Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini triumphed in the duel against Peter Cunningham’s MOD 70 PowerPlay and conquered the Channel Record. They set sail off Cowes (UK) at 9:13:40 GMT and they crossed the finish line off Dinard (FR) at 13:44:29 GMT, sailing 138 miles in 4 hours, 30 minutes and 49 seconds, with an average speed of 30,59 knots: just under 4 minutes less than the competitor PowerPlay, who finished the race with an elapsed time of 4 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds. The Italian Team’s time is 18 minutes better than the 2015 record set by Lloyd Thornburg and Brian Thompson aboard Phaedo3. The elapsed times have been collected by the two competing teams, they will have to be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Racing Council.
Aboard the trimaran, Soldini sailed with a 6-man crew: Ambrogio Beccaria, Vittorio Bissaro, Guido Broggi, François Robert, Carlos Hernandez Robayna and Matteo Soldini.
Photo © Rick Tomlinson