Following a positive 2018, Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s 2019 racing season starts with the participation in the 11th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, the 600-miles-long race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, around 11 islands in the Lesser Antilles, in the Caribbean. The regatta will start on Monday February 18th.
The 79 boats that have entered the regatta will start from Fort Charlotte, Antigua, heading North, they will pass Barbuda, Nevis, Saba and Saint Barth before rounding Saint Martin and heading South towards Guadeloupe. After rounding the island, the fleet will head back North, touching the last mark off Barbuda before heading back to Antigua towards the finish line. The course of the race features a great variety of currents and winds, which makes it a very interesting and challenging regatta.
The multihull record belongs to the American MOD 70 Phaedo3, which in 2016 arrived first with an elapsed time of 1 day, 7 hours, 59 minutes and 4 seconds. Maserati Multi 70 participated in the race in 2017, arriving second after Phaedo3.
Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s Team have a great season behind them: in 2018 the Italian trimaran’s Team first conquered the Tea Route Record, from Hong Kong to London, with an elapsed time of 36 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes and 12 seconds, then won Multihull Line Honours both in the 39th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race in October, and in the 5th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race in November.
After the RORC Transatlantic Race, Maserati Multi 70 spent two months in the boatyard in Guadeloupe. The Team worked non-stop to carry out maintenance on the trimaran: they applied the antifouling paint and repainted the hulls and the appendixes, they inspected the mechanical components, the deck’s equipment and the electrical system. The Team also made some slight changes to the T-shaped rudder’s system developed last year in order to make it stronger.
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