At 21.00 UTC on Sunday July 14th, after a slow first day with light wind, Maserati Multi 70 is sailing in the trade wind at an average speed of 27 knots, with full main and gennaker.
The Team’s strategy to get through the low pressure zone didn’t work as planned: according to the the models, the depression was expected to move further South, leaving a small passage North. This happened 3 hours later than anticipated and Maserati Multi 70 found a blocked path.
Giovanni Soldini explained: “When the depression moved further South, Argo had just passed the center of the bubble and didn’t have many issues. PowerPlay was only 70 miles behind: they slowed down quite a lot and lost around a hundred miles. In the last hours the situation definitely improved and we started sailing ‘a cannamorta’: now we will fight tooth and nail!”
The tracking’s positions, updated at 17 UTC, show Maserati Multi 70 2048 miles from the finish line at 29 knots. Argo, in first place, is sailing at 23 knots, 1930 miles away from Honolulu; PowerPlay is 2023 miles away, sailing at 24 knots.
Photo ©Tom Walker