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!!!

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. We
still have over 1200 miles to go and we're doing our best to manage our
position relative to Phesheya, we dipped south to cover them several days
ago when we started to have our first doubts as to the feasibility of the
northern route taken by Cessna, which was shorter on paper but uphill all
the way and relied on being able to sail above and in front of the
high pressure system.

Now, mainly thanks to Phesheya who forced us to rethink our route when
they broke away from the pack and dipped to the south, we are enjoying
idyllic sailing conditions and most importantly have climbed up the ranks
against Cessna who, on the other hand, have been quite unlucky, the high
moved faster to the north east than initially forecast meaning they could
not stay above and ahead of the system and have yesterday been forced to
dip south to skirt the centre of the high to the west, this is costing them
many precious miles and we are thankful to the albatrosses, deep sea
creatures and fair wind gods for this turn of events. The route to cape
town is still relatively long, 2 Fastnets to go approximately, 1200 miles
of open ocean. When I look at the wave crests lifting our stern before a
surf in the chill of the freezing Southern Ocean night, gently but firmly,
I know who's daddy down here, our priority is to ensure we do not break
anything and safely steer our bow to Cape Town, where coincidentally is
where steak, beer and a hot showers are! Holding onto this third place
would be an extremely welcome bonus. Thank you for the many messages of
congratulations received today, but the fat lady has not sung yet so you'll
have to bear with us a little longer.

We received many emails asking what had happened of Clubby so we thought
an update was due. After Giusy the African Egret unceremoniously dumped
him, preferring to die rather than spend another day in his company,
Clubby has thought hard about his ways and antics and I guess had a bit of
a mid life crisis in the solitary confinement of a vessel at sea which all
seems a little pathetic to me. We are not sure about his new friends
either, odd looking fellas, lacking nerve and conviction. I think Clubby
needs to hit downtown Cape Town and he'll be back to his old self rather
than turn into a boring damp squid, what do you think?

Another round of massive thank you's for the donations still coming in
towards our racing funds, we will be able to foot the bill for repairing
the expensive wind instruments we lost in a squall 10 days ago and have
more than enough left for a few big steaks and pints of beer in Cape Town.
If you wish to be part of the growing number of people who are supporting
our cash strapped campaign visit