Maserati-- 70' Ocean Racing Foiler

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  1. Doug Lord
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    From Team Maserati:

    Transpac 2019 | Race Information https://2019.transpacyc.com/race-info

    MASERATI MULTI 70’S TEAM IS READY FOR THE TRANSPAC
    July 10, 2019
    Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s Team arrived two days ago in Los Angeles for the 50th edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac): the regatta will start on Saturday July 13th at 12.30 local time (19.30 UTC, 21.30 Italian time).

    The historical ocean race starts from Pt. Fermin, Los Angeles and the finish line, around 2225 miles away, is in Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Maserati Multi 70’s Team is continuing its research and testing in order to optimize the trimaran’s flying performance. Giovanni Soldini explains: «During the last race, the CA 500, we carried out some tests that helped us further improve the rudders’ system. We already tried it out on the water and it seems to work really well».

    The crew joining skipper Giovanni Soldini aboard Maserati Multi 70 for this edition of the Transpac is made up of 7 expert sailors:

    • Alberto Bona (IT) – he has been passionate about sailing since his youth, he raced in several classes, including Mini 6.50s and Class 40s. He has many miles of sailing experience, two single-handed Atlantic crossings and 8 victories in the Mini 6.50 class. He has already sailed many miles aboard the Italian trimaran during deliveries, and this edition of the Transpac will be his first race aboard Maserati Multi 70.
    • Guido Broggi (IT), mainsail trimmer – he is Maserati Multi 70’s boat captain and has thousands of miles of ocean sailing under his belt. He has been working alongside Giovanni Soldini for many years, since he was team leader in the building and in the racing preparation of 60’ Fila in 1998. He was part of Maserati Multi 70’s crew for the Tea Route record from Hong Kong to London and, in 2019, for the RORC Caribbean 600 and the CA 500.
    • Carlos Hernandez Robayna (ESP), trimmer – he has many years of sailing experience and has raced in various classes. He has sailed alongside Giovanni Soldini in several regattas and ocean crossings, among which the Transpacific Yacht Race and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Aboard Maserati Multi 70, he participated, in 2018, in the Rolex Middle Sea Race and in the RORC Transatlantic Race and, in 2019, in the RORC Caribbean 600.
    • Oliver Herrera Perez (ESP), bowman – throughout his career he raced aboard Ims 500s, Swan 45s and Rc44s. He was previously part of VOR 70 Maserati’s crew and now he continues to race as bowman aboard Maserati Multi 70. He crewed for Giovanni Soldini during the Tea Route record and, in 2019, for the RORC Caribbean 600 and the CA 500.
    • Nico Malingri (IT), grinder and trimmer – he started sailing at a very young age and has conquered two double-handed records with his father Vittorio Malingri aboard a 20-foot-long catamaran: the Marseilles-Carthage in 2016 and the Dakar-Guadeloupe in 2017. Aboard Maserati Multi 70 he participated in the latest editions of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the RORC Transatlantic Race, the RORC Caribbean 600 and the CA 500.
    • François Robert (FRA), pitman – he participated in many races, among which two Mini Transat and one Transat Jacques Vabre. He was part of the building Team for Giovanni Soldini’s 60’ Fila and Class 40 Telecom Italia. Aboard the Italian trimaran he participated in the latest edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the RORC Transatlantic Race and, in 2019, in the CA 500.
    • Matteo Soldini (IT), grinder and trimmer – he has been part of the Maserati Multi 70 project since its start and has participated in many offshore races. He was part of the trimaran’s crew for the latest Rolex Middle Sea Race, the RORC Transatlantic Race, the RORC Caribbean 600 and the CA 500.
    Maserati Multi 70’s Team, who already participated in the Transpac of 2017, will compete again with the two MOD 70s that they previously challenged many times: American Argo and British PowerPlay. The two rival trimarans will sail in classic mode, even though Argo is working to develop a flying system and will race with flying rudders.(emphasis dl)

    Go Maserati!
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2019
  2. Doug Lord
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    From Team Maserati:
    LEFT SIDE BOW DAMAGED FOR A STRONG IMPACT IN THE OCEAN
    July 15, 2019
    At 4.30 UTC, Maserati Multi 70, while sailing at 23-24 knots, collided with a big floating object that damaged the left side hull’s bow and the rudder’s wing.

    Giovanni Soldini explained: “We couldn’t understand what it was, but it was very big, it was at least one meter high out of the water. It hit the left side hull with great force, severely damaging it, then it glided along the hull and hit the rudder. The fuse system worked, but the object was so big that we lost the outer half of the wing. We stopped for one hour: we took off the wing completely so we could use the rudder’s blade. Now we’re sailing with the bow out of the water using the foil: we’re waiting for the light to do a thorough inspection of the side hull – which has 7 watertight bulkheads – to check if there are any holes.”

