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We have arrived in Les Sables D’Olonne taking second place Just a brief message to say we are in Les Sables D’Olonne, even the last few hours of this Global Ocean Race have been quite intense with a front sweeping over our heads giving us winds gusting 45 knots this morning, rather unusual for june. Read more

Final Day for Marco Nannini in Global Ocean Race

Today is the last full day at sea for us, in around 24 hours we should be making landfall and reach Les Sables D’Olonne and bring to a conclusion this epic jurney. We’ve been making very good progrees with strong following winds pushing us for days but the adventure is not quite over yet. Last Read more

Riding the storm – fast progress towards the finish

Progress in the last couple of days has been fantastic. Last week we had to take a difficult choice to slow down to avoid the worst of a severe depression that was about to cross our path, as it turned out we saw some horrible conditions and had some damage to sails, Cessna ahead of Read more

Sail damage in serious nose dive during storm

I’ve just had a dinner of rice with a thai green sauce and a peanut bar for desert, slowly recovering from the busy day. The gale we faced yesterday left us with a few issues to deal with. We had chosen a route that kept us away from the very worst of the deepening depression Read more

Gale force winds to hit GOR fleet soon

I will certainly remember leg five of the Global Ocean Race as the one where time expanded, we’re not even half way and i feel like i’ve been on this boat for 9 consecutive months. Perhaps the anticipation for the imminent finish of the whole race plays tricks with my mind or perhaps it’s simply Read more

Leading the fleet in the wake of tropical storm Alberto

Last night was tough, in fact some of the worst we’ve seen in the entire race. After we left Charleston we received a warning of an approaching tropical storm with winds potentially up to 55knots, the night was approaching and we had already reduced sail to 3 reefs and the staysail… we had a tough Read more

Marco second into Charleston

Finally here we are, Sergio and I literally just crossed the finish line in front of Charleston Harbour, it’s the middle of the night, just after midnight local time, the race officials are about to board the boat to check the engine seals and then we’ll be able to drop the sails and motor towards Read more

A gentle ride into South Carolina

The latest update from Marco Nannini We have 340 miles left to Charleston, we are pleased with how things have gone in the past 2 days, after the tactical move to cover Phesheya we feel a little more in control of our destiny. Our advantage over them has plummeted from 120 miles to just 40 Read more

Heading left on the chessboard

  The last 24 hours have been incredibly frustrating, the whole day we negotiated the passage of many rain clouds which played havoc with the wind, on average we had a lot less than predicted by the forecast and after each downpour we hoped things would stabilise but the never ending sequence of squalls followed Read more

End of the trade winds

  Just as i write a big rain cloud on the horizon has brought a sudden windshift, this is the first we encounter since leaving the unstable airs around the equator and unfortunately it probably signals the end of the stable band of the trade winds… We have 1350 miles to the finish which will Read more