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!!!

We are thorugh the storm without any damage!

Storm is over, back to normality. After a couple of nasty and
uncomfortable sailing days we just hoisted the small spinnaker and are
finally heading east at decent speeds. The computer has recalculated the
expected date of arrival in wellington and instead of some crazy date six
months in the future we finally show arriving in the early days of
january, fingers crossed that's what will happen.

Sailing through the stormy conditions of yesterday and the day before was
wet, tiring, cold and uncomfortable, we went down to storm jib and 3 reefs
in the mainsail and beat for hours on end in 35-40 knots with gusts to 45.

The sea state was horrendous as for some reason we keep coming across
random surface currents sometimes in favour sometimes against of up to 2
knots, in high winds these currents contributed to stirring a very nasty
sea with cross waves and no apparent pattern or sense... occasionally the
boat would climb a wave from nowhere at right angles and fall from the top
into a trough with the loudest of crashes, i kept checking the floor and
keel box for any signs of damage, maybe i was being paranoid, but with the
closest piece of land nearly 2000 miles away you tend to worry about these

Through the worst of the winds, when it was blowing solid 40 knots under a
rainy sky the colour of lead and charcoal, rain drops would hit your face
with such violence they hurt, they hurt your eyeballs when you tried to
look forward and any trip to the cockpit involved a total soaking.

Today when things got better we first hoisted the staysail, then removed a
reef from the mainsail, then it was time for the solent, now finally we
are flying our smallest spinnaker, the A5, and the spirits are definitely
much higher although both Hugo and I are tired, the stormy conditions take
their toll, you are never quite there, either trying to sleep in wet
foulies, or forcing some food your stomac does not really welcome or stare
at the instruments hoping you dont have to go outside to be wipped by icy

The Indian Ocean has already given us a few kickings, the first night of
this leg and now these last couple of days: you fear it in a different
way, with that feeling that yes you must try to avoid the worst as you
don't want to find out how bad it really can get. We tacked south to avoid
the worst, added many miles and lost time, but glad we did so, when it was
blowing 45 knots we started to feel we were no longer in full control, it
was not dangerous yet as we could have of course run downwind or hove-to
or dropped sail, but we could not sail in the direction we wanted and we
were being thrown about and started slamming uncomfortably, we certainly
were not racing, just pushing forward.

Thanks for all the messages of support you sent us during the worst
moments, for those wanting to send us a message please do so through the
satellite service at, it's free, dont worry, we
pick up the bill!

A massive thank you also to those that thought of us during the storm and
sent us virtual gifts of beers and steaks to keep us motivated using the