Maserati and Soldini: Start of Transpac race on 13 July
Monday 1 July, at the Milan headquarters of the Ermenegildo Zegna group, the new Maserati team apparel partner, was the date and location chosen for the presentation of the latest challenge Giovanni Soldini will be facing at the helm of Maserati.
The Transpac is a crew race of 2,225 nautical miles from Los Angeles to Honolulu, open to single and multi-hulled crafts, with staggered starts for the various classes of craft, beginning on 8 July. A total of 52 boats are entered, with 7 in Maserati’s class.
For Maserati the starting date will be 13 July. Giovanni will be joined on board by an international crew of eight: alongside John Elkann, who has already sailed on Maserati, will be Guido Broggi, Boris Herrmann, Corrado Rossignoli, Jianghe “Tiger” Teng, Gwenael Riou, Carlos Hernandez and Michele Sighel. The course starts off Point Fermin, San Pedro, Los Angeles, with the finishing line off the Diamond Head lighthouse at Oahu, Hawaii (east of Honolulu).
The Transpac race was founded in 1906, the year of the terrible San Francisco earthquake, by the Hawaiian yachtsman Clarence MacFarlane, inspired by the thinking of the ancient leader of the Hawaiian people, King Kalakaua, in the conviction that a yacht race to Hawaii would help strengthen the islands’ economic and cultural ties to the mainland. The fastest time set by a single-hulled boat in the history of the Transpac was recorded by Alfa Romeo, skippered by Neville Crichton, in 2009, with a time of 5 days, 14 hours and 36 minutes.
Giovanni explains: “After two months’ work in the yard at San Francisco, the boat is ready for a new challenge, which will be particularly interesting because it will be racing against other competitors for the first time. Most of the crew took part in the record-breaking New York-San Francisco voyage, with a few new additions that will enable us to create a larger group who know and sail on Maserati. We are ready and can’t wait to start”.