Luca Tosi, 35 year old from Venice, Italy, is the first skipper to enter the Global Solo Challenge in the newly created Super-Zero Group for boats rated 1.091 to 1.250. This is the fastest group, which effectively allows the choice of a variety of performance boats including, notably, Class40s, however with some limitations, given the event entry restrictions only early production vintage Class40 such as Akilarias RC1 and Pogo 40S will be allowed. Luca’s blue eyes are already set on the idea of participating on a Class40 with the goal of becoming the second person to complete a circumnavigation, single-handed, unassisted, on a Class40 after the late Guo Chuan, the first during an organised event.
Until now Joe Harris has completed a circumnavigation on a Class40 single-handed, but was force to two stops for repairs whereas the Chinese Guo Chuan remains the only person to have completed the voyage non-stop on a Class40 in 137 days and 20 hours. His record is still the official reference time to beat as recorded by the WSSRC.
A further two attempts were made: the first by the Italian Matteo Miceli who despite rounding the three capes sustained structural issues a few thousand miles from reaching his goal when he lost his keel. The second attempt was by Gaetano Mura who retired in Australia following incessant autopilot issues.
Luca Tosi has sailed in the Mini Transat 2009, the Quebec-St.Malò 2012 on the Open 50 Vento di Sardegna, has attempted records on 20′ open sports catamarans both solo and double handed, has raced in other races such as the 500×2, the Middle Sea Race, the Loro Piana superyacht regatta and the Beblue.com regatta. His quest to find a suitable boat has started.
But let’s hear it from the always funny and good-humoured blond bearded adventurer!
Where does your passion for sailing come from?
I’m working with a therapist to try to understand that, but for the moment is not really clear.
What are the lessons you learnt from sailing?
“Non dire gatto se non ce l’hai nel sacco” (proverb equivalent to “Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched!”)
What brought you to like single-handed sailing?
I imagined it as an intimate and spiritual voyage in the deep of the circle of the life.
What prompted you to sign up for this event?
I think it is a good way to achieve my solo round the world sailing dream, in a smart way.
How do you plan to prepare for this event?
Sailing, yard work, and training.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge?
To be “ready” at the starting line.
Tell us about your boat or the boat you would like to have?
I’m looking for a class 40.
Do you intend to link this personal challenge with a social message?
I would love to share this project with “special” people.
- Mini Transat 2009
- Quebec-St.Malò 2012 (Open 50)
- 1/2 Atlantic records on a 20′ sport catamaran
- 500×2 Race
- Middle Sea Race
- Loro Piana superyacht regatta
- Beblue.com regatta