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!!!

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... increasing sail area would keep you
surfing on rails, but the waves are just too big and you have to wait...
the boat slows down and you surf some waves then skip a few then surf
another one.

I was in the cockpit, standing and watching the majestic waves, a bit
preoccupied as they were steeper than in the past days, although we are in
very deep waters well away from the Tasman shelf the sea is confused as
the usually uninterrupted flow of southern ocean water masses is
probably disturbed by the proximity of land and shallower waters to the
north. Some of the wave crests were breaking heavily. Just as i stood
there a massive wave with a very steep front lifts our stern, i could only
hold on and watch the boat speed surge past 23 knots in what felt like
vertical free fall. At the bottom of the wave the wind cut off almost
completely shadowed by the wall of water behind us, both headsail and
mainsail flapped powerless and we gybed gently but, almost immediately, as
the wave caught up and lifted the boat from trough to peak the full force
of 45 knots of wind slammed the mainsail across, the square top had
flipped to the other side of the runner and as we crashed gybed again,
this time very violently, i could only watch powerless three battens
held captive by the runner snap and one batten pocket rip open...

No time to cry, i woke up Hugo and we got to work, lowering the mainsail
completely and patiently removing the three broken battens, easier said
then done when they are broken in bits inside a pocket... we cut the spare
long battens we carried tied to the rail to measure and got the job done,
it must have taken us a good hour whilst the boat was still being tossed
around a lot...

We now gybed north again as the wind is due to increase further still and
we want to get out of the worst yet to come in time... until the sea state
improves we decided to take the 3rd reef so that in the event of another
crash gybe hopefully less sail area will prevent further damage.

1250 miles to go and believe me, i really want to get there, this is
tiring and frustrating especially after 29 consecutive days at sea...

Another job on the repair list, new battens, spare battens, repairs to the
mainsail... i wish i could say it could have been easily prevented, we
always have to find the balance between speed and risk, for days we got
away with this sail configuration in similar conditions, today one wave
was enough to cause substantial damage in the space of a few seconds...

So, this is another occasion to thank profusely all those of you who have
made donations to our racing funds through, in
the past few days, I will get a full list of names and email addresses
once i get to Wellington to thank you individually but we have raised an
incredible 4225 pounds towards repairs, you have all been absolutely
wonderful, family, close friends as well as strangers who have been
following our progress over the weeks.

A special thank you to Mark Blomfield whose contribution was
particularly generous and came on the eve of Christmas and lifting the
spirits on board and the outlook for the Wellington stopover repairs.