Maserati, it’s a record at Cape2Rio: 3,300 miles in 10 days and 11 hours

soldini-maseratiAt 11:29 p.m. GMT on Jan. 14 (h 21:29 local and h 00:29 Italian on Jan. 15) Maserati crossed the finish line of the 14th Cape2Rio, taking the victory and setting a new speed record for the race. A feat that from the start seemed to be comfortably within the reach of VOR 70, which did not disappoint expectations.


Giovanni Soldini and the Maserati team completed the 3,300-mile course between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro in 10 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes, 57 seconds. The previous record belonged to Zephyrus IV, a 74-foot American maxi that completed the course in 12 days, 16 hours and 49 minutes in 2000. It was a tough race, where a death also escaped: 47-year-old Angolan Joao Bartolomeu, aboard the Bavaria 55 Bille, who disappeared in the stormy waters.

On board with Giovanni Soldini is a nine-person international team: Italians Guido Broggi, Corrado Rossignoli and Michele Sighel; German Boris Herrmann; Spaniard Carlos Hernandez; Frenchmen Jacques Vincent and Gwen Riou; Dane Martin Kirketerp Ibsen; and for the first time, Monegasque Pierre Casiraghi.



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