Breaking news from Cape Town - Financial Crisis to announce crew change for leg two of GOR

We have been in Cape Town for a week so here is a long overdue update following the emotional finish with the glorious sight of Table Mountain in the background. One of the first comments that race director Josh Hall shared with me was that the crews arriving in this edition of the Global Ocean Race were far more tired and exhausted than three years ago, I was totally drained so I was not surprised to hear this, the battle for the podium in the final stages of the race pushed us to new limits and claimed all residual energies. It has taken me several days to feel anywhere near normal, and with no lack of celebrations and social gatherings it has been even more difficult to catch up with sleep. 

A night of drama and a hard fought podium result into Cape Town

This is just a brief message to say that we've crossed the finish line to take third in the first leg of the Global Ocean Race managing to keep Cessna behind to the finish. Paul and I are absolutely exhausted but incredibly delighted. We have given absolutely all we had to give to achieve this result... It was not as straight forward as it first may seem, however close the battle was on the tracker drama unfolded thickening the plot in the darkest hours of the night. Just after the 9pm position report we had gained just enough miles to start believing it was going to be possible, we had 22 miles lead with 150 to go and at that stage we were better positioned relative to the finish line and polling higher speeds.

Less than a thousands miles to go

We just broke through the barrier of the 1000 miles to go to Cape Town,
it's still a lot and the pressure is high, Cessna is 114 miles behind at
the last ping but they are giving it all averaging over 12 knots now and
curving fast onto the rhumb line.

Southern Ocean sailing at its best

The Southern Ocean with its albatrosses and deep sea creatures is treating
us well, we are sailing on the edge of a high pressure system in following
winds and a pleasant spring sunshine, we have been averaging more than 10
knots for a couple of days now covering many miles towards Cape Town.

Fast miles towards Tristan da Cunha

First of all big congratulations to Ross and Campbell Field, and to Halvard
Mabire and Miranda Merron for their first leg achievement, all winners in my
eyes for their display of experience, determination and skill in negotiating
their route to Cape Town.

We have turned the corner, I feel, in this endless leg to Cape Town, our sails
are finally free, we are heading towards Tristan da Cunha which we intend to
leave well to port before progressively curving in towards Cape Town. Boat
speed is in the nines and tens and should get in the regular tens once the wind
frees a little bit further.

Stars, water, and this and that

After a windless night where frustration run high we picked some wind
restoring some of the lost faith in the concept of sailing a freaking boat
from A to B without murdering anyone. I sometimes shout my lungs out to
the elements, not so much with Paul on the boat, as once I scared the
living shit out of him as he woke from deep sleep to a shouting maniac,
but when I sailed solo I was definitely all for cursing as loudly as
possible, creatively cursing, the godless clouds, the dolphins and the
birds and whatever comes at hand, as a form of cathartic therapy, until
you feel better or the wind comes back.

Ghosting and drifting with the Ciccio's Code

A month into the first leg of the Global Ocean Race and we are negotiating
a high pressure system right in our path, preventing us from making any
progress towards Cape Town.

The weather gave me a chance to climb the mast and see what happened with
the wind instruments.

Straight to Cape Town? Computer says no

We are now into our fifth week at sea, tomorrow it'll be a month we'left
Palma, it's a bloody long time! Longer than I have ever been, with 22 days
at the Route du Rhum my previous longest... Yet, here, with the current
complex forecast, we estimate another two whole weeks before we get into
Cape Town, two more weeks of blocking away images of steaks and chips,
beer, hot showers, a bed, clean clothes, a decent coffee with a nice
croissant, freshly squeezed orange juice, I even dare say salad (but
definitely not high on the list!)....

Back to basics on Financial Crisis after loss of wind instruments

Short blog today, just after sunset yesterday all hell broke loose like
someone had pressed a giant button that said mayhem. The wind very
suddenly piped up from 20 to 30 knots, we were pinned down with too much
sail and took a while to restore order. Once reefed and taking a pasting
in the winds and waves we lost the wind readings on the NKE instruments. At
first I thought I could fix it, we had already lost our primary,
vertical wind instrument in the doldrums and were running on the
spare, sturdy horizontal so i hoped it was just a wiring problem, i spent
hours below rewiring the little boxes but to no avail, I did at least
manage to restore the use of the autopilot in compass mode.

Weather for ducks and... chocolate

We are beating our brains to mash into the south-easterlies, not too bad
so far, staysail and one reef in solid 20 knots, boat slamming, waves
crashing across the cockpit, it's wet out there, cant find a strong enough
reason to be there, sleeping under a warm duvet seems just fine as the
autopilot battles the freaking elements, no traces of any shipping,
radar reflector and AIS totally silent. I think it is safe to say we
are in the middle of freaking no where. Even Paul who normally is in the
cockpit unless is taking a nap or eating is finding the comforts of the
port master cabin to be far more agreeable then the jet wash in the

Audio message from Marco & Paul

To listen to the audio message click on the attached file below.

