Maserati Multi 70 and Gio­vanni Sol­dini fin­ish first in the 39th Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race

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MO­DENA: To­day at 22.54 58” lo­cal time (20.54 UTC), Maserati Multi 70 crossed in first place the fin­ish line of the 39th Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race, cov­er­ing the 606 miles of the his­tor­i­cal Mal­tese re­gatta in 2 days, 11 hours, 54 min­utes and 58 sec­onds.

Pow­er­Play, its di­rect ri­val, ar­rived sec­ond in 2 days, 13 hours, 36 min­utes and 48 sec­onds.

Gio­vanni Sol­dini and Maserati Multi 70 crossed the start line in the Grand Har­bour in Malta on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 20th at 11.00 lo­cal time (09.00 UTC) with a 15 knots wind from North-East and headed right away to­wards Si­cily.

Af­ter pass­ing Capo Passero, dur­ing the tack­ing race with Pow­er­Play, Maserati Multi 70 had to face a dam­age to the main sheet’s hy­draulic pis­ton, which was solved right away by the crew.

Just an hour later, sail­ing close-hauled, the right-side rud­der’s fit­ting broke.

“We im­me­di­ately re­al­ized the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion”, ex­plains Gio­vanni Sol­dini, “the rud­der burst through side­ways the aft part of its lo­ca­tion. We are sure that we didn’t hit any ob­ject and we think it’s a struc­tural prob­lem. Af­ter we brought the dam­aged rud­der out of the wa­ter, we were able to restart a few me­ters be­hind Pow­er­Play, which re­gained all the ad­van­tage we had over it.”

A key mo­ment of the re­gatta was the de­ci­sion, took by Gio­vanni and Vit­to­rio Bis­saro, to ap­proach the Strait of Messina from East, let­ting Maserati Multi 70 ob­tain a dis­crete ad­van­tage over Pow­er­Play.

“The most dif­fi­cult mo­ment was, dur­ing the night be­tween Sun­day and Mon­day, the pas­sage of a big squall with storms, thun­ders, light­ning and gusts up to 50 knots. Af­ter a very chal­leng­ing ma­noeu­vre we quickly got out of it with­out any dam­age.”

Mon­day Oc­to­ber 22nd was then very hard for Gio­vanni Sol­dini and his crew: Pow­er­Play gained back most of its de­lay, right be­fore the last lap beam reach from Lampe­dusa to Malta, the most crit­i­cal for Maserati Multi 70 con­sid­er­ing the dam­age to the right-side rud­der.

Sol­dini con­tin­ues: “With the dam­aged rud­der, we weren’t sure we could de­fend our po­si­tion from Pow­er­Play’s at­tacks. To our sur­prise, we were able to find a mag­i­cal as­set, with the boat’s weights, the lee­ward foil’s rake and the mast’s in­cline, that made it pos­si­ble for us to han­dle this beam reach lap at high speed.”

“It was a great re­gatta and a great bat­tle with Pow­er­Play, which never let go un­til the end. I must thank ev­ery­one in Maserati Multi 70’s Team, they did an amaz­ing job!”

Aboard Maserati Multi 70, with skip­per Gio­vanni Sol­dini, there are 7 pro­fes­sional sailors: Ital­ians Vit­to­rio Bis­saro (tac­ti­cian), Guido Broggi (main­sail trim­mer), Ni­coMal­in­gri and Mat­teo Sol­dini (both grinder and trim­mer); Span­ish Carlo Her­nan­dez Robayna (trim­mer) and Oliver Her­rera Perez (bow­man) and French François Robert (pit­man).

Maserati Multi 70’s next ath­letic ap­point­ment will be the RORC Transat­lantic Race, start­ing on Novem­ber 24th, 2018 from Lanzarote, in the Ca­nary Is­lands.

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.

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