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!!!

A tale of celebrations, hard work and love from Punta del Este

It's been three weeks since we arrived in Punta del Este following our tough Southern Ocean leg from Wellington around Cape Horn. Life ashore brings always a great variety of emotions, from the happyness of celebrating the arrival, to the hard work we need to put in to prepare the boat for the next leg to the inevitable stress of the expenses we face each time we stop. Luckily we are being hosted in the rooms of the Yacht Club Punta del Este who has been extremely welcoming and nice to us as otherwise life in the Monte Carlo of South America is painfully expensive.

My new co-skipper for the remainder of the race, fellow Italian former Mini sailor Sergio Frattaruolo, has joined me in Punta and has been working hard on the boat, servicing whinches and helping me with all repairs. 

Our broken spinnaker has been fixed by North Sails in Montevideo, we also had to replace all the boom reef lines sheaves which had become brittle due to prolonged UV exposure and had started to break. The rest was ordinary maintenance but even after 20 thousand miles at sea I'm still puzzled at each stopover at how long a job list can get. I spent 4 hours scrubbing the boat which was incredibly dirty (you could see we had green growth even on arrival which isnt too good for speed!), the scrubbing is not over yet as there have been some interesting exchange of opinions with the local diving service who was not to happy with the Financial Crisis do it yourself and save approach!

Of course the biggest piece of news of this stopover will remain that of my engagement to my girlfriend Ella. We have to thank my sponsor Ventana Group who has made it possible for us to meet at each stopver, covering the cost of her flights to Buenos Aires where I spent a wonderful week in her company, popping the question over a humble dish of pasta I was a little nervous which luckily she found very sweet - she said yes by the way!

The start is in just under two weeks and the schedule is packed, tomorrow a convoy of beautiful Mustang cars will drive from Montevideo to Punta del Este to great Financial Crisis, a gathering orchestrated by the Mustang Club of Italy who's been cheering and supporting me since the start. I will meet the Italian Consul for Uruguay and later the Slovak Ambassador, I am really happy of this moral support from both my home countries. We still have skipper briefings to attend, the prizegiving for the previous leg, a press conference... the weather is nice and the atmosphere is good, there is far less apprehension that when we were about to face the south but this is not to say the next leg will be easy!

A massive thank you as usual to all those who have kept sending messages of support and helped us with repairs and stopover costs with donations throgh the website at it is a lifeline that has helped us getting this far and pushing forward till the finish. 


A rather belated

A rather belated congratulations from us both to you & Ella! Great news to read of your engagement and good to hear you are keeping that kiwi on his toes. You keep up that good work in the final leg. We will be following your progress all the way.

Lots of love,
Sarah & Ben Spencer, Wellington, NZ.

Congratulations Marco and

Congratulations Marco and Ella. I believe your engagement present should be something special that you will never forget.... like a podium finish in the 2011/12 GOR!