RORC Caribbean 600 – Maserati Multi Giovanni Soldini and 70 at the start: change in plans, John Elkann will not be on board the trimaran
Everything is ready to Antigua for the start of the 12th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, and for the multihulls will start tomorrow at 11.30 local time (15.30 UTC, 16:30 Italian time) from Fort Charlotte, half an hour after a scheduled departure for the other classes.
Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70 will compete with 7 other multihulls, including their direct rivals in trim MOD, the American and English Argo PowerPlay. On board each sail two strong crews and experts: Brian Thompson and Franck Cammas will be on board the Argo, Loick Peyron on PowerPlay. In race three other trimarans – 80 feet Ultim’Emotion 2, the Shockwave 63 feet, and 60 feet Ineffable – and two catamarans – 53 feet and 78 feet Fujin Allegra.
The weather conditions for this edition of the race are not favorable: the models indicate an unstable trade wind, with little wind, especially for the first 12 hours of racing. Giovanni Soldini says: “Maserati Multi 70 with its flying foil gives the best of himself with winds of around 15 knots for which these conditions are not ideal, but we will sell our lives dearly as ever!”
Aboard Maserati Multi 70, Giovanni Soldini will be accompanied by an Italian-Spanish crew of seven sailors: Team recovering from the recent Cape2Rio, saw participation in the Atlantic crossing Guido Broggi (mainsail trimmer), Carlos Hernandez Robayna (tailer), Oliver Herrera Perez (bowman), Nico Malingri Soldini and Matteo (both grinder and tailer), just returned from the World Championships Nacra 17 in Australia. Unlike previously announced, John Elkann and Vittorio Bissaro will not be on board. In their place will participate in the regatta French Ronan Cointo as tactician.
The RORC Caribbean 600, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, is now one of the most anticipated offshore races of the year and attracts a large number of subscribers high level: for this edition will be present on the starting line a total of 74 boats from more than 20 different nations, divided into 8 categories.
The speed of the race record was set in 2019 by Giovanni Soldini aboard Maserati Multi 70 crossed the finish line with a time of 1 day, 6 hours and 49 minutes.
The route of the race, 600 miles long, includes a tour of 11 islands of the Lesser Antilles, in the Caribbean, including Barbuda, St. Barts, Guadeloupe and Saint Martin. The route is varied, provides many maneuvers and is characterized by winds and currents often change direction making the race particularly interesting and challenging.
The RORC Caribbean 600 is the first challenge of the Maserati Multi 70 with new mainsail who unveiled the world premiere of the MC20 logo, Maserati super sports car that will be presented in late May in Modena.
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