Skip to main content

Soldini Seeks to Break New York-San Francisco Record

Italian skipper Giovanni Soldini and his crew of eight kicked off the New Year sailing aboard the VOR70 Maserati at 30 knots after departing from North Cove in Manhattan on Monday, December 31, to challenge the New York to San Francisco record.

Italian skipper Giovanni Soldini and his crew of eight kicked off the New Year sailing aboard the VOR70 Maserati at 30 knots after departing from North Cove in Manhattan on Monday, December 31, to challenge the New York to San Francisco record.

Maserati will sail the clipper ship route around Cape Horn, sailing a total of 13,225nm in hopes of crossing the finish line located between Pier 39 and Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.

To win the “Clipper Challenge Cup,” a cup established by the Manhattan Sailing Club, and shatter the current record for a monohull under 80 feet, Soldini must complete the passage in less than 57 days, 3 hours and 2 minutes, which was set in 1998 by Yves Parlier aboard Aquitaine Innovations.

Currently, Maserati has sailed approximately 930 miles, is traveling between 22 and 33 knots, and is on track to defeat Parlier’s record despite heavy winds.

“There are 4 [to] 5 meter-long waves that sometimes we have to follow at the expense of our direction… We are wet from head to toe. Outside it’s very tough. Weather conditions predict stronger sea and winds for the next hours, then they should decrease a little,” reported crewmember Michele Sighel.

The crew consists of American sailor Ryan Breymaier, Italian sailors Guido Broggi, Corrado Rossignoli and Michele Sighel, German sailor Boris Herrmann, Chinese sailor Jianghe Teng, Sebastien Audigane of France and Carlos Hernandez of Spain.

"We are focused on our challenge, we shift at the helm, we try to live the better we can inside the boat. Everything is soaking wet and we try our best to keep the water out with buckets and sponges. Our sleeping bags are wet, we hope to dry them in the next days. We keep our spirits high [and] the team is just great," said Soldini.

To follow Maserati’s progress, visit maserati.soldini.it

Images courtesy of Maserati/Bioern Kils

Related

Spons-Sailing-Convention-for-Women-CA-April-1-photo-1-2023-12_06_22

Sailing Convention for Women Returns

After a three-year pandemic hiatus, the Sailing Convention for Women is back with expanded learning opportunities taking place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona Del Mar, California on April 1, 2023. Some of the workshop topics include Suddenly Singlehanded, Steer with ...read more

thumbnail_Jump-1

The Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race Returns

It’s been four years since racers last sailed the cold North Atlantic in the venerable Marblehead-to-Halifax race—and finally, the wait is over. The Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron have announced the 39th Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race set for this ...read more

Wendy-2048px

Meet Wendy Mitman Clarke, Editor-in-Chief of SAIL magazine

Learn more about how she and the magazine’s team are committed to building on SAIL’s legacy of more than 50 years as an authentic voice about the sport and the sailing life, delivering stories that educate, inspire and inform. ...read more

maintenance-02

Cruising: Old Sailors Never Die

“Old sailors never die, they just get a little dinghy.” It may be a hoary old joke, but one of my problems at age 79 is I can no longer get easily in and out of a little dinghy, and neither can my (several years younger than me) wife. For this, and various other reasons I will ...read more

01-LEAD-DSC_0953

The Mighty Compass

Here’s to the humble magnetic compass, without a doubt the sailor’s most reliable instrument onboard. It’s always there for you and with the rarest of exceptions, always operational. Yes, I love my chartplotter, autopilot, radar, and AIS. They help me be a safer and more ...read more

02-En-route-Jost-Van-D

Chartering: Swan Song in the BVI

Joseph Conrad once wrote, “The sea never changes.” And while this may or not be true, something most definitely not open for debate is the fact we sailors, “wrapped in mystery,” as Conrad put it, are continually changing—whether we like it or not. I found myself thinking these ...read more

220307FP51_1JML0332

Boat Review: Fountaine-Pajot Aura 51

If you can sell more than 150 catamarans off-plan before the resin has even hit the fiberglass, you must be doing something right. Despite costing around $1.1 million once fitted out and on the water, Fountaine-Pajot’s new 51 has done just that. The French yard has been at it ...read more

00LEAD-IMG-9035

Ready to Fly a New Sail

It’s a typical humid, southern Chesapeake Bay summer day when I show up on the doorstep of Latell & Ailsworth Sailmakers in the one-stoplight, one-lane-roadway, rural tidewater town of Deltaville, Virginia. I’m late getting here to work on a new jib for my 29-foot, Bill ...read more