“At 8:58 local time (18:58 UTC; 20:58 Italian time) on Thursday 6 July Giovanni Soldini and the crew of Maserati Multi70 crossed the finish line of the 52nd edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) in second position behind to the Mod70 Orion, skippered by Justin Shaffer, who took the Line Honors, finishing the race at 2:48 local time, with a time of 4 days 17 hours 48 minutes and a 6 hours lead”. The staff of the Milanese navigator made it known in a note.
The team on board with Soldini, made up of Guido Broggi (Ita), Oliver Herrera Perez (Esp), Francesco Malingri (Ita), Francesco Pedol (Ita), Matteo Soldini (Ita) and Lucas Valenza-Troubat (Fra), had left from Los Angeles on Saturday 1 July at 11:55 local time (18:55 Utc; 20:55 Italian time), and after traveling 2324 miles in the Pacific Ocean, he completed the test in 4 days, 23 hours, 55 seconds. Argo, the third competitor in the Mod70 class, skippered by Jason Carroll and navigator Brian Thompson, retired a few hours from the start due to an engine failure which forced the team to return to Los Angeles.
The regatta was particularly demanding for Maserati Multi70 who could not count on racing sails and flying appendages. A customs problem had in fact delayed the arrival of the support container on which the sports equipment traveled, forcing the trimaran to do without the flying trim.
“It was a difficult race for us” comments Giovanni Soldini upon arrival: “We started with a bit of a handicap especially on the sails, because we had sails from 2019 that had a thousand adventures and the racing sails remained in the container together to foils. A pity because apart from the first phase of the regatta in which there was little wind, then there were really super stable flight conditions”.
After a light wind start, the trimarans had to cross a large area of extremely variable winds. Orion was the first to hook up with the trade winds and encountered the conditions favorable for increasing the gap: “We mainly collided with Orion which proved to be a very fast and sharp boat. In the initial phase of the regatta we were in more difficulty due to sheer speed which allowed the adversaries to gain a margin of advantage which was greatly amplified entering the trade winds. On these boats 1 or 2 knots make a huge difference in terms of performance and therefore from 12 miles the gap immediately became 30. Then a very strange thing happened: the whole fleet was sailing on course 270 with a wind of about 60 degrees and Orion, perhaps along a trail of thunderstorms, for one day sailed course 250 with a wind of 20 – 30 degrees and average speeds of 28/29 knots in a different wind and all its own. That made all the difference and left us in pursuit. Congratulations to the opponents who had a splendid race, they have always been very fast and they have never done anything wrong and there was no history. And kudos to my super crew too. Let’s hope the next one goes better.”