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The Power of Nature

Stories of Audacity


To travel is also to learn that nature is closer than we think, although sometimes we need to move away in order to see the bigger picture.

Many wonders can make us think about the power of nature, but nothing like the sea can depict its hybrid soul: unresting, like the perpetual flow of its waves, but also capable of make us fly.

To fly on water: this is what the writer and the photographer of our Stories of Audacity did in this second leg, thanks to the Maserati Multi70 trimaran and Giovanni Soldini. 

Prepare to discover THE POWER OF NATURE..

That Azmund Moïschel, my spiritual son, cried the captain, how well did he hold on in misfortune!
What courage! What intuition, to reverse course! Forerun us! 

Antoine Volodine, Minor Angels

HERE

HERE

Almost defiantly, the northern part of the island rises from plains cultivated with olive trees and vegetables. Meter after meter, it clings to itself like a cyclist uphill.

The Power of Nature

Here
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Almost defiantly, the northern part of the island rises from plains cultivated with olive trees and vegetables. Meter after meter, it clings to itself like a cyclist uphill. The elegance of the red earth is covered with linden trees, then oaks, then larches and at the end of the journey it transforms in high ochre rock beaten by the currents. 

Suddenly the mountain ends, the wind rises and you find yourself at the peak of the orogenic effort: the cliff is majestic. The island is a monument to the wave made by Earth.

But those are complex, vertical shorelines. The journey will take a break here, but it begins further south, still somewhere between land and sea. You are here to be the witness of continuous changes of state: between land and sea, between free energy and potential energy, between altitude and the horizon.

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Maserati Ghibli riding on road with trees
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THE PORT

THE PORT

In the new part of the capital there’s a non-commercial port that hosts those who choose to sail.

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The port
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In the new part of the capital there’s a non-commercial port that hosts those who choose to sail. 
It's a small port with elegant cafés and shops on the left, while on the right, by the sea, the gaze falls on mullets and dreamfish that skim the surface of the water between the boats and on dockers and runners who enliven the landscape. Without getting in their way, you reach the end of the pier. This is where it really begins.

Detail of Maserati Ghibli
Maserati Multi70 trimaran and Maserati Ghibli
Maserati logo
Maserati logo

THE GUIDE, THE SAILOR, THE JOURNEY. YOU.

THE GUIDE, THE SAILOR, THE JOURNEY. YOU.

Giovanni Soldini has an open, loud laugh that bursts like a blitz, only to quickly become serious.

The Power of Nature

The quide, the sailor, the journey. You
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Giovanni Soldini has an open, loud laugh that bursts like a blitz, only to quickly become serious. Short nails and tough hands of who depends on their strength, a cigarette in his mouth and a rebellious spirit enclosed by a ring earring on his left earlobe. Watching him, one is able to unmask once and for all the pirates of childhood, to understand the exaggerated traits of adventure stories and to give consecration and depth to a role, a body, a responsibility: to be a captain, to be a man of the sea. You think of this just as the Sailor starts to give orders.

The voyage is one, a voyage into speed, into technology, into the energy that rises and descends from Nature like a needle through a fabric, or a dolphin in the Mediterranean. Yet, the human being is older than the machines of land or water that he builds: the human being is a marvelous 300,000-year-old technology that only with the use of imagination can hybridize space and time. That only with the effort of knowledge perceives the intimate relationship between things.
Yet, what you have to do before departure is to imagine yourself beyond: to be hybrid, to be a shoreline, to be a meeting of elements constantly moved and unbalanced towards sea and towards land. And to be all of this at the same time.

Good, now imagine the Sailor choosing at the same time both land and sea, and then depart. Imagine you’re going with him.

Giovanni Soldini
Giovanni Soldini
Giovanni Soldini
Giovanni Soldini

THE DEPARTURE

THE DEPARTURE

The departure is by motor. If you are following the Sailor who has taken the land route, you are heading towards the imperious red crest of the island.

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The departure
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The departure is by motor. If you are following the Sailor who has taken the land route, you are heading towards the imperious red crest of the island. The Ghibli Hybrid is en route to the top of the cliff but for now the 330-horsepower engine moves in a whisper through the streets just above the harbour: you see houses giving way to trees, people giving way to sheep and goats, signs and billboards giving way to the sun.
If, on the other hand, you have taken the sea route - but remember everything happens at the same time, with the same technological visions - the definitely more noisier engine of the Maserati Multi 70 trimaran, takes you at a speed of five knots off the dock (look at the green lighthouse on your left and dive into the details of the sea) to then cross the bay in search of the best wind.

Meanwhile, while everything in the cabin - from the natural leather upholstery and the leather and wood steering wheel to the steel pedal set - is steadily pecking on the asphalt following the road, the panel’s cluster display shows the results of the combined action of the 4-cylinder engine and the 48V alternator: at every curve, at every deceleration or braking, potential energy is absorbed by the car to be released with an acceleration a moment later. It is a complex, integrated system of exchanges: like Nature, like our journey. In fact, inside the car there are no discernible imbalances or shocks (the DC converter and the 48V battery are located in the rear to distribute the weight): the interconnection of the systems is energy itself.
On the trimaran instead, as it passes the bay, the sailor turns off the engine while the crew begins to rig the sails. First the mainsail is hoisted up the mast, then the jib gives the boat an absolute and perfect shape. The crew moves on the grinder with strength and synchrony, the wind blows in and the knots increase.

