Drubbing for Maserati and Soldini in the Atlantic: a tactical error paid dearly

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4750-copySoldini and Maserati took a beating from Phaedo 3 this time. The Americans, who had become an easy target of criticism after their “blunder” in the Rolex Middle Sea Race (where they went to Linosa believing it was Lampedusa, leaving the easy victory to Maserati) got “revenge” in the RORC Transatlantic Race, which they won outright against Soldini’s Multi70 (over 19 hours ahead).

After yesterday’s arrival in Grenada at 20h 54′ 23″ GMT (local time 16.54), Maserati Multi70 skipper Giovanni Soldini made his first reflections on the RORC Transatlantic Race, which started on Saturday, November 26 at 12:10 GMT from Lanzarote and finished for the Italian Team with a time of 7 days, 8 hours, 44 minutes and 23 seconds.

“It was a beautiful race, although it would have been more interesting to stay in contact with Phaedo3 to check each other’s speed in different situations, but on the first night we made different tactical choices without having the position of their boat from the AIS (Automatic Identification System). It seemed less risky for us to pass north upwind of Las Palmas so we would not end up in the island’s shadow cone, but we ended up in an area with less wind and had a very hard time passing it. Our American friends to the south, on the other hand, went like lightning. Even the northern route, at that point obligatory for us, turned out to be worse than the southern route.”

The balance of Maserati Multi70’s RORC Transatlantic Race is in any case positive as a test for ocean flight. Continued Soldini: “The trade wind conditions that form coming here with high pressure and not too rough seas are ideal for flying a boat like ours: we have averaged 24 knots, touched peaks of 40, and had a sensational day always above 30 knots. We are very happy with everything we have figured out about flying in the ocean with an L-shaped foil. We have found ways to use it both when there is too much wind and too much wave, and in more variable conditions where it is possible to fly. We are very happy with all the work we have done and all the optimizations we have found, and we could start as early as tomorrow.”

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