Speaking the language of luxury
Published on January 24th, 2024
No sooner did Italian offshore sailor Giovanni Soldini report that his collaboration with Maserati had come to an end, it becomes known he is trading the Trident for the Prancing Horse of Ferrari. Evidentially, Soldini speaks the language of luxury sports car brands.
Born in Milan on May 16, 1966, Soldini’s CV includes winning the 1999 Around Alone and finishing second overall in the 1995 BOC Challenge, six Québec-Saint Malos (one victory in the monohull category), six OSTARs (two victories in the 50’ and 40’ classes), and three Transat Jacques Vabres (one victory in the 40’ class).
After racing and record-seeking on a VO70 and MOD70 for Maserati since 2012, Soldini will be creating a new boat with Ferrari… here is the media release:
The Prancing Horse is preparing to compete in the world of sailing under the guidance of Team Principal and acclaimed navigator, Giovanni Soldini. In addition to competing on tracks all over the world, Ferrari is now embarking on this new venture to enhance its technological know-how, in line with the Company’s continuous will to progress.
This unique project will see the Maranello-based company utilize cutting-edge technologies throughout the entire cycle, from conception and engineering to realization. The search for maximum performance at sea will generate innovations and concrete solutions for sustainability that, in line with Ferrari’s tradition, will be an important stimulus in the evolution of its sports cars.
John Elkann, Chairman of Ferrari, said: “We are about to embark on an exciting journey that will expand our racing soul. With this new competitive challenge, motivated by our innovative capacity and commitment to sustainability, we will push beyond current boundaries. We are happy to be able to count on Giovanni, who is extraordinary in terms of experience, determination, and team spirit.”
Giovanni Soldini said: “I am thrilled to start this new adventure with Ferrari. We are working on an important and cutting-edge project with an amazing technological potential that brings together different worlds and skills of the highest level. Working with an exceptional team in the research and development of innovative solutions that are respectful of our environment is a truly unique experience.”