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Marco Nannini takes second in the Global Ocean Race
by Oliver Dewar
7 June 2012
With almost 40 knots blowing and an enormous swell rolling in from the Atlantic, the Italian-Slovak duo of Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo crossed the finish line of the double-handed Global Ocean Race (GOR) with Class40 Financial Crisis off the French port of Les Sables d'Olonne, taking second place overall in the fleet of the four remaining boats in the circumnavigation.
Nannini and Frattaruolo crossed the finish line at 15:49:48 GMT (17:49:48 local) having taken 19 days 01 hour 19 minutes and 48 seconds to race the 4,030 miles from Charleston, USA, averaging 8.81 knots across the North Atlantic and trailing the victorious, overall winners, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough on Cessna Citation, by just over one day.
Nannini has completed the 30,000-mile GOR with three different co-skippers, racing with British sailor, Paul Peggs, in Leg 1; Spanish Mini 6.50 sailor, Hugo Ramon, for Legs 2 and 3 and was joined by fellow Italian and ex-Mini sailor, Sergio Frattaruolo, for the final two legs and with a 3-4-2-2-2 scorecard for the complete circumnavigation, Financial Crisis takes second overall on points in the 2011-12 GOR.
Despite the huge waves and the spray breaking over the towering, western walls of Les Sables d'Olonne's sea defences as Financial Crisis charged at the finish line, the conditions were relatively mild for Nannini and Frattaruolo. “We were actually quite lucky as the wind started to drop as we came closer to Les Sables,” says Nannini. “A front with about 45 knots of wind came through this morning and it was quite hairy to finish like that!” he adds. “I seem to attract heavy winds!”
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