The 9th edition of the RORC Transatlantic race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in collaboration with Calero Marinas, International Maxi Association and Yacht Club de France, started today, 8 January 2022 at 14.00 UTC/local time (15.00 Italian time. ) The Maserati Multi70 and 20 other boats entered the regatta crossing the starting line in two wobbly sails (at 14:00 UTC/local time for most yachts, at 14:10 UTC/local time for yachts) in front of Arrecife and the wind from. North East, force 8 knots.
From Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, they will travel 2,995 miles past the Canary Islands and across the Atlantic Ocean to the eastern Caribbean island of Grenada.
“Today is a very important day for us because at the beginning there will be little wind and there may be big wind holes in the south of Lanzarote.” commented Giovanni Soldini a few minutes before the start. “We have to suffer a little from the situation early, but from tonight onwards we will start entering the trade wind, the regatta will be faster and even our foils will stop being a problem and, on the contrary, hopefully. turn into an advantage”.
On the starting line with the Maserati Multi70, the direct rivals of the Italian team: Snowflake (ex Phaedo3) who joins Brian Thompson and Gavin Brady on board, and Zoulou with Ned Collier Wakefield and Loick Peyron. The challenge is open to the speed record of 5 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes and 03 seconds, set by Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo3 in 2015.
“Compared to its rivals,” Soldini continues, “Snowflake, with a mast of two meters more and a longer bowsprit, will sail at a more open angle and will be able to descend more in the trade wind, they have more sails and conditions. in favor of it; and Zoulou with Peyron will also be dangerous, they have tips on the foil which are good and allow the boat to reach a very high average downwind, both crews competing are also very high, it will definitely be a tough race. but we as always will sell the skin very well “.
The Maserati Multi70, in flying trim, is currently cruising in third place at an average speed of about eleven knots.
The Maserati Multi70 is participating in the RORC Transatlantic race for the fourth time after participating in the 2016 editions; of 2018, when he crossed the finish line first in 6 days, 18 hours, 54 minutes and 3 seconds; and 2022 when he won with a real time of 6 days, 18 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds.
In the regatta, on board the Maserati Multi70, Giovanni Soldini is accompanied by 6 professional sailors: Guido Broggi (ITA), Oliver Herrera Perez (ESP), Matteo Soldini (ITA), Francesco Pedol (ITA), Lucas Valenza-Troubat (FRA) and Francesco Malingri (ITA).
For Giovanni Soldini and the entire Maserati Multi70 team, the transoceanic regatta marks the beginning of a new season of major sporting events around the world; important technical challenges such as fine tuning of the complete electrical system; and ocean protection programs such as ocean surface monitoring thanks to Ocean Pack, a machine that measures temperature, salinity and CO2 on the trimaran’s tracks from on board.