At 21.57 on Thursday October 17th local time (14.57 UTC, 16.57 Italian time), Maserati Multi 70 crossed the finish line of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally (ex Hong Kong to Vietnam Race) off Nha Trang, Vietnam. Giovanni Soldini and his Team completed the race with an elapsed time of 1 day, 7 hours and 47 minutes (the official time is yet to be confirmed by the race’s organization).
Maserati Multi 70’s direct competitor, Orma 60 SHK Scallywag Fuku, skippered by David Witt, crossed the finish line in first place at 20.19 27” local time (13.19 UTC, 15.19 Italian time), winning Multihull Line Honours with an elapsed time of 1 day, 6 hours, 9 minutes and 27 seconds.
Giovanni Soldini says: «It’s been a great and hard-fought race, we though we’d already won. 50 miles from the finish line we were sailing at 25 knots, with 10 miles of advantage over SHK Scallywag Fuku: under normal conditions it’s impossible to catch up. Suddenly the sky got cloudy and a huge storm absorbed us, leaving us with no wind at all for two hours. Meanwhile our competitors reached the finish line undisturbed, while we were fighting between a cloudburst and the other».
Aboard Maserati Multi 70, skipper Giovanni Soldini raced with a 7-man crew: shift supervisors Guido Broggi and Oliver Herrera Perez; grinders Furio Carboni, Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubini and Nico Malingri; trimmer and grinder Matteo Soldini; tactician Ronan Cointo.
Maserati Multi 70’s Team and their competitor, SHK Scallywag Fuku, set sail from Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, on Wednesday October 16th at 15.10 local time (7.10 UTC, 9.10 Italian time).