Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s Team are ready to participate in the second edition of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge, from February 14th to February 16th, which will start and finish in Simpson Bay, on the southern side of the Franco-Dutch island of Saint Martin/Sint Marteen. The event, organized by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, is reserved to multihulls, which will compete in three different races in the Caribbean Sea.
There are 20 multihulls participating, divided into 5 classes. In the first class, the ocean racing boats, alongside Maserati Multi 70 is once again Argo, skippered by Jason Carroll, recently challenged during the 2019 Transpacific Yacht Race. The 70’ American trimaran will race for the first time in flying mode, following the recent installation of flying foils and T-shaped rudders.
Maserati Multi 70 will sail with a new hydraulic system of pumps and cylinders regulating the rake, the foil’s angle, which was damaged during the Cape2Rio 2020.
The first race of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge, on Friday February 14th, has been added this year and it was designed for the 70’s to perform at their best on a longer course: the contestants will set sail from Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, heading South-East, they will then sail around Saint Barthélemy before sailing back to the finish line in Simpson Bay. The winner of the race will also set the record to be beaten in the future editions.
The races taking place on Saturday February 15th and Sunday February 16th will have shorter courses: from Simpson Bay to Grand Case, on the French side of the island, and back.
Giovanni Soldini commented: «This will be the first time we compete with Argo with flying foils and rudders, so we are expecting and interesting race. Argo has modern foils, smaller and less aggressive than ours; we spent the last 3 years developing Maserati Multi 70’s flying system: it will be very interesting to see the differences and the potentials of the two systems. This will also be a great opportunity to train for the RORC Caribbean 600, starting on February 24th!»