    According to the 3.00 UTC position updates, Maserati Multi 70‘s Team was sailing at 26 knots, with 1872 miles ahead of them, on the wake of their competitors: Argo, at 25 miles, had 1732 miles before the finish line, followed by PowerPlay, at 25 knots with 1833 miles to go.
     
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    From Team Maserati:
    MASERATI MULTI 70 “A CANNAMORTA” AFTER GYBE
    July 17, 2019
    For many hours Maserati Multi 70 had to sail on starboard tack, on the damaged hull. It was impossible to reach an average speed higher than 25 knots. At 12 UTC, Giovanni Soldini and his crew gybed and now, on port tack, they are able to fly steadily and reach a higher speed.

    The positions updated at 8 UTC, before the last gybe, show Maserati Multi 70 782 miles away from the finish line, more than a hundred miles behind PowerPlay, with 655 miles to go, and Argo, with 602 miles ahead of it: the disadvantage is not small, but the Italian trimaran’s Team is not giving up and will fight to the end.
     
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    From Team Maserati:
    MASERATI MULTI 70 AT THE FINISH LINE OF THE TRANSPAC. SOLDINI “TOO BAD ABOUT THE ACCIDENT BUT WE’RE HAPPY ABOUT MASERATI MULTI 70’S PERFORMANCE”
    July 18, 2019
    At 3.56 51” on July 18th local time (13.56 51” UTC, 15.56 51” Italian time) Maserati Multi 70 crossed the finish line of the 50th edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) off Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii. Giovanni Soldini and his Team arrived with an elapsed time of 4 days, 18 hours, 26 minutes and 51 seconds.

    The American MOD 70 Argo crossed first the finish line, at 20.50 32” on July 17th local time (on July 18th at 6.50 32” UTC and 8.50 32” Italian time), with an elapsed time of 4 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes and 32 seconds. The English trimaran PowerPlay followed shortly after, at 21.21 50” local time (July 18th 7.21 50” UTC and 9.21 50” Italian time), concluding the race with an elapsed time of 4 days, 11 hours, 51 minutes and 50 seconds.

    The multihull record, set in 2017 by ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe, of 4 days, 6 hours, 32 minutes and 30 seconds, remains undefeated.

    Maserati Multi 70 and its competitors, set sail from Pt. Fermin, Los Angeles on Saturday July 13th at 12.30 local time (19.30 UTC, 21.30 Italian time), ready for a 2225-mile-long ocean crossing.

    The race start was difficult for Maserati Multi 70: the weather models suggested a northern route, to sail around a low pressure zone with 3-6 knots of wind, before reaching the trade wind, stable around 17 knots. Unfortunately the centre of the depression moved south 3 hours later than anticipated, blocking the way for the Italian trimaran while Argo was able to pass by just a few miles. PowerPlay, who was only 5 miles behind the American trimaran, got stuck in the low pressure and Argo was able to gain 100 miles of advantage.

    Once it reached the trade wind, Maserati Multi 70’s Team started chasing its competitors, with full main and gennaker, but shortly after a serious accident forced them to slow down. Around 4.30 UTC on Monday July 15th Maserati Multi 70 hit an unidentified object. Giovanni Soldini, just landed, explained: «The left side bow hit a huge floating object and we immediately went from 24 to 0 knots! The debris then hit the side rudder: the fuse system worked, the rudder rotated horizontally, but the object was at least one meter high above the water and it ripped off the outer half of the rudder’s wing. In the impact we also lost the left steering rod».

    The Italian Team had to stop for one hour, to assess the extent of the damage and to get the rudder system back in use: thanks to the fuse system, the rudder’s blade and bushings were unharmed. «Once we set sail again,» continues Giovanni Soldini, «we weren’t able to reach the same speed as before: without the rudder’s foil it was difficult to fly steadily and every time the left bow hit the water we slowed down. We tried everything we could but it was impossible to go faster than 25 knots and our competitors, sailing an average 3 knots faster, outdistanced us».

    Giovanni Soldini and his crew are pleased with Maserati Multi 70’s performance nonetheless: «We’re super happy about the long steps forward we made with the latest changes, the rudders’ settings that we developed in the last months, work very well and we’re able to fly much steadier. On port tack we reached an average speed of 30 knots and we were able to fly for very long distances, we sailed 670 miles over the last 24 hours!»

    Over the coming weeks Maserati Multi 70’s Team will be working to repair the damages suffered during the race.
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    Argo, with her "flying rudders", won followed by Power Play and then Maserati....
     
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