Multi 70

Faster than wind

Maserati Multi 70 was the first to cross the finish line of the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and Yacht Club de France. Skipper Giovanni Soldini sailed together with Vittorio Bissaro, Thomas Joffrin, Oliver Herrera Perez, Francesco Pedol and Matteo Soldini, in a breathtaking race across the Atlantic Ocean from Lanzarote to Grenada — for a total of 2.995 nautical miles — which saw the crew finishing with a real time of 6 days, 18 hours, 51 minutes and 41 seconds. At the end of the competition, the trimaran put in 3476.5 real miles with an average speed of 21,4 knots.

In second place, Peter Cunningham’s PowerPlay skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, which starred on board british sailors Giles Scott — tactician for Ineos Team UK in the America’s Cup and winner of two Olympic gold medals in the Finn class — and Miles Seddon — who set the record on this route with Phaedo3 in 2015. Jason Carroll’s Argo finished third on the line, skippered by Brian Thompson.

It was a breathtaking race! Our crew gave their all and Maserati Multi 70 really made the difference

Giovanni Soldini
© James Mitchell / RORC / Maserati

“I am very satisfied. The result of the work of these years is there for all to see. It has been a very long process of research and development: through records, round the world and competitions we have continued to look for solutions and the boat has gradually reached a maturity that allows it to fly stably and safely with a performance that is clearly superior – at least in these conditions – to that of its rivals who have been following the same path for years and use the latest generation of foils. The aerodynamic and kinetic progress made over the last year, thanks to the contribution of the Maserati Innovation Lab engineers and designer Guillaume Verdier, is evident”, Soldini rejoiced. 

© James Mitchell / RORC / Maserati

This year the regatta counted on the participation of 32 boats, from more than 22 countries. Maserati Multi 70 and its competitors set off on 8 January at 11:00 UTC / local time from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, in an easterly wind. For Giovanni Soldini and the entire team, the trans-oceanic race marked the beginning of a new season of great technical and sporting challenges and programs to safeguard the Oceans.

In conjunction with a competitive program that aims to bring to full maturity the potential of the multihull in ocean foiling, Giovanni Soldini joins the Ocean Literacy program, promoted by UNESCO through the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and aimed at increasing everyone’s awareness and knowledge about the sea.

The United Nations declared 2021/2030 the Decade of Marine Sciences for Sustainable Development: a call for mobilization addressed to the scientific community, governments, the private sector and civil society to put energy, research and technological innovation at the service of concrete results in protecting the health of the oceans.

In line with these objectives, in the spring the trimaran will also be transformed into an oceanographic laboratory, with the installation of a system capable of constantly analyzing the water in order to measure the amount of co2 present on the surface and make the data collected available to the scientific community.

© James Mitchell / RORC / Maserati

In parallel, the collaboration with Maserati, the main sponsor that not only gives its name to the boat, but also collaborates with Giovanni Soldini in the process of transferring technological know-how applied to the laboratory boat, continues. The engineers of the Maserati Innovation Lab, in collaboration with Soldini and his team, constantly analyze the data collected during the navigations in order to study and develop systems capable of optimizing the trimaran’s performance.

© James Mitchell / RORC / Maserati

Stretching 21.2 metres in length and 16.8 in the beam, Maserati Multi 70 sports a 29-metres rotating wing mast and displaces 6.3 tons. Designed by Van Peteghem Lauriot-Prévost (VPLP) and a former member of the Team Gitana racing stable, the boat has been optimised several times by the aforementioned French designer Guillaume Verdier in order to face any new challenge.

2018 starts with the Tea Route’s record from Hong Kong to London: Giovanni Soldini sets the new record time to 36 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes and 12 seconds. In October of the same year, Maserati Multi 70 crossed first the finish line of the Rolex Middle Sea Race and, in November, won the RORC Transatlantic Race.

In 2019, the Italian trimaran’s racing season started with the RORC Caribbean 600 Race, in February, in which the boat scored the first position in the Line Honours Multihull class. One year later it won the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Last year Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini crossed the finish line of the Fastnet original course on May 8t, at 19:14:11 GMT, conquering a new record: 595 miles from Cowes to Plymouth in 23 hours, 51 minutes and 16 seconds, with an average speed of 24,94 knots saving almost 2 hours from the previous time. Moreover, in 2021, the crew fixed the Monaco to Saint-Tropez, the Monaco to Porto Cervo and the Plymouth to La Rochelle’s sailing records.

Monaco to Porto Cervo © Marcello Chiodino

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