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Global Solo Challenge: Who are your heroes from the world of Solo Sailing? Part #2

by Dave Proctor 16 Sep 2022 07:57 PDT
Jean Le Cam © Global Solo Challenge

When I recently submitted an article to the Global Solo Challenge (GSC) as to who were my heroes from the World of Solo Circumnavigation and who would be in my own hall of fame, the first person to read this article, prior to publication, was the founder and organiser of the GSC, Marco Nannini.

"You haven't even mentioned my childhood hero. Yves Parlier, for example," he opined.

Of course not, he was not one of my top five heroes and that list was my 'hall of fame.'

"Okay," I immediately retorted, "so who would you nominate?"

Now I should explain that Marco is an experienced and successful offshore racer in his own right, having completed a crewed circumnavigation in the Global Ocean Race 2011/2012 This was a five-stop race for Class 40 yachts and his yacht, 'Financial Crisis' finished second Overall.

He has also completed the Route du Rhum, came second in the Round Britain and Ireland race and won the 2009 OSTAR, for solo sailors in class IRC3.

In 2012, Marco was awarded the prestigious Italian Sailor of the Year award and is a recipient of the Italian Medal for Merit.

Given that Marco has the experience and I am, merely, a sailing enthusiast and journalist, I thought it would be interesting to have a look at the names put forward by him for his own hall of fame.

Continue reading the full article here...

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