‘Carpe Diem’ Maserati

●Sim­ple nav­i­ga­tion er­ror by Phaedo 3 hands hon­our to Maserati ●Ram­bler 88 was ex­pected to take Mono­hull Line Honours

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Gio­vanni Sol­dini’s MOD70 Maserati, crossed the fin­ish line at the Royal Malta Yacht Club to take Mul­ti­hull Line Honours at 14.00.01 CET yes­ter­day in an elapsed time of 2 days 01 hours 25 min­utes and 01 sec­onds. In do­ing so, Maserati has also set a new mul­ti­hull race record for the Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race.

Maserati had trailed Lloyd Thorn­burg’s MOD70 Phaedo3 for most of the race, but fol­low­ing what ap­pears to be a sim­ple nav­i­ga­tion er­ror by Phaedo3, Maserati seized the mo­ment to claim vic­tory.

Maserati skip­per Gio­vanni Sol­dini said: “The first part of the race went well more or less. The two of us ar­rived to­gether. They chose to go in shore and we went a lit­tle bit out. They made the right de­ci­sion and they took an ad­van­tage there. We then played the sec­tion in the night very well, es­pe­cially through Messina and we were very close. Then from Messina to Strom­boli they did bet­ter than us. We stayed too far west.”

“I bet that the best pas­sage along the north of Si­cily would be far off the coast and I was nearly right. We al­most went past them, but then no and we stopped. It was like a piece of elas­tic, we catch up then they go away.”

“A race is never over un­til you fin­ish. Any­thing can hap­pen. When I saw that Phaedo had tacked, I thought they had bro­ken some­thing. I won­dered if maybe I should call them on the ra­dio to ask if they have some prob­lem and they need some­thing. Luck­ily I didn’t be­cause it took a long time for them to dis­cover their er­ror!”

Dam­age be­fore the race re­duced the po­ten­tial of Maserati; she had to sail with a re­place­ment non-foil­ing rud­der and dag­ger­board on the star­board side. Even so, Sol­dini was pleased with what he saw:

“The dif­fer­ent con­di­tions meant we could try dif­fer­ent things. I was re­ally im­pressed with the sail com­bi­na­tion and speed just af­ter the start be­tween the break­wa­ter and the first turn­ing mark. I couldn’t tell you if we would have been faster over the whole race if we had not dam­aged the rud­der. It is a bet. In some mo­ments for sure. From here to Si­cily way faster and also from Strom­boli to the end of Si­cily way faster too when we were reach­ing in 20 knots with a flat see. But who knows.”

Maserati crew mem­ber Pierre Casir­aghi said: “This was al­ways a race that I have thought about be­cause it is my off­shore ‘home race’. I know all the is­lands we go by since I was a kid, so it is some­thing spe­cial for me. I re­ally like off­shore sail­ing, and the key for me is to have a good team and the right boat. With Gio­vanni it is just fantastic be­cause he has such a good spirit. He man­ages very sim­ply to put a good team to­gether, ev­ery­one trusts ev­ery­one and it is just a plea­sure to sail with him what­ever the re­sult.”

“He has such ex­pe­ri­ence and is al­ways very easy go­ing with ev­ery­one, which is re­ally im­por­tant es­pe­cially when you are stuck on a boat for a few days. I think he is amaz­ing for that. And this boat. What a boat, it is great to be able to sail on these tri­marans. They have been built re­ally well, go re­ally fast and even though they are safer than the old Orma 60s there is still some spice to it. Any­time it can hap­pen and you can flip the boat quite eas­ily. You need a lot of con­cen­tra­tion. This is ex­cit­ing to be con­cen­trated and fo­cused on what you are do­ing. I have done the Syd­ney Ho­bart last year with the team, and for sure would love to do the Fast­net. The boat wouldn’t mat­ter as much as the team. It is a leg­end of a race and I will do it even­tu­ally.”

The Maserati crew com­prised Gio­vanni Sol­dini, Guido Broggi, Car­los Her­nan­dez, Oliver Her­rera Perez, Jean-Bap­tiste Le Vail­lant, Francesco Mal­in­gri and Pierre Casir­aghi.

Ge­orge David’s Amer­i­can Maxi Ram­bler 88, was ex­pected to take Mono­hull Line Honours at around mid­night (last night), set­ting the cor­rected time for the IRC fleet to claim the over­all win.

Maserati ar­riv­ing at Marsamx­ett Har­bour yes­ter­day af­ter­noon Photo: Jonathan Borg

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