The World Sailing Speed Record Council has ratified the sailing record from Hong Kong to London set between 18 January and 23 February 2018 by the trimaran Maserati Multi 70. The skipper Giovanni Soldini and his crew (Guido Broggi, Sébastien Audigane, Oliver Herrera Perez and Alex Pella) took 36 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes and 12 seconds to complete the 12,948 miles of the theoretical course of the Tea Route, maintaining an average speed of 14.94 knots. According to the cartography, Maserati Multi 70 sailed 15,083 miles on the ground, at an average speed of 17.4 knots.
The previous record of 41 days, 21 hours and 26 minutes had been set between August and September 2008 by Lionel Lemonchois and a crew of nine people aboard the 100-foot maxi catamaran, Gitana 13, which had crossed the finish line after 15,312 miles sailed on the ground at an average speed of 15.23 knots.
Giovanni Soldini comments: ”We are very satisfied with the result. Even if at the end of the route in the North Atlantic he played some jokes on us, Neptune was on our side, Maserati Multi 70 and the crew delivered a good performance. Our record will not be easy to beat. ”
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.
A special thanks also to Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A. and Contship Italia Group.