Giovanni Soldini's Multi70 trimaran Maserati Multi70 to compete in two classic offshore races in 2017
New season. New challenges.
This season Giovanni Soldini and his crew aboard the Italian trimaran Maserati Multi70 will take part in two of yacht racing’s most well-known offshore races - the RORC Caribbean 600 in February and the Transpacific Yacht Race in July.
Racing 600-miles around a complex inter-island course from Antigua and back makes the RORC Caribbean 600 a tough enough challenge without factoring in the strong prevailing trade winds that will keep the sailors on their toes non-stop.
Contrastingly, the Transpacific Yacht Race (better known as simply ‘The Transpac’) is a more of straight line blast from Los Angeles, California 2,225-miles out to Honolulu on the island of Hawaii.
Maserati Multi70 trimaran
21.2 metres in length and 16.8 in the beam, the Maserati Multi70 is as glistening and grand as the seas it will brave. Innovative, stunning and blindingly fast, the Multi70 is primed for new ocean challenges.
Soldini’s crew will use both races to help them develop the Maserati Multi70 trimaran to its full potential as an offshore foiling raceboat.
However, the boat will remain in ‘development mode’ for the first event with a conventional MOD70 foil on the right-hand side and a custom foiling daggerboard on the left.
It is planned for the second foiling daggerboard to be fitted in time for the Transpac.
Stretching 21.2 metres in length and 16.8 in the beam, Maserati Multi70 sports a 29-metre rotating wing mast and displaces 6.3 tons. She also rises up out of the water on her foils and rudders with an unprecedented degree of stability. This reduces her wetted surface area which in turn boosts performance.
Designed by Van Peteghem Lauriot-Prévost (VPLP) and a former member of the Team Gitana racing stable, Maserati Multi70 has been optimised by French designer Guillaume Verdier for the new challenges that lie in store.
Length overall: 21.2 m
Draft: 4.5 m
Height above waterline: 29 m
Upwind sail area: 210 m²
Beam overall: 16.8 m
Mask Rake: 4°
Light displacement: 6.3 t
Downwind sail area: 409 m²
Maserati Multi70 Skipper
Born in Milan on May 16 1966, Giovanni has been sailing since he was a small boy.
He has over 25 years of ocean racing to his credit, including two single-handed round the worlds (he won the Around Alone in 1999 and made history by also rescuing Isabelle Autissier, and finished second overall in the 1995 BOC Challenge), six Québec-Saint Malos (one victory in the monohull category), six Ostars (two victories in the 50’ and 40’ classes), three Transat Jacques Vabres (one victory in the 40’ class) and over 40 ocean crossings.
Soldini also set a slew of records aboard the VOR70 Maserati, not least on the Cadiz-San Salvador route(2012) and the New York-San Francisco Gold Route (13,225 miles in 47 days, 42’and 29”).
He established the new time to beat too on the San Francisco-Shanghai Tea Clipper Route (3,300 miles in 21 days, 19 hours, 32’ and 54”).
In 2016, after an intense three years aboard Maserati VOR70, Soldini and his team embarked on a new adventure with Maserati Multi70, marking a return for the Milanese yachtsman to multihull sailing (he had previously competed in crew races with the 60’ trimaran Tim).
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Maserati Multi70 Bowman
Spaniard Carlos Hernandez is a hugely experienced yachtsman, having first fallen in love with sailing at the age of just 10 in his native Canary Islands.
Between 2006 and 2013, he competed in the RC44, GP42 (Audi Med Cup and Worlds), J-80 dinghy and Snipe classes.
He has also sailed in two Volvo Ocean Races: in 2014-15 aboard the Volvo 65 Mapfre (4th) and in 2011-12 aboard the Volvo 70 Telefonica (4th).
Aboard Maserati VOR70, he sailed in various ocean races not least the Transpacific Yacht Race and Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race as well as the New York-San Francisco record attempt via Capo Horn.
Maserati Multi70 Boat Captain
Born in Milan in 1971, Guido is a classic boat enthusiast with thousands of miles of ocean sailing under his belt.
