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    Power Play And Maserati Blaze The Path In RORC Transatlantic Race




    The fifth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race started on schedule at 1200 UTC on Saturday 24 November. The fleet bid farewell to Marina Lanzarote which had once again provided an ideal location to prepare for the 3,000 nautical mile race to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina Grenada.

    “The fleet got away to a clean start,” commented RORC Deputy Racing Manager, Tim Thubron. “Kuka 3 was first over the line, followed by Class40 Hydra and the two multihulls; PowerPlay and Maserati. My Song held back at the start but was at speed and full upwind mode at the pin, soon leaving the rest of the monohulls in their wind shadow.”

    The expected light airs start was enhanced by a sea breeze with many of the teams electing to stay inshore to gain lifting pressure rolling down the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote. Pier Luigi Loro Piana's Supermaxi My Song was the first boat to the turning mark at Puerto Calero Marina, followed by the multihulls.


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    Peter Cunningham's MOD70 PowerPlay took first blood in the duel with Giovanni Soldini's Maserati Multi 70. PowerPlay led at the turning mark by several boat lengths. Both trimarans were still able to fly a hull in the light pressure, and no doubt the duel across the Canary Islands will be the next phase of the battle to Grenada.

    Franco Niggeler's Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka 3 was going well, second on the water in the IRC class behind My Song. Arto Linnervuo's Finnish Xp-44 Xtra Staerk made a cracking start, beating all three Class40s to the turning mark at Puerto Calero.

    In the Class40 division, Henrik Bergesen's Norwegian flagged Hydra was first to the mark, just ahead of French skipper Catherine Pourre, racing Eärendil. Stephane Bry's French-Finnish corinthian team racing Sirius was some way behind the leaders, but all set for a 'tick the box' adventure.

    Trevor Middleton's British Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep got away well, the smallest yacht in the race has a crew of five and a massive fan club back home, especially from Yorkshire, Trevor's home county. The amateur crew racing First 47.7 Kali is skippered for the first time by Corinne Wirth. Representing the Swiss Ocean Racing Club, the team are indicative of the ethos of the race. Sail safe and fast!

    By 1800 UTC on Day One, the duelling multihulls had chosen to sail 30 miles north of the rhumb line. Six hours into the race, Maserati had passed PowerPlay and was one mile ahead of their rivals.









    My Song was making good speed in the light winds leading the monohull fleet, with Kuka 3 six miles astern. Class40s Eärendil and Hydra were side-by-side matched for speed. The entire fleet are heading north above all of the Canary Islands avoiding the wind shadow from the islands. With the ridge of high pressure predicted to provide light winds, the overall strategy for all of the competing yachts will be to stay in the best pressure during the first night.

    Finnish Xp-44 Xtra Staerk was still ahead of the Class40s at 1800 UTC and skipper Arto Linnervuo commented from on board;

    We had light winds at the start and inshore it was very shifty, so we had to concentrate on keeping the right side of that. We have now seen the wind go to the south and increase a little to about 11 knots. The spirit on board is fantastic and we are so happy to start this race. We are living our dream and we have such interesting boats and sailors to compete with. As the sun goes down, we can feel the chill in the air, but we are dreaming of getting south into warm trade winds and what promises to be fantastic sailing conditions.”




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    Giovanni Soldini's Maserati Multi 70 and Peter Cunningham's MOD 70 PowerPlay have been swapping the multihull lead right from the start. On the first day, the duo headed northwest, tacking southwest in unison, 73 miles above the rhumb line. A night-time game of cat and mouse ensued, with both teams electing to leave the island of La Palma to port, presumably to avoid the wind shadow from its 2,000m peak. At 1000 UTC on Day 2, both trimarans were heading southwest, upwind at over 13 knots of boat speed. The race was on to escape the expanding area of high pressure and reach the fresh breeze.




