The Italian crew crosses the finish line in 2 days, 11 hours, 54 minutes and 58 seconds
Soldini: “Great race!”
Next appointment for Maserati Multi 70 in November with the RORC Transatlantic Race
Today at 22.54 58” local time (20.54 UTC), Maserati Multi 70 crossed in first place the finish line of the 39th Rolex Middle Sea Race, covering the 606 miles of the historical Maltese regatta in 2 days, 11 hours, 54 minutes and 58 seconds.
PowerPlay, its direct rival, arrived second in 2 days, 13 hours, 36 minutes and 48 seconds.
Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70 crossed the start line in the Grand Harbour in Malta on Saturday October 20th at 11.00 local time (09.00 UTC) with a 15 knots wind from North-East and headed right away towards Sicily.
After passing Capo Passero, during the tacking race with PowerPlay, Maserati Multi 70 had to face a damage to the main sheet’s hydraulic piston, which was solved right away by the crew.
Just an hour later, sailing close-hauled, the right-side rudder’s fitting broke.
“We immediately realized the seriousness of the situation”, explains Giovanni Soldini, “the rudder burst through sideways the aft part of its location.