The racing season in the Caribbeans is over and Giovanni Soldini has set sail from Antigua to bring Maserati Multi70 back in the Mediterranean, in La Spezia, from where he will start the process of transforming the boat installing aboard an instrument that will measure the CO2 present in the sea’s surface. Unexpectedly, for the ocean crossing, Hervé Barmasse is joining the crew: the great Italian alpinist has just returned from an expedition on the Nanga Parabat.
“I’m very happy that my friend Hervé is here,” says Soldini, “he has the right spirit and I’m sure he will have a lot of fun. Our worlds are more similar than you would expect and we share the love for adventure while respecting the environment”.
Barmasse, who will be sailing in the ocean for his first time, add: “Giovanni and I talked about it for years and finally there’s the opportunity to share this fantastic experience. For someone like me who never sailed, crossing the Atlantic Ocean has the flavour of adventure. Who knows what awaits me. In addition, with Giovanni, I will be so lucky to experience the formula 1 of sailing and to compare two worlds that are apparently opposite but are in fact so similar”
The 4000-mile-long route will be the place to confront new elements, but there’s more. The familiarity with the wilder nature, the embrace with the environment, the pact with their passions and the challenge to their limits, unite the two great explorers who will face together this special journey of discovery and encounter between mountain and sea.
Aboard the trimaran with Giovanni Soldini, other than Hervé Barmasse, are Oliver Herrera Perez, Thomas Joffrin, Francesco Pedol, Matteo Soldini and Gianmarco Sardi.