    International Maxi Association member Pier Luigi Loro Piana, racing Italian Supermaxi My Song, led the monohull fleet by 28 miles from Franco Niggeler's Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka3. Both yachts chose to sail close to the north shore of Tenerife this morning. Kuka3 navigator, Andrea Caracci spoke from on board at 1000 UTC:



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    “We made a good start and as planned, we went to the north last night looking for good pressure and found good stable wind, but with a maximum of 18 knots we did have to make three head sail changes,” commented Andrea. “This morning we have seen the breeze go to the south and decrease in wind speed to 10 knots. We expect the wind speed to fade during today and we hope to get some enhancement in the channel between Tenerife and La Palma. All is good on board.”




    Franco Niggeler's Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka3 with navigator, Andrea Caracci, skipper Roberto 'Chuny' Bermudez de Castro and a top international ocean racing team on board © RORC/Joaquín Vera

    In the Class40 Division, Catherine Pourre's Eärendil and Henrik Bergesen's Hydra were battling for the lead. After racing northwest during the first day, Eärendil was the first to tack in the early hours of this morning and has taken the class lead. Trevor Middleton's British Sunfast 3600 Black Sheep is the most northerly of the fleet and looks to be in good pressure and is well placed in the IRC fleet.




    Class40s at the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race from Marina Lanzarote - Sirius, Eärendil and Hydra © RORC

    The RORC Transatlantic Race fleet have experienced better than forecast conditions for the first 24 hours of the race, however, the ridge of high pressure is expected to come into play for the second day. Whilst the wind speed will undoubtedly fall, keeping the boat speed at maximum could be a winning strategy. Once the teams reach the new breeze, solid trade winds are forecast for days to come.
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    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini in the lead 24 hours after the start

    The close distance duel with PowerPlay continues
    Just under 24 hours after the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race, begun yesterday at 12.00 UTC, Maserati Multi 70 continues sailing in first position, at 2635 miles from the arrival.

    The first day was very intense for Giovanni Soldini and his crew: Maserati Multi 70 and PowerPlay, the English MOD 70 skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, were never more than 3 miles away from each other, always sailing upwind.

    Furthermore, three hours after crossing the starting line, the Italian crew had to deal with a damage on board: while lowering the right-side foil, the adjustment system's rope damaged the horse on which it leverages. The Team immediately got to work to solve the problem and is now waiting for the resin on the new lamination to catalyse.

    During the morning today, the close distance duel between the two competing multihulls continues: Maserati Multi 70 is responding very well to the light air conditions, with which PowerPlay, lighter and with less wet surface, is normally advantaged. Continuing towards the finish line, the wind will turn North and the boats will reach the Trade Winds, with which Maserati Multi 70 will be able to express its full potential.


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    Maserati Extends Her Lead

    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini sailing at 20 knots with the Trade Winds




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    Third day of RORC Transatlantic Race for Soldini and his Team: according to the tracking, at 12.00 UTC Maserati Multi 70 is sailing at 20 knots of speed with a 15 knots wind and it's 2316 miles away from the finish line. PowerPlay, the English MOD 70 skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, is going at 17 knots with 2306 miles to go.


    "We entered in the Trade Wind, we should be seeing the first flying fish soon" Giovanni Soldini tells from aboard, "we are flying a little with the rudder without foil, keeping all the weights on the bow, to balance the longitudinal asset of the boat. The wind seems fast and stable: we'll give it our best!"


    During the past night, Maserati Multi 70 and PowerPlay gybed towards South, to escape the area of high pressure. Soldini explains: "We gybed as soon as the wind dropped, PowerPlay is able to sail better with light winds, so they gybed later. They gained a few miles of advantage, but we will reach the strengthening wind sooner."
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    Water Ingress On Maserati Allows Power Play To Take Lead

    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini crossed path with PowerPlay in the Atlantic
    The challenge continues in the Trade Winds


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    Maserati Multi 70, according to the tracking at 08.00 UTC of the fourth day of RORC Transatlantic Race, is sailing West at 23.5 knots of speed, 1981 miles away from Grenada. PowerPlay, who is sailing South at a speed of 20.8 knots, follows three miles behind. The Italian crew gybed during the night, between 4 and 5 UTC, and crossed path with the English trimaran shortly after, at a distance of less than a mile and a half.

