Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini conquer a new record: 239 miles from Plymouth (UK) to La Rochelle (FR) in 12 hours, 15 minutes and 21 seconds, with an average speed of 26,84 knots. The Italian Team’s time is around 2 hours shorter than the previous record, set by Lloyd Thornburg and Brian Thompson aboard Phaedo3 in 2015, of 14 hours, 5 minutes and 20 seconds.
Maserati Multi 70 set sail from Plymouth yesterday at 14:06:21 UTC (16:06:21 Italian time) and headed towards the north-western end of France, sailing with an average speed over 32-33 knots and reaching peaks of 44 knots. Soldini explains: “Crossing the Channel we were sailing very fast, with 20-25 knots of north-easterly wind, then we arrived to Ouessant and it was great: the passage between the island and the coast is very narrow and we were sailing ‘a cannamorta’ at 35 knots! Afterwards, sailing down along the French coast, the wind was 10-15 degrees narrower than predicted and we slowed down, but we were able to achieve an excellent result, we’re very happy!”
The record is subject to the World Sailing Speed Record Council’s ratification.
For this challenge, Giovanni Soldini sailed aboard Maserati Multi 70 with Giulio Bertelli, Guido Broggi, Carlos Hernandez Robayna, Oliver Herrera Perez and Matteo Soldini.
Another audacious achievement for the new Era of Maserati, in the name of speed and performance, key values of the Brand’s strategy.
The record is the result of the collaboration, devoted to innovation, between Maserati and Giovanni Soldini’s team. This process of transferring technological know-how from the Maserati Innovation Lab applied to Maserati Multi 70 has created a constantly evolving “laboratory-boat”.
The Team is sailing back to their base in Cherbourg (FR), from where they will keep studying the weather conditions for the next few weeks to identify ideal windows to attempt to beat another two records in the English Channel: the Cowes to Dinard (the Channel Record) and the Fastner Original Course record (from Cowes to Plymouth, sailing around the Fastnet Lighthouse, south of Ireland).