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Francesco Cappelletti (39)

Italy

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Name Francesco Cappelletti

Born June 8th 1978

Nationality Italien

Country of entry Italy

Francesco Cappelletti is a professional Ocean Yacht Master with commercial endorsements based in Tuscany. He has delivered yachts throughout the Mediterranean, Western Europe and across the Atlantic and also worked as a charter skipper and sailing instructor. Before becoming professional he had sailed all the West coast of Italy and Islands in a 20feet boat without any electronics nor autopilot. Francesco says of the GGR: “After learning about the Race, I found myself thinking how important the 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 and 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.“

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Francesco chose an Endurance 35 Ketch built by French shipyard Stratimer in 1975. He hopes this rugged and simply built boat will perform nicely in light winds and will be one of the better suited for rough downwind conditions. In choosing this model he also gave priority to good living spaces underneath, a well designed, sheltered cockpit and a spacious deck. He will personally refurbish the deck and interior in October 2017 and install new masts and rigging after the refit.

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