GIOVANNI SOLDINI AND MASERATI: North Atlantic records

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ATTESA A NEW YORK

14 apr 2012

 

 

 

 

The Italian skipper on his modified VO70 and record program

Mari Cha IV’s nine year old monohull record for the west to east crossing of the North Atlantic came under threat earlier this month when Giovanni Soldini’s modified VO70 Maserati was at one point 200 miles ahead of the pace of Robert Miller’s mighty 140ft schooner. Unfortunately Maserati’s attempt came acropper when the weather failed to materialise mid-Atlantic. “When we started all the weather models showed that in the back of the cold front there was plenty of northwest wind, but when we arrived there the reality was that on the back of the front was a ridge of high pressure,” Soldini admitted to us. “We were working with meteo people and we tried to pass the ridge to the north and it was still possible to break the record even with the ridge, but the problem was we went very far north and then we caught the northwesterlies but they were only 8-9 knots. The boat speed was around 10 knots but then the pressure, instead of going down, suddenly started to go up again and the wind went down a little bit…” This was despite no shortage of input on the weather and routing from experts ashore, Soldini working as usual with Pierre Lasnier in France, but also Ken Campbell from Commander’s Weather in the USA and a new company in Belgium that runs models and routing, providing percentage chances of outcomes occurring. “It was very interesting with the ridge – that night he [the Belgum router] ran the 170 models and he said you have a 49% of a chance. And it was true. I was feeling that we were 30 miles away from the good wind. But no luck. We ended up at 57degN!” Soldini’s initial plan with the former Ericsson 3 VO70 was to compete in the present

 

 

Ormeggiata al North Cove Marina di New York, polo di attrazione per i passanti del Financial District, Maserati è pronta a partire per il record NY-Cape Lizard. Ma le condizioni meteo per il momento sfavorevoli impongono una sosta prolungata.
Giovanni e l’equipaggio, insieme a un team di meteorologi, seguono l’evolversi della situazione, pronti a salpare da un giorno all’altro qualora si presenti una buona occasione.

Spiega Giovanni: “La situazione meteo di questo periodo è particolarmente complicata. Il NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ha dichiarato che i primi tre mesi del 2012 sono stati i più caldi da quando gli americani hanno cominciato a registrare la temperatura terrestre. Un inverno decisamente anomalo, con la siccità in nord Italia, un’alta pressione sull’Inghilterra in pieno inverno per quattro settimane, e il caldo eccezionale negli Stati Uniti. Insomma, tutto il sistema è molto instabile e finora in nord Atlantico sono mancate quelle condizioni tipiche di questa stagione che ci permetterebbero di tentare il record. Finora abbiamo avuto solo un paio di basse pressioni che sembravano quelle giuste ma che alla fine si sono rivelate inadatte. In questi giorni sta arrivando la primavera e speriamo che le condizioni si stabilizzino. Non vediamo l’ora di partire ma sappiamo che ci vuole pazienza. Del resto Mary Cha IV ha aspettato ben 4 mesi a New York prima di salpare”.

Il record New York-Cape Lizard (UK) è attualmente detenuto dal monoscafo Mary Cha IV di Robert Miller, un maxi schooner di 42 metri, che nel 2003 ha percorso le 2925 miglia del record in 6 giorni, 17 ore, 52 minuti, 39 secondi, a 18,5 nodi di media.

GIOVANNI SOLDINI AND MASERATI: CHALLENGING TIME

05 oct 2011

FIAT chairman John Elkann and the president of the Yacht Club Italiano Carlo Croce are today presenting Giovanni Soldini and Maserati’s ambitious new race against time. Three important North Atlantic records that Soldini and a crew of nine will attempt to break in 2012 aboard Maserati: Cadiz-San Salvador (Bahamas); Miami-New York; New York-Lizard Point (UK), all ocean courses monitored by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, the international body certifying the record times on the historic clipper routes.

The challenge is being supported by Maserati, the principal partner whose name has been given to the boat, the Swiss bank BSI (Generali Group) and by Generali itself as co-sponsor. Maserati will be flying the pennant of the Yacht Club Italiano, the oldest Mediterranean sailing club, founded at Genoa in 1879. Official suppliers to the challenge are Vodafone Italia and Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A. with Bulgari as the Official Time Keeper.

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