During the first day in the Atlantic, Maserati Multi 70 has sailed from the parallel 34° S (latitude of Cape of Good Hope) up to 28° S taking advantage of the southerly wind that will first turn to SE then to E as the trimaran continues to sail northwards in the “elevator for the Equator”.
Where to cross the ”Line” and its infamous calms or doldrums? This is the question of the moment as Giovanni Soldini explains: “It is very important to study well the strategy for the next few days. it is doubtful where the Equator shall be passed, usually we do it around longitude 27° W. But there is the possibility of going straight, near the African coast, but then things could get complicated the following week. Together with Pierre (Lasnier, the team’s routeur, Ed.) who helps us from land, we are running many simulations to try and decide the best choice. There are many options, unfortunately the meteorology is not an exact science, we’ll have to ponder well this choice because it is fundamental.”
“We will take a decision in the next 24/36 hours”, concludes Giovanni Soldini.
Maserati Multi 70 is 798 miles ahead at 9.00 UTC.