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    Atlantic Dash Countdown For Maserati

    Lanzarote, 22 November - There are now just a few days – four to be exact – left to go before Maserati Multi70 points her bows oceanward in the 2016 RORC Transatlantic Race which starts from Lanzarote this Saturday, November 26.

    A consolidated format based on two previous editions, the ideal time of year for an east-west Atlantic crossing and a Trade Winds-favoured 2,865-mile route are the secrets of the success of this the third edition of the ocean race from the Canaries to the Grenadines (the finish line is at Grenada).

    A total of 11 crews split between Maxi, Class 40 and multihull categories responded to the call put out by the Royal Ocean Racing Club which organises the event. In the MOD 70 category, the big battle will be between Maserati Multi70 and Phaedo3. Their respective skippers Giovanni Soldini and Brian Thompson and their crews are relishing the prospect of doing battle in open sea.

    Soldini will be flanked by six others aboard Maserati Multi70 in this first Atlantic challenge: Guido Broggi, Francesco Malingri, Jean-Baptiste Vaillant, François Robert, Oliver Herrera and Carlos Hernandez.
    As focused as ever on innovation and experimentation, Maserati Multi70 will be in flying trim for the transatlantic event during which the long ocean waves will put both the boat and her appendages to the test.
    «We are delighted to be taking part in this ocean race and it will give us our first opportunity to test Maserati Multi70 over a long distance», commented Giovanni Soldini. «We are also happy to get another chance to pit ourselves against Phaedo3 with which we’ve shared the same schedule for these first races».

    The weather for the RORC Transatlantic Race looks set to be challenging as the Trade Winds are still rather weak and less than widespread.
    «I’ll wait until the start to have a clearer picture of what will be happening in the Atlantic. The Trade Winds haven’t stabilised yet this year. There’s a big tropical depression in mid-Ocean that’s taking all the wind and influencing the area we’ll be sailing through», explains Giovanni Soldini.
    The multihull time to beat (set by Phaedo3 last year) is 5 days, 22 hours, 46’ and 03”.

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