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Cape2Rio: Maserati on course for new race record

Maserati heading towards a new race record in the Cape2Rio Race 2014. (Credit Maserati)

Maserati heading towards a new race record in the Cape2Rio Race 2014. (Credit Maserati)

Exactly 10 days after casting off from Cape Town (SA) at precisely 12 GMT on January 14th, Maserati is making a speed of 16 knots 180 miles from Rio de Janeiro and the finish-line of the Cape2Rio Yacht Race.

The current record for the longest race between two continents in the southern hemisphere (3,300 nautical miles) isheld by Zephyrus IV, a 74’ American maxi which covered the distance in 12 days, 16 hours and 49 minutes. To beat that time, Maserati has to get to Rio de Janeiro by 4.00 GMT on January 17th.

The weather forecast is for steady 15-knot winds until about 60 miles off Rio. After that, the breeze will be changeable and start dropping. Maserati looks set to sail across the finish-line at dawn on January 15th.

Her nearest rivals continue to lag well behind: the Australian 52’ Scarlet Runner is now 750 miles from Maserati, the only 70’ in the race, while the South African Open Explora is 900 miles from her stern.

Soldini is flanked by a nine-man international crew: Italians Guido Broggi, Corrado Rossignoli and Michele Sighel; German Boris Herrmann; Spaniard Carlos Hernandez; French sailors Vincent and Gwen Riou; Dane Martin Kirketerp Ibsen; and, for the first time, Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco.

Updates with video footage and still photographs from the boat and a chart showing Maserati’s
position can be found here and on the following social networks: Facebook (Giovanni Soldini Pagina Ufficiale, over 28.700 friends) and Twitter @giovannisoldini (over 122.000 followers).

By Barbara Sanicola


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