Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s team arrived in Porto Cervo at 9:09 38” on 21st March, setting a new Monaco to Porto Cervo multihull record, sailing 195 miles in 7 hours, 50 minutes and 44 seconds. The Italian crew’s record is only 2 minutes and 47 seconds better than the one set by MOD70 Phaedo3 in 2016 with Brian Thompson (7 hours, 53 minutes and 31 seconds and an average speed of 24,71 knots).
The Italian trimaran crossed the starting line off Monaco at 1:18 54” on Sunday 21st March and picked up speed towards Corsica. Soldini commented, “At first we were sailing really fast with 25/30 knots of northeasterly wind, reaching up to 38 knots of speed, then the wind dropped before the Strait of Bonifacio for a couple of hours. Luckily, the wind got stronger again and we started speeding up in the strait. It’s been really incredible, we crossed the finish line sailing at 35 knots! We knew this would be a risky window because of the light wind near Corsica, but we wanted to try anyway and we did our best, pushing Maserati Multi 70 to the maximum, and we did it - we’re all very happy, and exhausted!”
The record will be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Racing Council in the following days. Aboard Maserati Multi 70 with Giovanni Soldini was Vittorio Bissaro, an Italian Olympic sailor and Nacra17 World Champion, who had already raced with the trimaran’s crew on many previous occasions. Also with them were Guido Broggi, Carlos Hernandez Robayna, Oliver Herrera Perez and Matteo Soldini.
Maserati Multi 70 was back in the water at the end of February, after almost four months in the shipyard. In the next weeks Soldini and his crew will be training and testing the latest improvements made to the trimaran. In fact, Maserati Multi 70 is the ‘laboratory boat’ to which the Modena Innovation Lab engineers have transferred their aerodynamics, technological innovation and performance know-how. These are the same values that guide the Maserati team of engineers and technicians in the development of all the new models of the new Maserati Era.
In the next days, the Italian Team will set sail towards England, looking for new records.