    Soldini and his crew are now sailing on starboard tack, with the T-shaped rudder in the water, but the sea is too rough and they can’t fly steadily. The ideal conditions for Maserati Multi 70 are with a wind of 15 knots and up and a calm sea: this way the trimaran can rise above the water on the flying rudder and foil, reducing the wetted surface and increasing the speed.
    During yesterday afternoon, Maserati Multi 70 had to slow down for a problem aboard: “A bilge pump’s drainpipe detached” tells Giovanni Soldini, “we embarked a ton of water. All our clothes and sleeping bags are soaking wet, but we solved the problem and we’re off again ‘a cannamorta’!”





    The regatta, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and now in its 5th edition, started from Lanzarote, Canary Islands, on Saturday November 24th and will finish in Grenada, Carribean, 2995 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

    Aboard Maserati Multi 70, 7 professional sailors: alongside skipper Giovanni Soldini, are the Italian Guido Broggi (mainsail trimmer), Nico Malingri and Matteo Soldini (both grinder and trimmer); the Spanish Carlos Hernandez Robayna (trimmer) and Oliver Herrera Perez (bowman); the French François Robert (pitman).




    On day four at 0800 UTC, Pier Luigi Loro Piana's Supermaxi My Song was leading on the water by 100 miles. Last night, navigator Nacho Postigo reported;

    "My Song is in 16 knots of wind from the north east and looking for a good moment to gybe." Nacho continued to comment this morning: "All is good on board; everything is under control. We finally hit the trades last night and started sailing in some waves and wind. We saw our first flying fish this morning and there's a good spirit and rhythm on board which is helped by great Italian food!"

    Race fans will have noticed that the YB tracker player on the official website is displaying the track of the monohull record run of Nomad IV in 2015. My Song can be seen to be right up on record pace.




    From on board Pier Luigi Loro Piana's Baltic 130 My Song - 'Looking for a good moment to gybe' © My Song

    In the IRC fleet, racing for the overall win for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy, Franco Niggeler's Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka3 was estimated to be in pole position. My Song was second and Trevor Middleton's British Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep, skippered by Jake Carter was going well in third. Black Sheep has now got into the breeze and will be relishing the prospect of fast downwind racing. Arto Linnervuo's Finnish Xp-44 Xtra-Staerk is just 13 miles behind Black Sheep and with a longer waterline length will be hoping to catch Black Sheep on the reach southwest. Benedikt Clauberg's First 47.7 Kali, skippered by Corinne Wirth is the most easterly yacht of the fleet and made good progress during the night.

    At 0800 UTC in the Class40 Division, Ari Kaensaekoski reported in from Sirius to say all is well on board despite falling 40 miles behind the latest generation of Class40s in the shape of Catherine Pourre's Eärendil, and Henrik Bergesen's Hydra.


    The leading Class 40s are engaged in a terrific battle, with the lead swapping on numerous occasions. Pip Hare reported in on day three from Hydra;

    "On the second day, Eärendil put in a good tactic to get seven miles ahead of us at Tenerife. As we came down the coast of El Hierro we had a terrific gybing duel and we managed to stay in a band of breeze to take the lead."

    As the two leading Class40s made headway into the trades, Eärendil regained the lead over Hydra, but the two Class 40s are still locked in their fascinating duel.
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    Maserati Regains The Lead


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    The leading multihulls are now approximately half way along the course in the RORC Transatlantic Race having already sailed 1700 miles. Conversely, the smaller boats have only covered between 500 and 600 miles and still have around 2500 miles to go. The chasing pack made up of Black Sheep, Sirius, Xtra Staerk and Kali are now firmly in the trade winds and all are making good speeds in a south-westerly direction.

    Having started from Marina Lanzarote at 1200 on Saturday 24th November, Giovanni Soldini’s Multi 70 Maserati and Peter Cunningham’s MOD 70 PowerPlay are currently travelling at over 20 knots and expected to reach Port Louis Marina in Grenada early on Saturday 1st December.

    At 0800 UTC, on day five of the race, Maserati had a slender lead over PowerPlay having opted for a route slightly further to the south. The two boats had split tacks in an effort to gain an advantage over the other. Maserati is currently winning the battle having the advantage of being on starboard gybe and therefore able to use their foil but the latest position report had them just 2.4 nautical miles closer to the finish than their arch rival.

