Transpacific, Maserati and Soldini cross the finish line in second position

At 8:58 local time in Homolulu (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 Orion, with skipper Justin Shaffer, who took the Line Honors, finishing the race by 6 hours. Soldini’s team left Los Angeles on Saturday 1st July and after covering 2,324 miles in the Pacific Ocean, finished the test in 4 days, 23 hours, 55 seconds. Argo, the third competitor in the MOD70 class withdrew a few hours before the start due to an engine failure which forced the team to return to Los Angeles.

The customs problem

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”.

Compliments to opponents

After a light wind start, the trimarans had to cross a large area of ​​extremely variable winds. Orion hooked the trade winds first and met the conditions favorable to increase the gap. “A very strange thing happened – said Soldini – the whole fleet sailed on course 270 with a wind of about 60 degrees and Orion, perhaps along a trail of storms, sailed for a day on course 250 with a wind of 20 – 30 degrees and average speeds of 28/29 knots in a different wind all her 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 it goes better next time!”