The Italian Almanac

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Giovanni Soldini

A New Record

Milan-native Giovanni Soldini and the Maserati sailing team set a new record in the 14th Cap2Rio, the longest race between two continents in the southern hemisphere. The team reached the Brazilian coast setting the new record for speed by covering 3,300 nautical miles in 10 days, 11hours, 29 minutes, 57 seconds. Soldini managed to improve the US 74-footer Zephyrus IV's previous record of 12 days, 16h49' set in 2000 by almost two full days.

Soldini led a nine-man international crew: Italians Guido Broggi, Corrado Rossignoli and Michele Sighel; German Boris Herrmann; Spaniard Carlos Hernandez; French sailors Vincent and Gwen Riou; Dane Martin Kirketerp Ibsen; and, for the first time, Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco.

A brutal storm at sea marked the first night of the race and caused the death of one of the crew members of Angola's Bavaria 54 BILLE, 47-year-old Antonio Joao Bartolomeu.

After the awards ceremony, the Maserati team will be taken to a shipyard in St Petersburg, Florida, for maintenance work before attempting to beat the North Atlantic solo record from New York to Lizard Point.