellington has been incredibly welcoming to all of us skippers in the Global Ocean Race and so many have come forward offering to help, within days we were offered free accommodation and a car to borrow, sails were picked from the boat and are being repaired...

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!".

Hi speed chase continues and claims another spinnaker in morning red mist

It looks like 2012 started just like 2011 had finished, with a big mess,
another spinnaker blown and trashed in the water, this time the masthead
A2 spinnaker, the biggest one... somewhere somehow there was a weak point
as it finally blew in mild 18-20 knots conditions, went overboard and gave
us a horrible time in trying to retrieve it...

Spinnaker trashed in high speed chase

We had been doing great all night shaving mile after mile from Halvard
Mabire and Miranda Merron's lead over us, we were flying the smallest
spinnaker, a bullet proof job called the A5, a sail that can be used even
if 40 knots of wind, which is not far from what we had, sustained 30-35,
the usual treatment down here... until disaster struck, the halyard parted
and the sail went down into the water.

Halvard and Miranda were 750 miles ahead of us just a few days back, and
with a bit of luck but also by pushing very hard we brought down the gap
to under 240 miles, a 510 miles catch up!

Five hundred miles to Cook Strait, the anticipation builds

We are sailing in a lovely sunshine, broad reaching towards the northern
tip of South island, New Zealand of course, some 500 miles to the North
East of us.

Rogue wave 23kt surf ends in crash gybe and broken mainsail battens

So here we are in yet another 45 knots stinker, making excellent progress
under staysail and reefed main, occasionally surfing high teens. The front
came and went and we were left with that nasty situation where you have
massive seas and decreasing winds...

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

 

WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO?

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.

Luckily it has not just been talking, and at the end of February I was part of a group of sailors who organised an event to discover Class40s, despite a dreadfully windy and snowy weekend, apparently the worst the locals had seen since 1985, the event was a success and over 150 guests were taken for a blast in the Gulf of La Spezia aboard five Class40s. This promotional event left many begging for more adrenaline and we now offer the opportunity to sail Class40s out of Portovenere, La Spezia, for day long or weekend experiences as well as giving the opportunity to take part in some of the races on the calendar in the area, such as the 151 Miles race which starts on the 30th of May. La Spezia is just an hour away from the airport of Pisa, one of Ryanair's European hubs and flights from London can be as cheap as £25 so if you wish to enjoy a bit of the Italian "Bella Vita" drop me an email for a calendar of all events. 

THE FUTURE

It is difficult to have a clear idea of what the future will hold, I am not campaigning towards a specific race as sponsorships seem to be to scarce to attempt putting together a budget for a big race.

DEVELOPING A TRAINING CAMP?

My boat is still for sale and despite a few serious sniffers I have not yet received a firm offer, one option brewing in the pot is to sail the boat to italy and use her as a training boat and work towards the creation of a french style training camp. Achieving that would require local support, from the authorities, or from the Navy who used to be based in La Spezia but has now moved to Taranto, leaving tremendous amounts of facilities, pontoons, accommodation, storage, all falling progressively into a state of abandon and which would be perfect to kickstart a project of this type. However, you might have noticed italian politics is not exactly linear in its processes, so finding the right support may prove impossible despite the ample availability of infrastructures. 

METEOROLOGY AND SAFETY

Meanwhile, whilts trying to put together a wider plan, I am starting to put together some shore based courses, the first inaugural one will be held on the 27th of April on Meteorology, later in the season I plan to offer also course on other subjects such as safety. 

MINI 650 RACING

As for the sailing itch, the incomprehensible attraction for the wet and the uncomfortable, I am lucky enough to have been invited to sail at the Arcipelato 6.50 race for Mini Transat boats later this week with American skipper Jeffrey MacFarlane. I have never sailed on a mini but I am reassured they are tremensously uncomfortable, brilliant! Tracking at http://www.sgstracking.com/tracking/arcipelago650-2012.php

For further information contact me at marco@marconannini.com or on +393204093306