Marco Nannini - Capo Horn

The event is organised by the UK registered company Marco Nannini LTD, 3rd floor, 166 College Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 1BH, UK, represented by its managing director Marco Nannini. Please contact us for further information. The Event, its name, logo, website, social media pages and all their content are the sole property of Marco Nannini LTD. All rights, title, intellectual property, Copyright, contractual and other entitlements of and relating to the Event, its name, logo, website, social media pages and all their content, vest in and are retained by Marco Nannini LTD.

Marco Nannini - Event Director

Marco Nannini is a sailor, writer and consultant in marketing and communication with a financial background.

I know the commitment it takes to undertake a round the world sailing project. I experienced the sense of achievement it brings and the sacrifice it takes. I never underestimated the risks involved, i learnt the importance of mitigating and managing them. I wish to provide a safe and budget friendly event to achieve a dream that many sailors have.

  • DirectorBarca a Vela” – Sailing magazine – Current;
  • CEOPrime Consulting” – SME Business Consultancy – Current;
  • Director “Training Centre for Offshore Sailing” – 2013 to 2018;
  • Author Dalla banca all’oceano Longanesi – 2015;
  • Medal for Merit – Presidency of the Senate, Italy 2013;
  • Sailor of the Year, Italy 2012;
  • Global Ocean Race 2011/2012 – Competitor, Class 40, 2nd Overall;
  • Route du Rhum 2010 – Competitor, Class40, 27th/45;
  • Round Britain and Ireland – Competitor, Class40, 2nd Overall;
  • OSTAR 2009 – Competitor IRC3, 1st Place;
  • Risk Manager – UniCredit – 2006 to 2011;
  • Business Analyst – Finance – 2000 to 2006;
  • 1st Class Hons Degree in Economics and Finance – University of York, Class 2000;

Josh Hall - EVENT Management Consultant

Josh Hall is an experienced Race Management Consultant with an enviable list of achievements both in terms of offshore yachting experience and as a Project Manager. His skills and vision have proved to be invaluable in Crisis Management situations.

A competitor in such races as the early BOC Challenge, the Around Alone, and the Vendée Globe as well as numerous OSTAR’s and TJV’s, he worked on projects for Emma Richards, Alex Thomson, Steve White and many more as well as famously organising the Global Ocean Race. His contribution to the project is of enormous importance on all aspects of race management and safety requirements definition.

