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!!!

Sailing arond the world is like music to your ears

During the night we crossed the equator for a second time in six months,
technicalities and definitions apart i think i can now say I have sailed
around the world.

When i entered the race in April 2010, i probably didnt have a full grasp
of what i was setting out to do. At first i thought a round the world
racing project would easily attract the interest of sponsors but with the
world at a standstill over a deepening eurozone crisis and the fear of a
double dip recession things got harder and harder until I had to make some
tough decisions, I quit my job and set off anyway propped only by a few
minor sponsors, my lifetime savings and some borrowed money.

It's been an amazing 6 months since we set off in Palma, lack of budget
has taken away some of the fun but i'm sure that time will make me feel a
great sense of achievement to compensate for it.

When i was in Punta del Este every person i met came to shake hands and
say congratulations, you'd think that's normal after a tough rounding of
Cape Horn but i soon found out they were all referring to a different
piece of news, that of my engagement to my soon wife-to-be Ella! Ella's
support in following my passion and ambition has been unconditional
throughout the race and it underpinned my decision to carry on when i very
nearly retired from the race in Wellington, she knew i had to go through
with it regardless of the finances. The contributions received from the
public became crucial and I'll never through what initially was meant to
be a lighthearted page of my website at

After the race Ella and I will somewhat swap roles. Luckily she's not
setting off for a round the world sailing trip, i couldnt bear the months
apart again. The boat is for sale and I will need to earn some serious
money fast repay my debts; we're getting married in Autumn. It will be
time for me to reciprocate the support i received in following my passion.
Ella will soon quit her career in the legal profession just as i quit mine
in banking to concentrate on a project that takes her back to her true and
deep rooted interest in classical music.

Ella and I launched a piano competition that will take place in the first
week of October in London. The Open Piano Competition
(www.openpianocompetition) is open for entries to people of all
backgrounds, amateurs and professionals alike with no age restrictions and
will provide many talented pianists an opportunity to keep alive their
passion for the piano regardless of their age or the path that their life
has taken, like sailors only a few selected pianists successfully make a
living out of their passion and most have to have real jobs on the side!

I will provide all the support she needs as she did during my Global Ocean
Race, certainly no musical advice, I'm totally tone deaf and with the
musical talent of one of those small annoying yappy type dogs. I will give
instead some advice on the administration of the company as I had to setup
my own to run this campaign and I will be sharing the hard lessons I learnt
when raising sponsorship for sailing, because unfortunately even a piano
competition needs sponsors, advertisers or philantropic donations to run.
Is it just me or it sounds like sailing again?! The reality is that passion
can drive people to amazing achievements and the true priviledge is in
being allowed a shot at following your heart.

If you have an interest in classical music you should definitely have a
look at and if you were looking to support an
arts project this is the perfect opportunity, please contact Ella at or call her on +447701060582 she's just as
passionate as I am about my sailing and it wont take you long to
understand why we're getting married.