Maserati & Soldini: Ocean Speed Racing Yacht Team
For the 2015 season, Maserati and Giovanni Soldini are working together on a new program that will be well worth watching. The ambitious and intense plans call for taking the VOR70 around the globe, joining in on some of the most prestigious regattas out there. The team will also be getting in on some new ocean record attempts, keeping things interesting.
Heading up the team is Giovanni Soldini. The skipper was born in 1966 and has been sailing since the time he was young, making him a shoe-in for the challenging job. His ocean racing experience extends over a 20 year-plus span. Among his impressive races are two single-handed round the worlds, with one second-place finish and one victory; six Ostars, including two victories for the 50-foot and 40-foot classes; six Quebec-Saint Malos, picking up a victory for the mono-hull category; three Jacques Vabres, including a top finish in the 40-foot class; and over 40 ocean crossings.
The rest of the Maserati & Soldini team is equally as impressive. First bowman Corrado Rossignoli has considerable experience as a bowman in every leading offshore race in the world. Guido Broggi, the boat captain, has logged thousands of miles of ocean sailing, making him a valuable asset as well. The second bowman, Oliver Herrera Perez, also boasts quite the resume that includes the launch of his career at age 9. Among his many accomplishments are first place finishes in the J80 Spanish Championship for 2007, 2010 and 2012.
The team will be aboard the Maserati VOR70, which is an impressive 70-foot carbon fiber mono-hull racing yacht. Its total weight comes in at 12.3 tons and the max keel angle is 40 degrees. The beam measures 18 feet 7 inches and the draft is 14 feet 9 inches. Mast height for the Maserati VOR70 is 103 feet 6 inches. The spinnaker is massive at 5,382 square feet, while the headsail measures 1,938 square feet and the mainsail is 574 square feet.
The boat’s seen some action as well, proving itself by participating in a round-the-world race back in 2008 to 2009. In fact, Maserati says the VOR70 is the fastest distance mono-hull sailboat class that has ever been created. Proving that to be true is the fact that the boat has set all major distance records in its class, proving itself to be a force that should not be underestimated. With the highly capable crew on board this highly capable ship, new records should be set in the near future.
The only way to match the stellar boat and crew is an equally exciting season for 2015, which is exactly what’s in store. Coming up in May, the team is going to attempt to break the San Francisco-Shanghai record, which is a 7,000-mile route through the Pacific Ocean. The record currently is held by Swordfish under the command of Captain Charles Collins. In 1853 the ship made the trek in a mere 32 days and 9 hours, surpassing the previous record by a full 2 days.
Another exciting highlight for 2015 involves the team participating in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race. The grueling 628-nautical mile race takes place in a rough environment, separating the elite teams from the rest. It’s such an exciting event that some of the top boats from around the world compete for the revered trophy, making it an especially intriguing race for Maserati & Soldini to be jumping into. Currently, the record for the race is one day, 18 hours, 23 seconds and 12 hundredths of a second. The Australian yacht Wild Oats XI, which is owned by Bob Oatley, is the champion and the one to beat for 2015.