    With a steady East-Northeast wind between 18 and 22 knots of speed, the Italian Team has to study the right moment to tack. Skipper Giovanni Soldini explains: "We will have to gybe on the shift and gain speed. During the night we gybed very effectively twice: we gained many miles towards South with a good angle, now we're sailing West following the rotation of the Trade Winds. PowerPlay made a different technical choice and last night they gybed towards South 4 hours after us."
    Yesterday afternoon, Maserati Multi 70 finally found the right conditions to rise above the water: "We are on starboard tack and for the first time we were able to fly well for a couple of hours," explains Giovanni Soldini. "Now there are steep two meters high waves which are not letting us fly well and we will have to slow down, but we can still stand up to PowerPlay. On port tack, without the flying rudder, we're suffering a little."



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    Giovanni Soldini reported yesterday afternoon: “The Ocean Match Race continues with PowerPlay. Today we were finally able to fly for a couple of hours but now the waves are too big and we need to slow down. Tonight we’re having pasta with garlic and oil – the ship’s stores are poor so we’ll have to get there fast!”


    Sunrise On My Song


    Around 500 miles astern of the two multis is Pier Luigi Loro Piana’s Baltic 130 My Song which is a mere 18 miles behind the current monohull record at this stage of the race. My Song is the new overall leader under IRC as Franco Niggeler’s Cookson 50 Kuka3 continues to head south towards the Azores, presumably with the aim of finding the strongest pressure. Trever Middleton’s Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep is following a similar course to Kuka3 and continues to hold a comfortable third place in IRC.

    The battle of the Class40s continues with Catherine Pourre's Eärendil edging further ahead of Henrik Bergesen's Hydra and currently holds a lead of around 16 miles.


    Things were looking good yesterday for Team Hydra as we sped south looking for those Atlantic good times. The brochure said, 20 knot winds, great waves, sun, dolphins and much much more. We had eventually capitulated the lead to Earendil who despite our efforts slowly pulled away from us over a number of hours. Hats off to Catherine and her team who are sailing three up versus our four.

    We were almost grateful when we lost sight of our arch rivals and settled into our own rhythm, focused on heading for the south to see if the bigger breeze may change our fortunes and put us back in touch again.

    Just when we were at our most vulnerable, 3 days out and starting to thing we were in control, the Atlantic rose up and reminded us of who was boss and one small mistake escalated to a bad day on water. It started with a tack line slipping and ended with one of our team in the water cutting shreds of spinnaker from around the rudders.

    Two hours later we had taken our medicine and Hydra was flying south again. It’s been a busy night with gusts in the mid twenties. Top boats speed has been 20.4 knots. On deck the plumes of spray sparkled silver in the moonlight which made them look very pretty before they slapped you in the face. Our eyes are red with salt water, foreheads are crusty with salt but we are smiling. Below decks the noise is a cacophony of swirling and slapping, amplified and in stereo but it doesn’t matter because when you fall onto that bean bag nothing will stop sleep from coming.

    Hydra has been down, but she is not out and there are over 2000 more miles to battle it out. Green is the new black!

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    Giovanni Soldini Looking Stressed

    PowerPlay has a 37 nm lead over Maserati as of this post, yet Giovanni Soldini is confident In his routing.




    MOCRA Leaderboard shows Power Play With Leverage And The Lead

    Giovanni Soldini tells from aboard: “We’re tired and soaking wet but happy, we are trying to make Maserati Multi 70 fly towards the finish line without letting PowerPlay get to us, they won’t give up. They kept the West route longer as usual, we are happy to defend the South.”

    Giovanni Soldini tells from aboard: “Everything is going well, there are 25 knots of wind. Now we both gybed South, we should have a good advantage over PowerPlay. We’re sailing with gennaker and full main, the moon shines on the waves and Maserati Multi 70 darts with wild accelerations between 25 and 33 knots of speed. It’s almost impossible to sleep – you should strap yourself into the bunk! – but we’re happy and determined, the finish line is close and we will do our best as always!”








    Line Honors Monohull Has My Song With a 367 NM Lead

    The Italian Supermaxi My Song, sailed by International Maxi Association member Pier Luigi Loro Piana, was 1,657 miles from the finish, just two hours behind course record pace and estimated to be leading the fleet after IRC time correction.




