Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s Team are getting ready for the next challenge: the 50th edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race (commonly known as Transpac), which will start on July 13th at 12.30 local time (19.30 UTC, 21.30 Italian time).
This edition of the Transpac attracted 91 entrants, among which there are six multihulls. Alongside Maserati Multi 70 there will be the American MOD 70 Argo, skippered by Jason Carroll, the English MOD 70 PowerPlay, skippered by Peter Cunningham and the American 63’ trimaran Paradox. In the multihull category there will also be American catamarans Celestra and Kastor Pollux, respectively 40’ and 42’.
In addition to beating the multihull record set in 2017 by American ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe (4 days, 6 hours, 32 minutes and 30 seconds), the multihulls will compete for the Rudy Choi Perpetual Trophy, awarded for the fastest multihull elapsed time.
Maserati Multi 70’s Team, who already participated in the Transpac in 2017, will compete again with the two MOD 70s, which they already challenged in multiple occasions.
Since its first edition, raced in 1906 with only 3 entrants, the Transpac has become increasingly important and today it is one of the most awaited and followed racing events.
The historical regatta starts from Pt. Fermin, Los Angeles leaving Catalina Island to port; the finish line, around 2225 miles away, is off Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii.
With typical weather conditions for this time of the year, most of the course features downwind sailing: after crossing the starting line, the fleet will sail upwind and close reach for a few hundred miles, before a long broad reach leg to the finish line.
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