Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini 530 miles away from Grenada
Friday, November 30, 2018 12:28 PM
Today at 08.00 UTC, Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini are about to enter the seventh day of RORC Transatlantic Race and are sailing with an East wind of 22-25 knots of speed, 530 miles away from the arrival. PowerPlay follows, 600 miles away from the finish line.
Maserati Multi 70’s arrival in Grenada is expected for the morning (UTC time) of Saturday December 1st.
The Italian trimaran is travelling between 23 and 29 knots, and reaching 30 knots of speed as it skims down the waves. Giovanni Soldini says: “The swell is gentle and long and we’re able to skim over the waves, even if we’re sailing downwind with very wide angles!”
“We’re sailing with the gennaker and full main,” explains the Italian skipper, “we will soon gybe and we should hit the layline to Grenada. PowerPlay is around 20 miles further South, but they will have to head even more south as well. They have been chasing us for days without giving an inch, it’s going to be like this until the finish line!”
“Sailing with PowerPlay is teaching us so much: after days of research we were able to find a setting for Maserati Multi 70, with which, in this wind, we can sail at the same angle as PowerPlay. Throughout the past day we were always amazed by their ability to sail so low and so fast.”
The race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, now at its 5th edition, started from Lanzarote, Canary Islands, on Saturday November 24th, at 12.00 UTC, and finishes in Grenada, Caribbean, 2995 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.
Maserati Multi 70’s crew is made up of 7 professional sailors: aboard the Italian trimaran, alongside skipper Giovanni Soldini, are the Italian Guido Broggi (mainsail trimmer), Nico Malingri and Matteo Soldini (both grinder and trimmer); the Spanish Carlos Hernandez Robayna (trimmer) and Oliver Herrera Perez (bowman); the French François Robert (pitman).
The challenge is supported by Maserati, the main sponsor that gives the name to the trimaran and Aon as co-sponsor, along with the official supplier for the clothing, Ermenegildo Zegna.