NEW YORK-LIZARD POINT
The New York-Lizard Point record – a 2880 mile dash across the Atlantic through the icebergs of Newfoundland – is currently held by Mari-Cha IV, America Robert Miller’s 140′ maxi-shooner that covered the distance in just 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and 30 seconds in 2003 making an average speed of 18.5 knots.
In addition to the challenges posed by the route (strong winds, rough seas, icebergs and water temperatures of just 2 to 4 degrees) and weather, Maserati is also a very different craft from Mari-Cha IV which was built specifically to beat the all of the most important sailing records. In fact, the maxi-yacht is made entirely from carbon-fibre with a canting keel, a displacement of just 50 tonnes and a sail plan spread over two 45-metre masts. During the crossing, set between October 2nd and 9th 2003, owner Robert Miller was aboard Mari-Cha IV with 23 crew.
In May 2012, Giovanni and his team of seven attempted the NY-Lizard Point record aboard Maserati but were foiled in their endeavour by adverse weather conditions.