    Kuka 3 Took A Pit Stop


    Franco Niggeler's Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka3 was estimated to be in pole position for the overall win under IRC. However, Kuka3 developed an engine problem, believed to be an issue with the starter motor. Whilst engines cannot be used for propulsion, it generates electricity for essential systems on board.

    “We understand that Kuka3 made a short (approx. 4 hour) stop in the Cape Verdes to fix a problem with their engine,” commented RORC Deputy Race Manager, Tim Thubron. “They are allowed to do this under the rules of the race and on the assumption that they adhered to this (which we believe they did) it is unlikely that any penalty would be imposed. We will of course need to see the full facts on their declaration form before any final decision is made.”

    Kuka3 have resumed racing and on Day 6 1200 UTC, the team was making 14 knots with just over 2,000 miles to the finish -

    In the Class40 Division, Henrik Bergesen's Hydra has also reported a problem on board. Skipper Tristan Kinloch contacted the RORC Race Team on Thursday morning to say they have some rudder issues which are not serious. However, they are also heading to the Cape Verde Islands to try and resolve the problem, and expect to arrive in the Cape Verde Islands on Friday morning (29 November) and will send an update with any further information.
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    Neck And Neck At The Finish


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    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini 530 miles away from Grenada

    The Italian trimaran has 70 miles of advantage over PowerPlay

    Today at 08.00 UTC, Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini are about to enter the seventh day of RORC Transatlantic Race and are sailing with an East wind of 22-25 knots of speed, 530 miles away from the arrival. PowerPlay follows, 600 miles away from the finish line.

    Maserati Multi 70's arrival in Grenada is expected for the morning (UTC time) of Saturday December 1st.

    The Italian trimaran is travelling between 23 and 29 knots, and reaching 30 knots of speed as it skims down the waves. Giovanni Soldini says: "The swell is gentle and long and we're able to skim over the waves, even if we're sailing downwind with very wide angles!"

    "We're sailing with the gennaker and full main," explains the Italian skipper, "we will soon gybe and we should hit the layline to Grenada. PowerPlay is around 20 miles further South, but they will have to head even more south as well. They have been chasing us for days without giving an inch, it's going to be like this until the finish line!"

    "Sailing with PowerPlay is teaching us so much: after days of research we were able to find a setting for Maserati Multi 70, with which, in this wind, we can sail at the same angle as PowerPlay. Throughout the past day we were always amazed by their ability to sail so low and so fast."

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    Maserati wins RORC !

    Sailing w/o her stb rudder t-foil in a great race against PowerPlay Maserati won line honors last night-her second first in a row!
    Way to go Team Maserati!!

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    Maserati Accelerates To Win 2018 RORC TRansatlantic Race

    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini cross first the finish line of the 5th RORC Transatlantic Race



    The Italian Team arrive in 6 days, 18 hours, 54 minutes and 34 seconds

    PowerPlay arrives at 07.40 12" UTC



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    At 06.54 34" UTC (02.54 local time), Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70 cross first the finish line of the 5th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race in Grenada, Caribbean, with an elapsed time of 6 days, 18 hours, 54 minutes and 34 seconds. The Italian Team places first in Line Honours Multihull (first boat to cross the finish line in the multihull category) and second in the MOCRA class (which keeps in consideration the Time Corrector Factor, with a corrected time of 14 days, 23 hours, 32 minutes and 28 seconds). Their direct rival PowerPlay, Peter Cunningham's English MOD 70 skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, crossed the finish line at 07.40 12" UTC (with an elapsed time of 6 days, 19 hours, 40 minutes and 12 seconds, and a corrected time of 14 days, 20 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds).





    Aboard Maserati Multi 70, alongside skipper Giovanni Soldini, are 6 professional sailors: the Italian Guido Broggi (mainsail trimmer), Nico Malingri and Matteo Soldini (both grinder and trimmer); the Spanish Carlos Hernandez Robayna (trimmer) and Oliver Herrera Perez (bowman); the French François Robert (pitman).



