Living in the beautiful Marina di Pisa,
Francesco is a professional Ocean Yacht Master
He has delivered yachts throughout the Mediterranean
And across the Atlantic
He is also a successful sailing instructor and charter skipper.
"I found myself thinking how important accounts from the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race have been during my training as a seaman.
I used to sail without an autopilot, or electrical instruments
With only a Tilley storm-lamp as my light source.
Sailing round the world alone in this basic way
Is a must-do-in-lifetime goal.
I see the 2018 GGR
As a chance to pay tribute to my core passion for the sea.“
He has announced “007” an Endurance 35"
As his choice for the race.
An American based Palestinian.
who works as a foreign exchange trader.
He is racing Ele May his Biscay 36 yacht.
Currently being prepared for the race.
By builders the Falmouth Boat Company.
Last year sailing a catamaran with a friend.
They Crossed the Caribbean
And traversed the Panama Canal.
And buying his own blue-water boat.
"My saltwater journey is just beginning.
Now I’m preparing to start a new chapter
That has more to do with adventure.
The race came along at just the right time To turn a daydream into reality".
Saying sailing under the Palestinian flag
Would represent his people
Who have had little to be cheery about for a long time..
He has already completed a solo circumnavigation in 2014/2015
In the 46ft Cornelian
Designed by Alan Buchanan
Mark was born in Australia
Moving aged 8 to the Netherlands.
Buying the first Rustler 36 ever built
Which in May he sailed from Scotland Crossing the North Sea to Wassenaar
Where it will be slipped
Only a 100m from his home..
Refitting is being overseen
By Dutch naval architect Dick Kopmans
If the race wasn't enough
Mark is also competing in December's Talisker Transatlantic Rowing Challenge.
“I’m out training 4 hours each day
The rest planning for these two events”
The experienced Norwegian has been sailing for over four decades.
And is both a trained engineer
and yacht surveyor.
Surprisingly for such a seafaring nation
Are will be the first Norwegian to complete a circumnavigation with his OE32 class yacht named Olleannato.
He finished 2nd in the 1988 OSTAR with his 30ft yacht Granada
Quoted as saying:
“The Golden Globe is a dream come true.”
Are's dedication to the race is such
that he and his wife Idrun
have sold their house to fund his entry.
If you would like to support them
Where in return for your donation
you will receive
Anything from a signed copy of the book of his adventure
To an invitation to participate
in one of his radio sessions
which are taking place during the race.
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