Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s crew battle on…

Maserati Multi 70 lost a rudder following a collision with a floating object

Giovanni Soldini and the trimaran’s crew has to wait for better conditions to change the missing piece

“Unfortunately we hit something at 20 knots of speed and we lost the rudder under the right hull”, explains Giovanni Soldini, skipper of Maserati Multi 70. “Luckily we have got one spare with us and it seems there are not too much collateral damage”.

Soldini continues: “Sunday morning we heard a great blow and we immediately realized that the rudder had broken. We got organized to remove the carbon axis that broke just at the exit of the hull, but the remaining piece came out dangerously and went sideways. Fortunately it seems that it did not cause any serious damage. Once the axis was removed, we resumed on our route, without a rudder, heading to 230°, towards the center of the high pressure in front of us that will slow us down in the next 24, 36 hours. We will take advantage of these favourable weather conditions to install the new rudder. Then we will head full speed towards Cape Town”.

The incident occurred on Sunday morning, at the beginning of the tenth day of navigation. Maserati Multi 70 is located in the Indian Ocean about 3,000 miles from the Cape of Good Hope. Despite the damage, Giovanni Soldini and his crew (Guido Broggi, Sébastien Audigane, Oliver Herrera Perez and Alex Pella) continue to sail fast in the trade winds (around 25 knots average speed), 587 miles ahead of the record to beat.

Left Hong Kong last January 18th, to beat the record set in 2008 by Lionel Lemonchois on board the 100 footer maxi catamaran Gitana 13 (41 days, 21 hours and 26 minutes), the 21.20 meters trimaran Maserati Multi 70 must complete the 13000 nautical miles route and cut the finish line under the Queen Elizabeth II bridge over the River Thames before 1 March.

Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s managed to change the rudder

Winds over 40 knots are expected in the next few days

Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s crew have successfully completed the replacement of the starboard rudder which broke yesterday morning following a collision with an unidentified floating object. To be able to carry out this hard operation, they had to enter a zone of high pressure with little wind and a calm sea.

“The assembly of the spare rudder went well”, explains Giovanni Soldini. “We managed to install it on the first try and we didn’t lost much time. Maserati Multi 70 is back at 100% and we are happy. Now, we are on our way to Cape Town”.

In the coming days, the crew expects to face tough weather conditions. Soldini explains: “For the day 2ndof February we are waiting for the passage of a cold front associated with a depression that could be violent, with winds of 40 knots and more. We will try to position ourselves in the best possible way to take favorable winds but not too strong”.

At today’s ranking (13.32 UTC), beginning of the twelfth day of navigation, Maserati is about 2000 miles east of Cape of Good Hope.

Started from Hong Kong on last January 18th, the trimaran Maserati Multi 70 must cut the finish line under the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge over the River Thames before 1 March.

To follow the challenge live, visit the cartography on maserati.soldini.it/cartography/

The challenge is supported by Maserati, the main sponsor that gives the name to the trimaran and Aon as co-sponsor, along with the official supplier for the clothing, Ermenegildo Zegna.


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