Francesca Clapcich

Francesca Clapcich (she/her), an Italian professional sailor, will be powered by 11th Hour Racing to build on her work, cultivating a safe, diverse, and equitable environment within the sailing industry.

11th Hour Racing and Francesca Clapcich will announce their racing and social impact plans in the coming months.


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In collaboration with 11th Hour Racing, Clapcich’s endeavors are geared toward breaking down barriers and fostering a community that values diversity and inclusivity. The focus on access and opportunity underscores the commitment to creating a level playing field where all individuals can engage in sailing activities.


Italian by birth and now residing in Utah with her wife and daughter, Francesca Clapcich’s career has taken her from the Mediterranean shores of Trieste, Italy, to the biggest stages of professional sport. She has twice represented her country at the Olympic Games, is a World, European, and National Champion, Italian Sailor of the Year, the first Italian to win The Ocean Race, a CrossFit Coach, triathlete, and ski instructor.

Career Highlights

  • Started sailing with the Italian National Sailing Team at 11 years old
  • Represented Italy at London 2012 in Laser Radial (19th) and Rio de Janeiro in 2016 in 49erFX (5th)
  • 2015 World, European, and National Champion in 49erFX Class
  • Raced in La Solitaire du Figaro in 2021 – a solo multi-stage sprint around the coastline of France – where she was presented with the Fighting Spirit award
  • Competed in two editions of The Ocean Race, with Turn the Tide on Plastic in 2017-18 (6th) and 11th Hour Racing Team in The Ocean Race 2022-23 (winner)

Photo credit: Eloi Stichelbaut – polaRYSE / 11th Hour Racing