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!!!

Ecco le novita', nuovo sito e calendario attivita' di vela d'altura

Nuove e buone notizie dall'associazione sportiva di recente creazione interamente dedicata alla vela d'altura. Nel corso delle ultime settimane e' continuato dietro le quinte l'incessante lavoro per definire le attivita', espandere la flotta di barche a disposizione e avviare un calendario di attivita'. Ecco tutte le novita'. 


Abbiamo lanciato un nuovo sito,, interamente in italiano e interamente dedicato alle attivita' didattiche dell'associazione sportiva. Qui troverete tutte le info sui corsi, le uscite, e il caledario delle attivita' che i soci potranno consultare e prenotare direttamente dal sito. 


Poco per volta stiamo definendo nuovi accordi che ci permettano di offrire attivita' di vela d'altura sempre piu' interessanti e variegate. Innanzitutto e' confermata la partecipazione alle attivita' di "WaWa", il Class40 dell'armatore Roberto Coggi con il quale abbiamo partecipato alla 151 miglia a fine maggio ed organizzato altre attivita' fra aprile e giugno. Sono dunque due i Class40, identici, a nostra disposizione permettendoci di creare nuovi eventi e nuove uscite e siamo sicuri che i weekend con corso regata che vedranno le due barche duellare l'una contro l'altra saranno particolarmente stuzzicanti. 

L'altra novita' e' la disponibilita' del Mini 6.50 "Liska" dell'armatore Andrea Pecchioli con il quale i soci potranno scoprire questa interessante classe, vera e propria palestra per l'altura. 


Il ventaglio di attivita' che organizziamo direttamente o che supportiamo e' in espansione, i prossimi mesi sono ricchi di interessanti proposte, con un corso ISAF di sicurezza in mare organizzato da Safety World di Umberto Verna il 13-14 Settembre, uscite in Class40 e in Mini 6.50 e una nuova edizione del corso di Meteorologia che avevo gia' tenuto ad Aprile. Per consultare tutte le iniziative consultare il sito al link:


Per il programma dettagliato di tutte le attivita' dell'associazione consultate il calendario: sono previste uscite gia' ad Agosto con un weekend in mare il 24-25.


Per maggiori informazioni contattatemi all'indirizzo o chiamando il 3204093306