After 16 days, 1 hour and 37 minutes of navigation, Maserati Multi 70 rounded Cape of Good Hope at 12.20 UTC.
After a night spent fighting with light winds, the landing on South Africa occurred a few hours earlier, at dawn, near Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of the African continent that by geographical agreement marks the limit between the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean.
Just after they rounded Cape Agulhas, Giovanni Soldini and the other four crew members (Guido Broggi, Sébastien Audigane, Oliver Herrera Perez and Alex Pella) have found a favorable wind to round Good Hope, not just a symbolic turn halfway between Hong Kong and London.
“It’s a beautiful day, it’s sunny and windy. We are very happy to get here, over halfway, in sixteen days. Excellent average, excellent navigation, excellent boat, excellent crew. We hope to continue like this “, says Giovanni Soldini.
In 2008 Lionel Lemonchois and his crew, who currently hold the Hong Kong-London record, sailed for 21 days before passing Cape of Good Hope.