Francesca Clapcich and 11Th Hour Racing Together Toward Vendée Globe 2028


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Francesca Clapcich
Francesca Clapcich

Trieste sailor Francesca Clapcich announced that she will have the support of 11Th Hour Racing, the team with which she won the last The Ocean Race, for a sailing-related sports and social program to be developed in the coming years. In the official note released to the media, there is no clear reference yet to the sporting goals of the project, which will be unveiled later, but already it is anticipated that Francesca Clapcich is one of the sailors interested in the 2028 Vendée Globe .

She would be the first Italian woman on the solo, nonstop, unassisted round-the-world voyage, and Clapcich has already racked up miles on the Imoca 60 foils, as well as being probably the most accomplished Italian sailor, having a background ranging from Olympic classes to ocean sailing. The project involving Clapcich in addition to looking at sports will also talk about the social implications of sailing and how access to it should be improved.

Francesca Clapcich – Sailing and Social with 11Th Hour Racing

Following the team’s victory at The Ocean Race, 11th Hour Racing expands its outreach not only toward sustainability and ocean health, but also by addressing diversity and the process of access opportunities in the sailing world. The organization announced its first sponsorship with professional sailor Francesca Clapcich, adding to 11th Hour Racing’s global initiatives for a more inclusive and sustainable future. 11th Hour Racing will support Francesca Clapcich so that she can continue her commitment to a safe, diverse and equitable environment within the sailing industry.

Francesca Clapcich’s efforts are aimed at breaking down barriers and promoting a community that values diversity and inclusion. The focus on access and opportunity underscores the commitment to creating a level playing field in which all individuals can enjoy sailing activities.

These will be the assumptions, and the social content, to be conveyed through what will likely also be a sporting project, which will lead Clapcich to race again in the Imoca 60 class, but this time solo.

“I am ready to represent a diverse community in our sport and on the most important stages. I am here to show the next generation of women that anything is possible and to use the privilege I have to create a positive impact on everyone. Together, we can create a future where inclusiveness can flourish, where barriers can be broken down, and where every individual, regardless of background, feels considered, heard, and valued. My mission is to inspire change and promote a community where diversity is celebrated and equality is the norm.” Francesca Clapcich stated.

Francesca Clapcich – The “Mula de Trieste”

Francesca Clapcich at Imoca 60 coffee grinder

Born in 1988 in Trieste, Italy, but a resident of Utah, Francesca Clapcich is now one of Italy’s most multifaceted sailors, as well as one of the most experienced in the international arena as well. Two Olympics behind her, in Laser in London 2012 with 19th place, in Rio paired with Giulia Conti in 49er she finished fifth instead.

After her experience in the Olympic classes, with a European and world gold medal in 49er and several other Italian titles, Francesca turned her attention to something else and discovered the pleasures of the high seas. Start sailing on different classes, try the Figaro 3 as a contact with the big oceanic offshore, finally comes the opportunity for the first round-the-world voyage with Turn the tide on Plastic in the 2017-2018 edition. An edition that positively marks the career of Francesca, who continues to sail in Figaro 3 by participating in a Solitaire du Figaro in 2021, the first Italian woman to try her hand at this very tough all-French test.


For the last of The Ocean Race. her name has long been at the center of the hypothetical birth of an Italian crew that never materialized, but Francesca Clapcich’s international profile meant that the Trieste native found a place in Charlie Enright’s crew, 11Th Hour Racing, with whom she has competed in all but two stages.

For ocean sailing of the present and future, Francesca Clapcich is a solid reality on the way to Vendée Globe 2028.

Mauro Giuffrè



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