Giovanni Soldini ready at the start of Caribbean Multihull Challenge
Everything is ready for tomorrow’s start of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge: at 9.00 local time (13.00 UTC, 14:00 Italian time) on Friday, February 14 Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Team Multi 70 will start from Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, for first of three tests that make up the race. Alongside the Italian team also they will start the American trimaran Argo, for the first time in trim steering wheel, and the trimaran of 63 feet Shockwave.
two possible routes have been designed for the testing of oceanic trimarans, one 60 and one 43 miles: the final route will be established the same day, according to weather conditions. If selected will be the longest path, the three competitors will sail around the island of St. Barth, before returning to the finish line, also in Simpson Bay. If the shortest route will be preferred, trimarans will return to the finish after sailing around the island of Fourchue, to the northwest of St. Barth.
Subsequent trials, 15 and 16 February, will have shorter routes: from Simpson Bay to Grand Case (in the French part of the island) and back.
The weather models indicate ideal conditions for the two flying trimaran during the three days of racing are scheduled trade winds from the east-north-east between 15 and 20 knots, which should allow Maserati Multi 70 and its competitor Argo to achieve excellent speed .
Maserati Multi 70
In this race, aboard Maserati Multi 70, the skipper Giovanni Soldini is supported by an Italian-Spanish crew: Italians Guido Broggi (mainsail trimmer), Nico Malingri and Matthew Soldini (both grinder and tailer), Gianluigi Ugolini (tactical) and Spaniards Willy Altadill (tailer), Carlos Hernandez Robayna (tailer) and Oliver Perez Herrera (bowman).
The crew of the Maserati Multi 70 is ready for the challenge: “Do not wait!” Says Giovanni Soldini. “On board the Argo there is a super crew and we are happy to deal with another flying trimaran with a foil system, it will be a great workout for the RORC Caribbean 600.”
The Caribbean Multihull Challenge, organized by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, is a three day event reserved for multihulls. This year, in its second edition, he has attracted a total of 20 members, divided into 5 categories.