On Saturday November 24th, 2018 at 12.00 UTC, the 5th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, will start from Lanzarote, Canary Islands: approximately 2995 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Granada, Caribbean.
On the starting line, alongside Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini’s crew, will be the English MOD 70 PowerPlay, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield.
The two trimarans, as well as competing with each other, will have to challenge the race’s speed record for multihulls, which belongs to Lloyd Thornburg. Aboard the American trimaran Phaedo3, he crossed the finish line in 5 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes and 3 seconds in 2015.
During the past weeks Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s Team worked to fix the damages suffered by the trimaran in October during the Rolex Middle Sea Race.
“We modified and reinforced the rudder’s fittings, which should now be stronger”, Soldini commented. “We also solved the problem with the main sheet’s piston.”
Aboard Maserati Multi 70, Giovanni Soldini is accompanied by 6 professional sailors, all already crew members in the last edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race:
- Guido Broggi (ITA) – mainsail trimmer
- Carlos Hernandez Robayna (ESP) – trimmer
- Oliver Herrera Perez (ESP) – bowman
- Nico Malingri (ITA) – grinder and trimmer
- François Robert (FRA) – pitman
- Matteo Soldini (ITA) – grinder and trimmer