On Saturday January 8th 2022, in the waters of Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, on the starting line of the 8th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in collaboration with Yacht Club de France, Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70 will also kick off the new sport season.
Over two hundred sailors coming from 22 different countries will be competing along a route of approximately 2995 miles across the Atlantic Ocean after escaping Canary Islands. A start that requires tactical choices before sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to Quarantine Point, east of Grenada in the Eastern Caribbean.
Maserati Multi 70 gets ready to sail the Ocean in foiling set up, challenging in a highly competitive race multihulls Argo (USA), PowerPlay (CAY) and Ultim Emotion 2 (FRA), with the common goal to break the record of 5 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes, 3 seconds, set by MOD70 Phaedo 3 of Lloyd Thornburg in 2015.
Giovanni Soldini and the whole team of Maserati Multi 70 spent the last two months in the shipyard for routine maintenance and a few minor improvements.
“Everything is ready for the Transat,” says Giovanni Soldini, “it will be a hard-fought race. Our competitors have already proved to be at a very high level, so as always we will sell our life dearly. It will be exciting!”.
Maserati Multi 70 is participating in the RORC Transatlantic Race for the third time, after competing in the editions of 2016 and 2018, when it crossed the finish line first with an elapsed time of 6 days, 18 hours, 54 minutes and 3 seconds.
Aboard Maserati Multi 70, Giovanni Soldini is accompanied by 5 professional sailors, already crew members:
Vittorio Bissaro (ITA) – born in 1987, he started sailing as a child, on Optimist and Laser, and then switched to catamarans. He participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the Nacra 17 class finishing in fifth place and won the Nacra17 World Championship in 2019. Aboard Maserati Multi 70 he participated twice in the RORC 600 Carribean (in 2017 and 2019), in the 2017 edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race, as well as taking part in training and transfers. He also participated in the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2018.
Oliver Herrera Perez (ESP) – in his career he sailed aboard Ims 500s, Swan 45s and Rc44s. Already part of Maserati Vor70’s team, he continues to compete as bowman aboard Maserati Multi 70 and, in 2018, he was part of the crew for the Tea Route Record from Hong Kong to London.
Thomas Joffrin (FRA) – He is from Côtes-d’Armor in Brittany, he’s 22 years old and has been working in the sailing world since 2018. He was part of the maxi trimaran team Ultim’Emotion 2 for two years and in June 2021 he participated in the Pcean Race Europe with the Austrian team. He hase 4 transatlantic races and over 50 thousands miles in race and delivery under his belt.
Francesco Pedol (ITA) – professional Skipper, he is experiences in long distance deliveries and has many Atlantic crossings under his belt.
Since May 2021 he is part of the Maserati Multi 70 Team, both as a crew member and shore team.
Matteo Soldini (ITA) – is part of the Maserati Multi 70 project since the start. On board Maserati Multi 70 he participated in the RORC Caribbean 600 in 2017 and, in 2018, in the Rolx Middle Sea Race and in the RORC Transatlantic Race. In 2019 he participated in the RORC Caribbean 600, the CA 500, the Transpac and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Ckub Nha Trang Rally. In 2020 he was part of Maserati Multi 70’s crew for the Cape2Rio and for the RORC Caribbean 200. In 2021 he was part of the crew for all five records set aboard Maserati Multi 70.