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!!!

Second place throught the Celox scoring gate

The last few days have been, as predicted, a drag race towards the
north-east corner of Brasil, all tactical decision had been played out
earlier around the tricky corner near Rio de Janeiro where the wind tends
to be always on the nose and there is a nasty counter current. Since then
we've proceeded in a near perfect straight line to this next corner where
we'll all "turn left" towards Charleston. The Celox virtual scoring gate
is placed on this turning point which marks the beginning of the next
phase of the race and we're quite pleased to be crossing in second place
after the boys on Cessna who unfortunately have slipped from our reach and
are further ahead. We've however succeeded in our intermediate goal of
being first of the three first generation Akilarias in the race and kept
the Dutch and South african teams behind us.

Getting here has been a little more involved than we had anticipated, the
trade winds motorway was definitely not the smooth ride we expected. Every
afternoon the sky would swell with clouds forming out of the damp hot air,
each cloud approaching would bring stronger winds at first but a wind hole
behind it with significant wind shifts making for tricky sail changes. We
kept swapping between our furling solent and our furling gennaker.
Normally when the gennaker is not in use it is taken down to avoid the
risk of it coming unfurled and damaged but we figured we needed to be
agile and in the ever changing conditions so we kept it up all the time
and were able to rapidly go from one head sail to the other and keep
creeping forward during the phases of variable winds and until the air
cleared out again giving again regular winds. Perhaps it has nothing to do
with skill and we were just luckier than our followers in finding fewer
"potholes" along our road and are very happy with the advantage of nearly
100 miles we were able to accumulate in this stretch of water over our
sparring partners on Phesheya.

Last night we brought out our masthead spinnaker which has a beautiful cut
and can be sailed at a very hot angle, I am so glad we repaired it in
Punta del Este, it's such a beautiful sail which kept us going very nicely
all day. I believe we're the only boat in the race that is still sailing
with the same 9 sails we set off with in Palma, apart from a few
inevitable accidents with the spinnakers subsequently repaired along the
way, the sail choice has been perfect, we had very reliable sails in the
strong winds and some killer sails for the light airs, I really have to
thank Roberto Westermann, personal friend and sailmaker at Di-Tech in
Lavagna, Italy, who put so much thought into this selection building a top
choice of sails.

As we turned the corner the ever adverse current of last week has given
way to a pleasantly favourable current adding over half a knot to our
speed since a few hours ago, i think we're on the edges of the Guyana
current which should help us on our way to Charleston giving back some of
the miles stolen by the Brasil current.

Life on board, as a consequence of the recent weather pattern, has gone
daily from tedious to fastidious - tedious in the regular winds and
extremely frustrating during the tricky rain clouds wind shifts. The heat
is increasing and i found myself steering in my pants and t-shirt during
the rain showers, the air cools down somewhat and after a while exposed to
wind and rain can experience a glimpse of that feeling of "cold" that you
keep dreaming of the rest of the time, my feet are swelling as a result of
the heat, i had experienced the same problem during leg one but luckily
this time it does not seem to be nearly as bad. When i left Punta del Este
my abdominal area was also quite swallen, I feared a problem with water
retention but after a consultation with my doctor he confirmed it was a
case of beer, burger and pizza retention which should be cured by the far
less appealing freeze dried food diet of recent.