Born in Milan on May 16 1966, Giovanni has been sailing since he was a small boy.
He has over 25 years of ocean racing to his credit, including two single-handed round the worlds (he won the Around Alone in 1999 and made history by also rescuing Isabelle Autissier, and finished second overall in the 1995 BOC Challenge), six Québec-Saint Malos (one victory in the monohull category), six Ostars (two victories in the 50’ and 40’ classes), three Transat Jacques Vabres (one victory in the 40’ class) and over 40 ocean crossings.
Soldini also set a slew of records aboard the VOR70 Maserati, not least on the Cadiz-San Salvador route(2012) and the New York-San Francisco Gold Route (13,225 miles in 47 days, 42’and 29”), other than participating in 2 editions of the Transpac Race, finishing second in the monohull class in the 2013 edition.
In 2014 he conquers the first place in the Cape2Rio, while setting the new record time at 10 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes and 57 seconds. The following year he participates in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, finishing in 4th position.
In 2016, after an intense three years aboard Maserati VOR70, Soldini and his Team embarked on a new adventure with Maserati Multi70, marking a return for the Milanese yachtsman to multihull sailing (he had previously competed in crew races with the 60’ trimaran Tim).
In 2018, aboard Maserati Multi70, he sets the Tea Route record from Hong Kong to London, sailing 15083 miles in 36 days, 2 hours, 37’ and 12”. In October of the same year he participates in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, finishing in first position in 2 days, 11 hours, 54 minutes and 58 seconds. Finally, in November, he won the Multihull Line Honours Trophy of the RORC Transatlantic Race, crossing the finish line in 6 days, 18 hours, 54 minutes and 34 seconds.
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