The crew of the MaseratiMulti70 ocean going flying trimaran are digging deep into their energy reserves as they continue to hurtle across the Pacific towards Hawaii in the Transpac Race.
Despite having had their starboard rudder destroyed by a collision with an unidentified floating object yesterday, the sailors have been pushing the boat relentlessly to stay in contention with the leading two trimarans – the 60-foot Mighty Merloe and the 70-foot Phaedo3.
In the absence of the missing rudder the crew have had to rely on solely on the central rudder for steerage when sailing on port gybe. Nevertheless, they have been sailing downwind at speeds approaching 30 knots at times in the final section of the 2,225-mile race to Honolulu’s Diamond Head in Hawaii.
At 05.00 Italian time this morning MaseratiMulti70 was third in the multihull division travelling almost exactly due east (148 degrees) at 28.9 knots with 564.4.3 miles to go. Mighty Merloe and Phaedo3 were on similar courses with 521.2 and 528.4 miles to go, respectively.
Fans of MaseratiMulti70 can follow the boat’s progress on the team’s website here: http://maserati.soldini.it/cartography/