  • 1985-87 Crew aboard 60ft Catamaran “British Airways” with Robin KnoxJohnston
  • 1988 Skipper 34ft monohull “Spirit of Ipswich in OSTAR , 3rd on handicap
  • 1989 Skipper Open50 “New Spirit of Ipswich” Round Britain Race, 1st Class 2
  • 1990 Skipper Open50 “New Spirit of Ipswich” BOC Challenge, 3rd Class 2
  • 1991 Skipper Open50 “New Spirit of Ipswich” BOC Transatlantic Race 1st Overall
  • 1994 Skipper Open60 “Gartmore 1” BOC Challenge, rescued in South Atlantic after collision with container
  • 1995 Skipper Open60 “Gartmore 2” Bermuda 1-2 Race, 1st overall
  • 1996 Skipper Open60 “Gartmore 2” OSTAR, 2nd Class 1 • 1998 Skipper Open60 “Gartmore 3” Around Alone Race. Dismasted Southern Pacific Ocean, 1500 miles under jury rig
  • 1999 Skipper Open60 “Gartmore 3” TJV, 7th Class 1
  • 2000 Skipper Open60 “EBP/Gartmore 3” Vendee Globe, 9th Place
  • 2001 Skipper Open60 “Gartmore 3” EDS Atlantic Challenge, 4th Place
  • 2005 Co-Skipper Open50 “Gryphon Solo” Transat Jacques Vabre , 1st Place
  • 2002 Project Manager “Pindar” Open60 Around Alone Race for Emma Richards
  • 2003 Project Manager “Hugo Boss” Open60 Transat Jacques Vabre for Alex Thomson
  • 2004 Project Manager “Spirit of Weymouth” Open50 OSTAR for Steve White
  • 2005 Project Manager “Hugo Boss” Open60 Vendee Globe for Alex Thomson
  • 2006 Project Manager and co-skipper Open50 “Gryphon Solo” TJV for Joe Harris
  • 2007 Project Manager “Spirit of Yukoh” Open60 Velux 5 Oceans Race for Koji Shiraishi
  • 2008 Project Manager “Pegasus” Open50 Trans-Pacific Race for Philippe Kahn
  • 2007 Project Manager “Hugo Boss” Open60 Barcelona World Race for Alex Thomson
  • 2008 Project Manager “Spirit of Weymouth” Open60 The Transat Race for Steve White
  • 2009 Project Consultant “ Toe in the Water” Open60 Vendee Globe
  • 2008/9 Founder and Race Director, Portimao Global Ocean Race 2008-09
  • 2010 Project Manager “Mowgli” Class40 Refit for Jeremy Salvesen
  • 2010 Project Manager “Ocean Warrior” Class40 RORC 600 Race for Joe Harris
  • 2011 Safety Manager & Consultant “Plastiki” Trans-Pacific Expedition Project for David de Rothschild
  • 2011 Project Manager “Gryphon Solo2” Class40 Akilaria RC2 build for Joe Harris USA
  • 2010-12 Founder and Race Director, Global Ocean Race 2011-12
  • 2012 Project Management for two Class40 Akilaria RC3 builds for Akilaria Import, USA
  • 2013-14 Project Manager build/commission/TJV Race “Caterham Challenge” Class40 Akilaria RC3
  • 2014-15 Project Manager for “Oceans of Hope” Challenge 67 circumnavigation, responsible for yacht management; media; events and sponsor relations
  • 2015 Project Manager “Silvi Belle 2” Class40 Akilaria RC3 for complete refit
  • 2015 Project Manager “Silvi Belle 2-Limelog” Class40 Akilaria RC3, Fastnet Race – 3rd Place
  • 2016 “Silvi Belle 2” and “Silvi Belle 1” Class40 and Jeanneau 57 Project Manager and delivery skipper
  • 2017 “Loose Fish” Class40 Project Manager for refit and solo sailing training programme
  • 2018 “Chione” Grand Soleil 43 Project Manager short-handed and fully crewed programme
  • 2018 “Loose Fish” Class40 Project Manager; Training Manager; Project Manager Route du Rhum
  • 2019 “Rosalba” IMOCA 60 Project Manager for extensive refit for solo RTW voyage
  • 2019 “Mussulo” Class40 Consultant; Training; Project Manager for Cape to Rio Race – Winner
  • 2020 “Hugo Boss” IMOCA60, Vendee Globe – Risk Manager; Sail Programme Manager; Consultant
  • 2004 “Hugo Boss” Open60 deck failure in South Atlantic during Vendee Globe
  • 2005 “Hugo Boss” Open60 dismasting in near Cape Horn during delivery
  • 2006 “Hugo Boss” Open60 yacht abandon/rescue Southern Ocean during Velux5Oceans
  • 2008 “Hayai” Open40 yacht abandon/rescue Southern Ocean during GOR 2011-12
  • 2015 “Silvi Belle 2” Class40 Akilaria RC3 dismasting and keel damage during Route du Rhum Race
  • 2015 “Amhas” Class40 mast damage and logistics during TransAtlantic Race

Paul Peggs - External Advisor

Paul Peggs trained as a boat builder after leaving school and has been involved with boat building and composites ever since. 

With a wealth of sailing experience from campaigning a self built carbon Mini 650s to Class40s he is constantly on the go, delivering boats by road by road or sea or involved in a campaign preparation or refit. His contribution as an External Advisor is a very valuable addition to the Event. 

  • Trained as a boat builder
  • Mini transat 1999 DNF
  • Mini transat 2001
  • 4 x RBI once breaking the under 40′ record
  • Approx 14 Atlantic crossings
  • Global Ocean Race 2011/2012 1st leg
  • Currently involved with yacht logistics by road and sea
  • Class40 Preparateur for TJV and RdR
  • Inaugural Race director at Solo Offshore Racing Club (2004-2008)
  • YM offshore and RYA offshore coach

Margherita Pelaschier - Chief Press Officer

Margherita Pelaschier is a Copywriter, Presenter, Press Officer, SEO consultant and sailor.

“I have been part of many sailing events both as a competitor and as part of the media team and I understand the importance of creating a media event not only for the public but also for the competitors themselves who put in a tremendous effort to be on the start line. I wish for this event to reach a wide public who can become part of the dream and achievements of those undertaking this fantastic challenge.”

  • Chief Editor for Italian Sailing magazine “Barca a Vela” – Current
  • Copywriter Giancarlo Pedote – Prysmian Ocean Racing – 2020
  • Reporter Louis Vuitton and America’s Cup Media Center
  • Author 99 Domande sulla vela – 2010
  • Single-handed around Italy 2008 – Libera la vita libera le vele
  • Rotta per Capaci – 2007 – A project in support of the victims of Mafia
  • Rubicon Antigua Challenge 2006 – 3° place on Spirito di Stella
  • Transat des Alizes 2003 – with Giancarlo Pedote
  • Roma x 2 2003 – Mini 650 (2nd)
  • Corsica x 2 2000 Mini 650 (1st)
  • Pirelli Cup, Trofeo Tre Golfi, Maxi Rolex Cup
  • Maxi 80’ Virtuelle
  • Maxi 84’ Stainlager II
  • Maxi 118 ’ Viriella
  • Olimpic Sails Sailmaker1999-2000