At 01:51:41 local time (05:51:41 UTC, 06:51:41 Italian time), Maserati Multi70 was the first to cross the finish line of the 8th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in collaboration with Yacht Club de France.
Skipper Giovanni Soldini sailed together with Vittorio Bissaro, Oliver Herrera Perez, Thomas Joffrin, Francesco Pedol and Matteo Soldini, in a wild ride across the Atlantic from Lanzarote to Grenada (2995 nautical miles), which saw the crew finish with a real time of 6 days, 18 hours, 51 minutes and 41 seconds. At the end of the competition, the trimaran put in 3476.5 real miles with an average speed of 21.4 knots. The times will be ratified by the race organisation in the next few hours.
In second place, some distance behind: Peter Cunningham's PowerPlay skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, which starred on board british sailors Giles Scott (tactician for Ineos Team UK in the America's Cup and winner of two Olympic gold medals in the Finn class) and Miles Seddon (who set the record on this route with Phaedo3 in 2015). Third on the line: Jason Carroll's Argo skippered by Brian Thompson.
"It was a breathtaking race! Our crew gave their all and Maserati Multi70 really made the difference." Soldini rejoiced: "I am very satisfied. The result of the work of these years is there for all to see. It has been a very long process of research and development: through records, round the world and competitions we have continued to look for solutions and the boat has gradually reached a maturity that allows it to fly stably and safely with a performance that is clearly superior - at least in these conditions - to that of its rivals who have been following the same path for years and use the latest generation of foils. The aerodynamic and kinetic progress made over the last year, thanks to the contribution of the Maserati Innovation Lab engineers and designer Guillaume Verdier, is evident".
This edition of the regatta counted on the participation of 32 boats, from more than 22 countries. Maserati Multi70 and its competitors set off on 8 January at 11:00 UTC / local time (12:00 in Italy) from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, in an easterly wind.
For Giovanni Soldini and the entire team of Maserati Multi70, the trans-oceanic race marks the beginning of a new season of great technical and sporting challenges and programs to safeguard the Oceans.
In conjunction with a competitive program that aims to bring to full maturity the potential of the multihull in ocean foiling, Giovanni Soldini joins the Ocean Literacy program, promoted by UNESCO through the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and aimed at increasing everyone's awareness and knowledge about the sea (oceanliteracy.unesco.org).
The United Nations declared 2021/2030 the Decade of Marine Sciences for Sustainable Development: a call for mobilisation addressed to the scientific community, governments, the private sector and civil society to put energy, research and technological innovation at the service of concrete results in protecting the health of the oceans.
In line with these objectives, in the spring the trimaran will also be transformed into an oceanographic laboratory, with the installation of a system capable of constantly analysing the water in order to measure the amount of CO2 present on the surface and make the data collected available to the scientific community.
In parallel, the collaboration with Maserati, the main sponsor that not only gives its name to the boat, but also collaborates with Giovanni Soldini in the process of transferring technological know-how applied to the "laboratory boat", continues. The engineers of the Maserati Innovation Lab, in collaboration with Soldini and his team, constantly analyse the data collected during the navigations in order to study and develop systems capable of optimising the trimaran's performance.
Technological innovation, uncompromising performance, the desire to compete and win: this is what unites the House of the Trident and Maserati Multi70.