    A few minutes after crossing the finish line, Giovanni Soldini commented: "It was a very close race: for days and days we sailed at close distance and we even crossed routes on sight for three times in the middle of the Atlantic. PowerPlay is a very strong team, they know the boat really well, it was a fantastic experience for us: we were able to carry out many tests, to enhance and improve the way we sail Maserati Multi 70. We learned so much in these days and we're very happy about this result. Really, a hard but exciting race!"


    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini cross first the finish line of the 5th RORC Transatlantic Race

    The Italian Team arrive in 6 days, 18 hours, 54 minutes and 34 seconds

    PowerPlay arrives at 07.40 12" UTC

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    Press Release n. 11 – December 1st, 2018
    RORC Transatlantic Race

    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini cross first the finish line of the 5th RORC Transatlantic Race
    The Italian Team arrive in 6 days, 18 hours, 54 minutes and 34 seconds
    PowerPlay arrives at 07.40 12” UTC

    At 06.54 34” UTC (02.54 local time), Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70 cross first the finish line of the 5th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race in Grenada, Caribbean, with an elapsed time of 6 days, 18 hours, 54 minutes and 34 seconds. The Italian Team places first in Line Honours Multihull (first boat to cross the finish line in the multihull category) and second in the MOCRA class (which keeps in consideration the Time Corrector Factor, with a corrected time of 14 days, 23 hours, 32 minutes and 28 seconds). Their direct rival PowerPlay, Peter Cunningham’s English MOD 70 skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, crossed the finish line at 07.40 12” UTC (with an elapsed time of 6 days, 19 hours, 40 minutes and 12 seconds, and a corrected time of 14 days, 20 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds).

    Aboard Maserati Multi 70, alongside skipper Giovanni Soldini, are 6 professional sailors: the Italian Guido Broggi (mainsail trimmer), Nico Malingri and Matteo Soldini (both grinder and trimmer); the Spanish Carlos Hernandez Robayna (trimmer) and Oliver Herrera Perez (bowman); the French François Robert (pitman).

    A few minutes after crossing the finish line, Giovanni Soldini commented: “It was a very close race: for days and days we sailed at close distance and we even crossed routes on sight for three times in the middle of the Atlantic. PowerPlay is a very strong team, they know the boat really well, it was a fantastic experience for us: we were able to carry out many tests, to enhance and improve the way we sail Maserati Multi 70. We learned so much in these days and we’re very happy about this result. Really, a hard but exciting race!”

    Since the start of the regatta, Maserati Multi 70 sailed in asymmetric asset – with a flying T-shaped rudder on the port hull and a classic MOD rudder on the starboard hull – because during the delivery to Lanzarote, the Italian trimaran lost its right-side T-shaped rudder’s blade.

    Giovanni Soldini and his crew started the race from Lanzarote, Canary Islands, on Saturday November 24th at 12.00 UTC, aligned on the starting line alongside PowerPlay and 8 other Teams, with a SW wind of 9 knots of speed. Since the first day of the race, Maserati Multi 70 and PowerPlay battled in a fierce duel: for the first 36 hours there were never more than 3 miles between the two multihulls.

    Three hours after the start, Maserati Multi 70 suffered damage aboard: while lowering the starboard foil, the adjustment system’s rope broke the top part of the horse, on which it leverages. The Team got to work right away and solved the problem with a new lamination.

    During the night between Sunday and Monday, Maserati Multi 70 set course to South, to exit the area of high pressure with little wind. PowerPlay is able to sail faster with light winds: they gybed later and gained a few miles of advantage. From that moment the two Teams chose different strategies: PowerPlay kept its
    West route longer, while Maserati Multi 70 headed further South. Moving away from the centre of the area
    of high pressure, the Italian trimaran was able to reach the rising wind faster.

    On Monday November 26th, the Italian Team finally reached the Trade Winds, but they had to slow down
    for a problem aboard: a bilge pump’s drain pipe detached and the trimaran took on a ton of water. A few
    hours later the problem was solved and the crew sets off again downwind sailing between 25 and 29 knots.


