Valerio Bardi


Valerio has sailed more than 100,000 miles, from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, from the Caribbean to Rhode Island, from Tahiti to Fiji, and many other short and ocean routes.

He has been a member of RORC since 1995, and skippered many regattas and races including the Fastnet, the Cervantes Trophy and the Caribbean RORC 600, as well as crossing the Atlantic 11 times with the ARC Rally since 2006.

Born just outside Florence, Italy, Valerio began sailing in Tuscany with his two elder brothers. When he moved with his wife and young family to London in 1993, he qualified as a Yacht Master Offshore. He has an ISAF safety course qualification , ENGI Seafarers Medical Certificate, and upgraded in 2012 to the Yacht Master Ocean Certificate of Competence with commercial endorsement for code vessels <200gt.

His English is fluent and he has conversational French and Spanish. An excellent communicator, Valerio puts everyone at their ease while helping them to sail to the best of their ability. The focus is on ensuring everyone – be it a family or a racing crew – enjoys their time on board Milanto.

Lorenzo Cipriani

first mate

Trained at the Centro Velico Caprera, Lorenzo has been sailing as a skipper for about 15 years, especially in the Mediterranean, but also in the Atlantic and in the northern seas. He participated as a first mate in a return journey to the Atlantic Ocean with Valerio. He combines his skills as a navigator with his work as an art historian, creating cruises to discover the history and culture of places. He writes books, works as a musician, composer and singer. His is an eclectic personality that leads him to relate spontaneously with others in the belief that happiness does not exist if it is not shared.

The boat

Milanto – Swan MK II

Designed by acclaimed naval architect Germán Frers for Nautor Swan the 46 Mk l and MK II deliver performance without compromising  comfort. The most successful design for Nautor Swan, this class has won many international regattas.


The world ARC adventure

This round-the-world journey takes 15 months and covers 26,000 nautical miles.
Just those simple facts, make this the real adventure of a lifetime.
A small fleet of around 40 boats provides a more intimate community atmosphere allowing participants to really meet and socialise with all of the other crews, along with providing the right amount of reassurance knowing that support is close at hand during the circumnavigation.

The experienced Rally team meet the boats in every port and are there to provide support and advice, along with organising a range of social and sightseeing activities, making sure you don’t miss out on any of the best aspects of every destination.


Track our position

Safety is always the primary concern of the WARC organisers, therefore the itinerary avoids areas of political instability, piracy and storm seasons, whilst still including some of the most remote and unspoiled worldwide destinations.

Each yacht is also fitted with a satellite tracker which provides automatic position updates so that family and friends can follow our progress.

Our itinerary has been divided into legs each lasting around a month. Some are ocean passages with high mileage and some are pure cruising and exploring oriented. Then some are a combination of both – long passages mixed with shorter exploratory cruising.

The route

The World ARC adventure

The Rally starts and finishes in Saint Lucia, departing on the 11th January, 2020 and arriving back in early April 2021. Following the trade winds route, the itinerary ensures that we will cross the Pacific and Indian oceans during the fastest period, at the height of the trade wind season.

The route leaves from the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, then across to explore the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Then we sail one of the longest ocean passages possible, before being rewarded with the incredible raw beauty of the numerous Pacific Islands.

We then sail to Australia, snorkelling and diving the famous Great Barrier Reef. Then it’s over to volcanic Lombok, before crossing the Indian Ocean, arriving in Cape Town for Christmas. Carnival in Brazil awaits us after crossing another ocean, with a quick stop at Napoleon’s prison of Saint Helena, before finally returning to the Caribbean region and Saint Lucia.

Price list

Join Milanto and sail around the world with the World ARC Rally 2020


Please get in touch for more itinerary details and to book your berth.
Valerio Bardi (english – italian) +44 7501 323339+39 334 9938115
Lorenzo Cipriani (italian – english) +39 339 7149522
Tricia Abraham (english) +44 7904220833
Federica Biagini (deutsch) +49 171 5289673