Between 1998 and 2005, he was team lead on the build and sporting preparation of Giovanni Soldini’s Open 60 Fila and trimaran Tim. He also took part in all of the latter’s crewed races: the 1998 New York- Lizard Point North Atlantic record attempt, the 1999 Transat Jacques Vabre two-hander, the Quebec-St Malo in 2002 and 2004, and two Marseille-Tunis record attempts in 2002.
Between 2005 and 2011, Guido oversaw the manufacture of specialist PBO cables (America’s Cup and all special projects) at Gottifredi & Maffioli.
He has served as boat captain aboard Maserati VOR70 since 2011, participating in all her races, and now continues that role aboard Maserati Multi70.
Plan (Halyards/sail controls) - Responsible for data collection
Born in 1967, François Robert began his competitive career aboard Figaro and took part in
two editions of the Mini Transat (1991 and 1995), before being appointed Bruno Peyron’s navigator aboard Commodore Explorer. His love of “la course au large” also saw him flanking Antoine Koch at the start-line for the 2003 Transat Jacques Vabre.
In 1997, he was on the build team for Giovanni Soldini’s 60’ Fila and then, in 2007, worked on the build of the Class 40 Telecom Italia.
Oliver Herrera Perez
Maserati Multi70 Bowman
Born at Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands in 1987, Spaniard Oliver Herrera Perez began his seafaring career in the Optimist class at the tender age of 9 before progressing to IMS 500, Swan 45 and RC44 racing as an adult.
His many high profile achievements include two podium positions in the IMS 500 and Swan 45 classes in the Copa del Rey (2006 and 2012) and one first in both the J80 Spanish Championship ( in which he raced in 2007, 2010 and 2012) and the J80 World Championships (competed in 2009, 2015).
Already part of the Maserati VOR70 crew, Oliver will continue to compete as bowman aboard Maserati Multi70.
Maserati Multi70 Tactical
Born in Verona in 1987, Vittorio Bissaro has been an enthusiastic sailor from a very early age. He embarked on his career as a catamaran helmsman in 2004, first on the Hobie Cat 16 and later on the Formula 18. After transitioning to the latter, he became the most successful Italian catamaran sailor of recent times, being crowned F18 Juniores World Champion in 2010, Hobie Cat Wild Cat European Champion in 2010 and Italian F18 Champion on no less than four occasions. In 2011, Vittorio paired up with Silvia Sicouri aboard a NACRA 17 cat. The duo have since racked up an impressive tally of achievements, not least fifth position in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, third position in the 2016 World Championships at Clearwater and in the 2015 European Championship in Barcelona, first position in the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami in both 2014 and 2015, and victory in the Eurolymp Olympic Garda in 2014 and 2015 at Malcesine.
Vittorio also holds a degree in aerospace engineering from the Politecnico di Milano. His experimental degree thesis centred around wind tunnel testing of downwind sail designs.
Maserati Media Man
Son of Franco and grandson of Italian offshore sailing icon, Doi, Francesco Malingri has been sailing since he was a youngster.
He has two non-competitive round the worlds to his credit (the first with his family when he was just 13) and a host of ocean crossings (including nine of the Atlantic) in addition to several outings in the Middle Sea Race, Roma per Due, Corsica per Due, the Barcolana and other leading Mediterranean races.
He has been media man aboard Maserati VOR70 since February 2015, during which time he competed as part of the crew in the RORC 600 Antigua Race and helped set the innovative San Francisco-Shanghai Record.
He is a member of the shore team and is part of the Maserati Multi70 project since the start.
He took part in many atlantic crossings and in almost all of the transfers on board of the VOR 70 Maserati.
He raced in many offshore races among which one edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup, two editions of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, one edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and of the Rolex Swan Cup.
RORC Caribbean 600
When: February, 20th 2017
Distance: 600 nautical miles
Route: starts and finishes in Antigua
Transpacific Yacht Race
When: July, 2017
Distance: 2,225 nautical miles
Route: starts from Los Angeles and finishes at Honolulu