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...

 

WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO?

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

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27 Novembre 2012 ore 21:00 - VERONA
Sala Convegni Unicredit - Via Garibaldi 2, Verona
Scarica la locandina di Verona

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28 Novembre 2012 ore 21:00 - PADOVA
Palazzo Del Turismo - Centro Congressi
Via Scavi 14, 35036 Montegrotto Terme (PD)

Scarica la locandina di Padova

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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 marco.nannini@yahoo.co.uk

 

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!!!

Surfing into the Pacific Ocean and a reminder of our luck

Yesteday we passed Cape Leeuwin, about 500 miles to our north and have
now, geographically speaking, entered the Pacific Ocean... we have just
under 2500 miles left to sail in this second leg of the Global Ocean Race
and after all the nasty weather we had to endure for over a week today we
are blessed with sunshine in what feels as a hot summer day, relatively
speaking, but 20C is the most we've seen since leaveing Cape Town.

We are gently sufing with our A5 spinnaker and really appreciating the
break from heavy weather.

Christmas has come early on board Financial Crisis, donations to
the race funds have come in hard and fast through the web page
www.marconannini.com/help after mentioning the extent of the damage caused
by the bad weather and my eternal struggle to keep this project going,
there is a definite and real risk that i will have to pull the plug in
Wellington, but i'm still hoping to find a solution in time for the
restart of leg 3 on the 29th of January. I have received also many
messages of encouragement and moral support as we sailed thorough force 10
winds yesterday and wished to thank each of you for the kind words and
wanted to apologise for not finding the time to answer to all messages.

One person in particular donated a staggering one thousand pounds, I was
left confused for a long time trying to understand how and why of this
incredibly generous gesture. A brief message added that his wife has MS,
multiple sclerosis, and wished we could remind the world of this terrible
disease. So if anyone in Wellington knows people working in this field,
perhaps working for a charity either researching MS or assisting people
affected by this disease, we'd like to meet them and see how we can
generate some informative interest on the subject during the stopover
using this race as a loud speaker to the rest of the world. Please contact
myself or my partner Ella at either of these email addresses to discuss:
marco.nannini@yahoo.co.uk or connolly_ella@yahoo.com

As we dry our clothes and bones in the sunshine and dream of hot showers
steaks and beers we hope you are all gearing up for Christmas, i never was
a fan but all it takes is a few southern ocean storms to realise that
eating good food surrounded by your family and loved ones is actually a
damn nice thing to do... so, i think i'll really miss this one.

If you wish to send us your Christmas wishes you can do so for free at
www.marconannini.com/sms looking forward to a few drunken festive messages
ciao ciao!!!

Ciao Marco! Sono contento che by Vincent Schwager (not verified)