Since the start of July, the Maserati Multi70 team has been engaged in a challenge as exhilarating as it is complex as they endeavoured to turn Maserati Multi70 (ex-Gitana) into the first ocean-going flying trimaran. An ambitious project that spanned not just Guillaume Verdier’s excellent work but also over 4,000 nautical miles of sailing clocked up by Giovanni Soldini and his team this summer.
The trimaran’s new appendage configuration was trialled for the first time in July with the new carbon-fibre centreboard. Two months of trialling, 4,000 nautical miles of sailing and testing in winds of 40 knots in rough waters in the Gulf of Lyon have clearly demonstrated that the trimaran’s stability has been significantly boosted and that she can fly in conditions unthinkable until a month and a half ago. In short, Maserati Multi70 is now capable of safely tackling big seas.
For her two upcoming events (the Rolex Middle Sea Race starting October 22 2016 and RORC Transatlantic Race starting November 26 2016), Maserati Multi70 will be adopting this new appendage configuration which has the advantage of allowing adjustment of the height of the foil and the horizontal load-bearing surface at the end of the centreboard (rather than the rudder) as well as the angle of incidence of the latter surface, thereby efficiently minimising slamming. This is a further guarantee of safe, stable sailing for a genuinely futuristic trimaran.