Maserati sets Cadiz-Salvador reference time

Giovanni Soldini and his all-star cast set the bar

Monday February 13th 2012, Author: Meaghan van Liew, Location: Bahamas, The

Giovanni Soldini and his crew on the VO70 Maserati crossed the finish line at San Salvador this morning at 10 59' 10'' GMT to establish a reference monohull record time of 10 days, 23 hours, 9 minutes and 2 seconds for the 3884 mile passage across the Atlantic from Cadiz, Spain. On the crossing they travelled 4632 miles at an average speed of 17.6 knots.

"I'm extremely pleased," declared Soldini immediately after crossing the finish line. "We've established an excellent time reference, which will be very difficult to beat. The only fly in the ointment was the last night, which was really rough. We had a technical problem with the hydraulic system for the keel, which doesn't move any more. We were all awake, and sailed with a fixed, central keel, but obviously it slowed us down. In any case, we couldn't have hoped for a better result. We were spot on with all our choices regarding the weather, and I'm really pleased with how the boat and the crew performed."

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