Intense 24hours and a break to the west

It's definitely been an intense past 24 hours, getting through the
Gibraltar straight was a wild ride, squeezing through at night with winds
building to 35knots in choppy seas was like driving a jeep down a narrow
mountain path at night with no brakes.

Once on the other side we went south, we knew the wind was going to
decrease progressively and due to the tiredeness we postponed some of the
gear changes failing to make the most of the opportunity to pull back
miles on the opposition, we wanted to gybe west but at the same time we
are very conscious that we do not want too much separation between us and
the rest, we want to stay with the pack, which has its advantages and
disatvantages, it contains the risks as well as reduces the opportunities.

On board all well, after the

Global Ocean Race Rehab Program: stop smoking

I swore plenty of times i would give up smoking and finally the Global
Ocean Race has given me the context and final push, it was something i
wanted to do for a long time, tried and failed, plus we have no money, so
it made perfect sense to leave dock, cold turkey with no cigarettes.
40-45 days at sea should be the perfect rehab.

So far, as the photo shows, I have managed perfectly with just some
nicotine replacement patches, i have not let my sudden irritability and
feelings of frustration become an issue on board. I am a strong confident
person, breathe, I am a strong confindent person...

Long tiring night pushing the boat hard

We had fast sailing conditions through the night, the picture is of Paul
showing off his helming at over 20knots in 30knots of breeze. We love
those big numbers on the Sailmon, the big bright instrument repeater. We
pushed throught the night and got really tired, but the position reports
showed us catching up which was enough motivation to push more...

In the morning we crossed paths and took over Phesheya, we had a chat on
VHF, they reported a couple of broken main batten cars and a conservative
night (which explains our gains).

Galloping down the waves

Amazing day, the wind picked up and off we went free surfing. Launching
the boat down the small Mediterranean waves, with a gust of wind behind,
the hull takes off in a wall of spray, grin on the face, concentrating
hard on keeping the boat upright... fantastic stuff.

As we've been busy and taking turns helming there's not been much time to
sit down and write. All has been good on board, wind now up to 30 knots,
fractional spinnaker and one reef in the main.

Today we'd like to thank our friends at the Mustang Club of Italy who has
supported us to get here.

We are sailing around the world! The GOR has started!

I occasionally shine a torch to the sails to check the trim, otherwise the
only other lights are a billion dots above our head in a perfect starry
sky. and the navigation lights of the other Global Ocean Race adventurers
still in sight.

It's still a couple of hours to sunrise, we have taken turns to sleep a
bit. After sunset when finally the wind stabilised and we lost sight of
Mallorca, the tension dropped and we both managed to rest: it was
certainly a big day, to set off to sail around the world!

Global Ocean Race: Nannini and Peggs will ride "Financial Crisis" through the doldrums

Palma, Mallorca. Two days to the start of the Global Ocean Race (GOR) 2011/2012, the 30,000 mile double handed round-the-world yacht race, the Anglo-Italian team composed of Marco Nannini and Paul Peggs has not managed to raise a title sponsor for their campaign. The duo is making no secret of their struggle to raise funds and over a round of beers has decided to take the bull by the horns and rename the boat "Financial Crisis", as a reminder of the current economic climate. 

A big question mark five days to the start of the Global Ocean Race

Palma, 20 September, just five days to the start of the Global Ocean Race and we are left with just a big question mark on the side of our boat. All hope for a last minute title sponsorship deal has now evaporated, despite months of trying and pushing nothing significant has materialised. We are however very grateful to all the race partners and secondary sponsors that are behind us encouraging us to push forward and softening the blow of what is now a 75% self funded campaign. We still have to decide what to call the boat for the race.

Endeavour Quay

Endeavour Quay




Con il Patrocinio della Citta' di Torino

Chatham Marine joins Nannini and Peggs for the Global Ocean Race

Palma, Mallorca - With less than 2 weeks to the start of the start of the double-handed round the world Global Ocean Race (GOR) 2011/2012 the teams in Palma are hard at work with their final preparations for the start of the first leg from Palma to Cape Town. Sanding, painting, grinding, shifting boxes, climbing masts and scrubbing decks all the teams end up looking a bit scruffy at the end of a hard day's work, but Marco Nannini and Paul Peggs have been able to count on the support of Chatham Marine to look impeccable in the Mallorcan evenings home to many a multi million superyachts. The anglo-italian duo certainly looks the part in their Chatham Marine sponsored clothing and shoes (although they clearly both need a haircut!)

Nannini/Peggs team boat arrives in Palma after 1800 miles delivery trip

After a 1800 miles delivery from Gosport, UK, to Palma, Mallorca, in Spain Paul has arrived to destination with the boat we will sail in the Global Ocean Race (GOR) 2011/2012. The photo shows the satellite tracking of the boat thanks to the "Shout" Iridium tracker. It's handheld and a really nifty piece of equipment.

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