The Italian team is ready to leave for the 595 miles of the original Fastnet route. The goal: to beat the time set by PowerPlay (25 hours, 4 minutes and 18 seconds) knots.
Maserati Multi 70 is ready to go to attempt the record on the original Fastnet route. The start is scheduled for today, Friday 7 May, around 19.00 GMT (21.00 Italian time). Giovanni Soldini and his crew’s goal is to improve the time set just a month ago by Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay: 25 hours, 4 minutes and 18 seconds, with an average speed of 23.73.
Having already set two records in the Channel in recent weeks, from Plymouth to La Rochelle (12 hours, 15 minutes, 21 seconds) and from Cowes to Dinard (4 hours, 30 minutes, 49 seconds), Soldini and his team are ready for the third difficult undertaking. The 595-mile route is the original Fastnet Race, the historic regatta held every two years in the south of the UK. It starts from Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, then, past Land’s End, crosses the Celtic Sea to Fastnet, the rock off the coast of Ireland, and then back to the finish in Plymouth, passing south of Bishop Rock .
Soldini and his crew have been analyzing the development of the forecasts for days to attempt the feat: “Breaking this record is not at all easy and the weather is quite complex: at the start there will not be much wind, which will only strengthen once we arrive at the islands Scilly. From there we should go rather swiftly across to the Fastnet. The variables are always many, we must try not to waste too much time at the beginning and we hope not to find too much sea. This window is not perfect, but it is possible and we no longer have much time to wait for a better situation, so we accept the challenge and we will do our best! “
Alongside Giovanni Soldini for this record, 5 skilled navigators board the trimaran, including, for the first time on Maserati Multi 70, Gerardo Siciliano, formerly part of Soldini’s crew on the ORM60 TIM and part of the Luna team Red. With them also Guido Broggi, Carlos Hernandez Robayna, Oliver Herrera Perez and Matteo Soldini.
The search for new techniques and technologies to improve the performance of the trimaran continues for the Maserati Multi 70 team: innovation, speed and passion are just three of the keywords underlying the collaboration between Soldini and the engineers of the Maserati Innovation Lab. The two teams they work closely together, carefully analyzing the performance of the trimaran to find innovative solutions to reach ever higher speeds. Soldini comments: «During the last records we have reached amazing speeds, above 40 knots, and we have experienced many innovations installed during the winter months. The great thing about Maserati Multi 70 is that we learn new things every day: this record is a perfect opportunity to test changes to the starboard rudder, we hope it will give us some joy!”