Francesco Cappelletti (40)




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 sailed the West coast of Italy and Islands in a 20ft boat without any electronics or 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.”




Name 007
Type Endurance 35 Masthead ketch
Designer Peter Ibold
Builder Stratimer (FRA)
LOA 35.00ft / 10.67m
LWL 26.67ft / 8.13m
Beam 10.75ft / 3.28m
Draft 5 5.75ft / 1.75m
Displacement 18550 lbs/ 8414 kgs
Sail area 736sq. ft / 68.37sq. m

Francesco has selected the sloop rigged Endurance 35 007 built in 1975 by the French shipyard Stratimer. He expects this rugged design will perform well in light winds and be one of the better suited for rough downwind conditions expected in the Southern Ocean. He particularly likes her spacious living quarters, sheltered cockpit and clean deck. Her refit over the 2017/18 winter included replacing her decks, reinforcing the bow area, converting her to a ketch and fitting new bowsprit, chain plates and rudder. Francesco used crowd funding to raise the money for her new masts. He expected to relaunch 007 and complete initial trials in the Mediterranean prior setting sail for Les Sables d’Olonne in May.

Skipper Updates

August 17th 2018 12:00 AM

The “Caruzzo sailor” is enjoying his ride down south, even heading to the winds on an average of 3 knots, still 500 NM behind Suhaili’s imaginary route on the tracker back on the 1968 Golden Globe.He sounded happy this morning on the sat phone ringing in to GGR Race control for his “Courtesy Weekly phone call”. He recorded an audio file message in Italian, for all his followers back home. He is more than à 1000 NM away from Antoine Cousot, closing the back of the GGR fleet.

August 10th 2018 12:00 AM

Francesco gave us his friday’s courtesy sat phone call and he seems to be enjoying fully the beginning of his adventure ! Slowly settling in, and trying to work out the best setting with his new sails on the different winds and weather conditions to make his boat more efficient. He is really happy about his windvane. The morale is UP !

July 21st 2018 12:00 AM

Francesco Cappelletti set sail as independent CAROZZO sailors.

July 5th 2018 12:00 AM

Francesco Cappelletti withdraws

Francesco Cappelletti withdraws from the Golden Globe Race but joins the independent CAROZZO sailors.

April 5th 2018 12:00 AM

Italian skipper Francesco Cappelletti has used crowd funding successfully to raise money for new masts to convert his Endurance 35 007 from sloop to ketch rig. Based in Pisa, work on the yacht continues with a planned launch at the end of April.

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