VIDEO. Soldini and Maserati: new season sees challenge to giants

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ApeMaserati2Who would have thought that Giovanni Soldini in his life had never participated in the Sidney Hobart? But it’s never too late: 2015 will be the year to include even this latest feather in the cap of the Italian ocean racer’s career, who will participate aboard the VOR 70 Maserati. But let’s go in order.

Let's face it-what does Pierre Casiraghi read on board in the off shifts?
Let’s face it-what does Pierre Casiraghi read on board in the off shifts?

This morning at the Yacht Club de Monaco, Maserati’s season was presented: present Fiat chairman and Maserati owner John Elkann, little prince Pierre Casiraghi and skipper Giovanni Soldini. The first regatta of the season, after two months of work during which The VOR 70 was disassembled and reassembled (“a 0-mile Maserati” jokes Soldini) will be the Rorc Carribean 600 race with John Elkann and Pierre Casiraghi also on board. On this occasion, Soldini’s crew will compete in Caribbean waters, with respectable hulls with which they will be real battle on the water: the Vor70 Monster Project, Ragamuffin 100 and the new Rumbler 88, the carbon monster.

From left, John Elkann, Pierre Casiraghi, Giovanni Soldini
From left, John Elkann, Pierre Casiraghi, Giovanni Soldini

Then Maserati’s crew will leave for San Francisco from where they will try to set a new record on the San Francisco-Shangai route, “My goal is to take 21 days,” declares Soldini. An approximately 7,000-mile sail that retraces the steps of the clippers of the 1800s (32 days and 9 hours is the record to beat, which has belonged to Swordfish since 1853). And finally the Sidney Hobart that Soldini has never done is that will allow the crew to compare themselves with other VOR 70s, now all from Australian owners: “It will be my first time at the Sidney Hobart. A mythical regatta that I miss: while sailing around the world in 1999 I met the fleet of what was probably one of the most tragic editions ever. Today Maserati’s project is not only to race around the world, but it is also a way to take big brands around the globe to conquer big markets. Starting this year, Unipol Sai Assicurazioni will also be with us. That is why the United States and China are mandatory stops for us.”

JOHN ELKANN: I WANT TO BEAT RAGAMUFFIN

PIERRE CASIRAGHI: AT THE RORC CARIBBEAN 600 THERE WILL BE HARD WORK TO BE DONE

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