    The ocean match race continued between the two trimarans, who went on crossing their courses with a
    few miles of distance between each other. During the night between Tuesday and Wednesday, the Italian
    Team, after a few right gybes, gained many miles towards South. Maserati Multi 70 continued on its gallop
    towards Grenada, with the gennaker and full main and gybing on the Trade Winds’ shift, and, on Tuesday
    evening, Giovanni Soldini and his crew reached a 50 miles advantage over PowerPlay where their routes
    crossed.

    On Friday, the two multihulls started running on the homestretch to the finish line: Maserati Multi 70,
    sailing almost on a direct route to Grenada, and PowerPlay, 70 miles further North, travelling head-to-head.
    Approaching Grenada, PowerPlay found an unexpected wind in its favour: the wind shifted 20 degrees
    further North, so they were able to sail on a more direct route to the finish line and they gained many
    miles.

    The race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, now at its 5th edition, started from Lanzarote, Canary
    Islands, on Saturday November 24th, at 12.00 UTC, and finishes in Grenada, Caribbean, 2995 miles across
    the Atlantic Ocean.

    Maserati Multi 70 will now go into the shipyard, to get ready for the next appointment: the RORC 600
    Caribbean in February 2019.

    The challenge is supported by Maserati, the main sponsor that gives the name to the trimaran and Aon as
    co-sponsor, along with the official supplier for the clothing, Ermenegildo Zegna.
    A special thanks also to Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A. and Garmin Marine.
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    My Song Establishes New Monohull Course Record



    Piana, whose Baltic 130 My Song has also set a new monohull race record © RORC/Arthur Daniel

    Pier Luigi Loro Piana's Supermaxi My Song finished the 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race on Tuesday 04 December 2018 at 17:47:11 UTC taking Monohull Line Honours. The Baltic 130 owned by Pier Luigi Loro Piana, a member of the International Maxi Association (IMA), has also set a new Monohull Race Record after completing the 3,000 mile race between Lanzarote and Grenada in an elapsed time of 10 days 5 hrs 47 mins 11 secs, shaving 1hr 19mins 48 secs off the previous monohull race record set in the 2015 race by Jean-Paul Riviere's French Finot-Conq 100, Nomad IV.

    It was a champagne moment for My Song's team once alongside the dock at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis as they were greeted by marina staff and well-wishers. Nikoyan Roberts, Manager of Nautical Development for the Grenada Tourism Authority presented Pier Luigi Loro Piana with a basket of Grenadian goods, including chocolate, local spices and condiments.




    "I feel very happy to come to Grenada, but it is too close to Lanzarote! We were enjoying crossing the Atlantic so much and racing My Song at 20 knots was amazing. I am very happy," commented Pier Luigi Loro Piana. "A little bit of rain at the end was fine, but we hope Grenada will show us some more sunshine." Pier Luigi had a message for his fellow members of the International Maxi Association: "They have to continue cruising and racing if they want to enjoy sailing."

    "I'm tasting the Caribbean right now!" smiled Nacho Postigo, sipping an ice cold beer courtesy of Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. "The conditions for the RORC Transatlantic Race were the best I have ever had. Almost every day we had very few squalls, and at night we had brilliant stars, so it was fantastic. After getting through the pressure ridge at the start, the wind was between 16-22 knots, which is perfect and really pleasant. The main objective for us was to safely get the boat to the Caribbean. After the first few days, we were 240 miles behind the record, so we just forgot about it. Then slowly we were cutting it down and in the last three days, every half an hour someone was coming to the chart table wanting to know if we were on record pace. Personally, I love coming to Grenada; the atmosphere of the island, the fantastic sailing, but especially the people who are super, super nice."

    My Song Crew for the RORC Transatlantic Race were: Pier Luigi Loro Piana, Giacomo Loro Piana, Luca Albarelli, Jaime Arbones, Andrea Balzarini, Gerri Baracchi, Giorgio Benussi, Alberto Bolzan, Ambrogio Francesco Maria Cremona Ratti, Gaetano Figlia di Granara, Andrea Forlani, Flavio Grassi, Cristian Griggio, Jose Ignacio Braquehais, Giorgio Peretti, Jacopo Piazzolla, Ignacio Postigo, Nicola Simoncelli, Vittorio Zaoli, Gabriele Zoppi.
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