Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini ready to set sail for the Plymouth-La Rochelle record Possible departure scheduled for Thursday 15 April around 13 GMT. Four weeks in the hunt for records in the English Channel for the Italian trimaran Giovanni Soldini and the crew of Maserati Multi 70 are ready for a new challenge: the Plymouth (UK) – La Rochelle (FR) record.
The Team has been in Cherbourg (FR) for a few days, where it is carefully studying the evolution of weather conditions to identify the ideal windows to try to beat three records in the Channel: in addition to Plymouth-La Rochelle, the Cowes-Dinard (Record of the Channel) and the Fastnet Original Course (from Cowes to Plymouth, via Fastnet Lighthouse, south of Ireland).
«In this period the regattas are still inactive» explains Soldini, «so we think these records are an excellent opportunity to push Maserati Multi 70 to the maximum and stay in training. The records in the Channel are very complex, there are some points where the tidal currents reach up to 8 knots of speed, so it is essential to find the conditions that allow you to have sustained wind in phase with the tides, so as not to sail against. current. These are historical records, currently in the hands of Phaedo3 and PowerPlay, but they are within our reach and we aim to snatch at least one of them ».
Soldini continues: «From our latest analyzes, it seems that Thursday opens a possible window for the record from Plymouth to La Rochelle, but there are many variables at stake and conditions could change at the last second. One of the unknowns remains the wind angle that we will find after the island of Ouessant, northeastern France, because the models do not agree: we are very loaded and ready to leave at the right moment, we will have to calculate precisely each maneuver, but it is this is the beauty of records, especially those that are so tight! “
The 329-mile route from Plymouth to La Rochelle is characterized by several difficult passages, with changes in wind and intense tidal currents. The Maserati Multi 70 Team will have to finish the race in less than 14 hours, 5 minutes and 20 seconds, time set by Lloyd Thornburg and Brian Thompson aboard Phaedo3 in 2015, with an average speed of 23.36 knots.
The Team ready to leave aboard Maserati Multi 70 is made up of 5 experienced sailors: with Giovanni Soldini there will be Giulio Bertelli, who has sailed in various classes (including Class40, VOR70 and MOD70) and was part of the Luna shore team. Red for the 34th edition of the America’s Cup, as well as being an expert in the development of high performance foil boats. With them also Guido Broggi, Carlos Hernandez Robayna, Oliver Herrera Perez, and Matteo Soldini.