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Maserati skipper Soldini prepped for new ocean challenge

Crew to compete in historic Cape2Rio race from Jan 4

03 January, 17:39
Maserati skipper Soldini prepped for new ocean challenge (ANSA) - Rome, January 3 - Italian skipper Giovanni Soldini and his Maserati team were prepped for a new ocean challenge on Friday, a day ahead of the launch of the Cape2Rio crewed race from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro.

The 70-ft VOR70 Maserati is one of 37 yachts to be taking part in the 3,300-nautical-mile dash across the southern Atlantic, which casts off on January 4. Soldini and his crew face this latest challenge strong on their success in the difficult Gold Rush Route between New York and San Francisco in 2013. Team members include Italians Guido Broggi, Corrado Rossignoli and Michele Sighel, Boris Herrmann from Germany, Carlos Hernandez from Spain, Gwen Riou and Jacques Vincent from France, Martin Kirketerp Ibsen from Denmark and Pierre Casiraghi from Monaco, on his first outing with the yacht.

The crew were expecting a difficult first few days with a north-northwesterly wind followed by the arrival of a cold front and winds of up to 50 knots. "In any event we are very geared up," said Soldini.

"The crew and the boat are in perfect condition. We can't wait to get going". The record for the Cape2Rio race is currently held by the 74-ft Zephyrus IV, which in 2000 completed the crossing in 12 days, 16 hours and 49 minutes.

From May the Maserati boat and crew will be on stand-by in New York for a second attempt on the ambitious North Atlantic Speed Sailing Record from New York to Lizard Point.