New elapsed record in Transatlantic Race

Published on January 14th, 2023

St George’s, Grenada (January 13, 2023) – Today at 19:46:26 UTC, Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati Multi70 took Multihull Line Honors in the 2023 RORC Transatlantic Race. Maserati’s elapsed time sets a new Multihull Race Record for the RORC Transatlantic Race of 5 days 5 hours 46 mins 26 secs.

Maserati Multi70 Crew: Giovanni Soldini, Guido Broggi, Matteo Soldini, Oliver Herrera Perez, Francesco Pedol, Lucas Valenza-Troubat and Francesco Malingri.

For Maserati, the victory and new race record did not come easily in the RORC Transatlantic Race. Strong winds and a big sea state took its toll on the boat, but the crew battled through the troubles and strife to smash the previous record by 16 hrs 59mins 37 secs.

“I am very happy, we were very fast and we took a very nice route in this race,” commented Soldini. “We had a big problem with the centreboard and a rudder, but we kept fighting. I am so happy to be here in Grenada and I am so proud of my team, they are special guys.”

This was the fourth RORC Transatlantic Race for Maserati Multi70. Last year Maserati came from behind to take Line Honors in a photo-finish. This year’s win was even sweeter; Soldini has raced across the Atlantic over 40 times and he believes this race was as close to perfect as possible.

“We made a mistake in the beginning when we went looking for thermal wind in the Canary Islands; we probably missed it by half an hour. After that we did a really nice job when you look at our course. We gybed well on the shifts and came out of every maneuver on a great angle.”

Frank Slootman’s American MOD70 Snowflake, skippered by Gavin Brady is expected to be the second boat to finish the RORC Transatlantic Race. At 21:00 UTC, Snowflake was 72 miles from Grenada.

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The 9th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race started January 8 from the Spanish island of Lanzarote of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, with 21 entries racing under the IRC and MOCRA Rating Rules competing on the 3,000 nm course to Grenada.

Multihull elapsed record is 5 days 5 hours 46 mins 26 secs set in 2023 by Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati Multi70.

Monohull elapsed record is 7 days, 22 hrs, 01 mins, 04 secs set in 2022 by the 100ft VPLP Design/Verdier Comanche, skippered by Mitch Booth.

Source: RORC

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