Giovanni Soldini and his crew crossed the finish line at Diamond Head off Honolulu at 11.18 and 55 seconds Italian time today, July 11 (23.18 and 55 seconds July 10 in Hawaii) – four days, 12 hours, 48 minutes and 55 seconds after leaving Los Angeles on Thursday July 6.
MaseratiMulti70 finished the 2,225-mile race in third place.
For the majority of the crossing from Los Angeles the Italian trimaran had been involved in a close three-way battle for the lead with the two American multihulls, Phaedo3 and Mighty Merloe. However, a collision with an unidentified floating object on Sunday destroyed their starboard rudder and effectively put paid to their chances of challenging for the lead.
Conditions throughout the open ocean race were generally favourable for fast sailing and Mighty Merloe, Phaedo3 and MaseratiMulti70 all reached Honolulu well inside the previous record time of five days, nine hours, 18 minutes and 26 seconds, set by Bruno Peyron’s French 86-foot catamaran Explorer in 1997.
Fans of MaseratiMulti70 can follow the boat’s progress on the team’s website here: http://maserati.soldini.it/cartography/