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Sailing: Soldini sets new record in Cap2Rio with Maserati

Beats Zephyrus's for longest s. hemisphere intercontinental race

15 January, 16:59
Sailing: Soldini sets new record in Cap2Rio with Maserati (ANSA) - Rome, January 15 - Milan-native Giovanni Soldini and the Maserati sailing team set a new record Wednesday in the 14th Cap2Rio, the longest race between two continents in the southern hemisphere. The team reached the Brazilian coast at 00:29 Italian time, setting the new record for speed by covering 3,300 nautical miles in 10 days, 11hours, 29 minutes, 57 seconds.

Soldini managed to improve the US 74-footer Zephyrus IV's previous record of 12 days, 16h49' set in 2000 by almost two full days. Soldini led a nine-man international crew: Italians Guido Broggi, Corrado Rossignoli and Michele Sighel; German Boris Herrmann; Spaniard Carlos Hernandez; French sailors Vincent and Gwen Riou; Dane Martin Kirketerp Ibsen; and, for the first time, Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco.

A brutal storm at sea marked the first night of the race and caused the death of one of the crew members of Angola's Bavaria 54 BILLE, 47-year-old Antonio Joao Bartolomeu. After the awards ceremony, the Maserati team will be taken to a shipyard in St Petersburg, Florida, for maintenance work before attempting to beat the North Atlantic solo record from New York to Lizard Point.

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