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Giovanni Soldini driving Maserati Ghibli
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SOUND

SOUND

Thanks to the car’s technology, every deceleration or braking is an accumulation of energy, and when you gain speed on the trimaran, (the waves are like the curves of the mountains of Palma)...

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Thanks to the car’s technology, every deceleration or braking is an accumulation of energy, and when you gain speed on the trimaran, (the waves are like the curves of the mountains of Palma), "you have to fly low, almost above the water's surface - cries the Sailor - otherwise every hollow the boat hits is wasted energy".
In fact, as the wind picks up, the sea beneath the nets connecting the side hulls to the central hull runs at very high speed (you can see it under your feet) and when you get to thirty knots you have to start holding on. The wind enters between the sails and produces a continuous, deep whistle. Crew members shout directions to each other to stabilize and launch the boat, then cling to it to see if their maneuvers have produced speed, energy. Here, noise is life, is travel.

On the Ghibli, however, there is no noise. On the car body the wind produces no noise at all. The aerodynamics of the car are almost perfection, and if the absence of friction is a guarantee of energy conservation for both vehicles, if noise at sea is life, here silence becomes luxury. There is only the grit of the engine and the soft rolling of the tires on the concrete: but whether you're at sea or on land, the time has come to unleash power.

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Maserati Multi70 trimaran

TECHNOLOGY, POWER.

TECHNOLOGY, POWER.

Whether at sea or on land, speed is a vocation, and how to achieve speed is the commitment of entire lives.

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Technology, power
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Whether at sea or on land, speed is a vocation, and how to achieve speed is the commitment of entire lives.
Foils are an old, yet new system. Lowered blades that cut through water to straighten the boat and decrease its contact with the water, blades that allow it to fly over the surface of the sea. The speed now reaches 30 knots, the right hull raises a couple of meters while turning, the trimaran is headed north-east: it goes for an air current. The jib blows up and while the wind is fifteen knots, the sails build an apparent wind that pushes the fastest boat in the world to make you really taste its power. The wind precedes the wind, no weather systems to search for the best one are needed.
The Sailor sits at the helm and with his left hand smokes into all this wind, this sound, this speed, while the right hand brushes the hyper sensitive helm equipped with six sensors that Maserati engineers have installed to make this cathedral on water even more eloquent.

The hybrid system as well wasn't invented today - the first hybrid vehicle dates back to 1899 - yet it is today that, like the Foil, it was perfected and brought to its full potential. The Maserati hybrid is a patent from the research department: like on the trimaran, the predominant sensation is that of flowing on the balance of energy spent and saved, in a constant equilibrium between technology and nature. You roll down the window and feel the air carrying the resin of the larch trees flow through your nose and on your cheekbones to slide away quickly, forever.

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Giovanni Soldini
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Giovanni Soldini

THE END OF THE JOURNEY

THE END OF THE JOURNEY

We are at the climax. Your gaze lingers on something far away so to get a feeling of the distance that is yet to be covered.

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The end of the journey
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We are at the climax. Your gaze lingers on something far away so to get a feeling of the distance that is yet to be covered. Find stasis in the general movement. And when you do feel the speed, feel the harmonious dance of technology and see how great humankind’s imagination can become at sea, and how precise on land. Pick it up, make it yours, it brought you here by land and by sea: straight to the destination of a journey that is a dialogue of technologies with a deep respect for all that is around. And thanks to an imagination that became design, performance is not only stable but improved. This is not the end, it's the end of the journey.

Far from the bay, the trimaran now turns to make its way back. The Ghibli reverses its course at a viewpoint that overlooks the sea. Everything stops for a second - the wind, the movement, us, the Sailor. From the sea, the crew of the trimaran looks up to the top of the cliff to see a point of white light reflected from a windshield that rests on the powerful, petrol-blue mainsail. Look closely, it can be seen all the way up there, where the Sailor salutes his sailboat and then nods to you before climbing back into the car to join it.

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Giovanni Soldini
Maserati Multi70 trimaran
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THE ÜBERMENSCH

THE ÜBERMENSCH

Half an hour later a car and a trimaran enter the harbor after a contemporary journey and men can disembark from the imaginations and technologies...

The Power of Nature

The Übermensch
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Half an hour later a car and a trimaran enter the harbor after a contemporary journey and men can disembark from the imaginations and technologies that have allowed them to be like a shoreline: together water and land, performance and respect, free energy and potential energy, wind and grip, noise and silence.

Giovanni Soldini
Giovanni Soldini
Maserati Ghibli next to the Multi70 Trimaran
Maserati Ghibli next to the Multi70 Trimaran

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