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Maserati loses stb rudder foil AGAIN!!!!

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  • Maserati loses stb rudder foil AGAIN!!!!

    On delivery to the start of the RORC Transatlantic race she hit something that took out the stb rudder blade and foil. This -or something similar- has happened in every single race she has started since Giovanni Soldini got the boat! Amazing and terribly unfortunate for Team Maserati!
    The Team says they can't fly on port tack w/o the stb rudder foil........

    November 21, 2018
    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini arrived late on Monday night in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, from where the 5th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, will start on Saturday November 24th, 2018: approximately 2995 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Grenada, Caribbean.

    During the delivery, right before reaching the Strait of Gibraltar, the Italian trimaran lost its starboard rudder’s blade. “It happened on Sunday night,” explains skipper Giovanni Soldini. “We probably bumped into some sort of big net or fishing gear. The fuse system unhooked, as was expected, but the rudder’s blade got tangled and it was strongly pulled downwards, breaking its blocks and slipping out of the fitting”.

    The rudder’s fuse system, assembled aboard Maserati Multi 70 during the summer, was designed to limit the damages in case of violent shock with floating objects, letting the rudder’s blade rise above the water. In this case, because it got tangled, the blade couldn’t get out of the water, but the fuse system was able to save the bushes, the tubes and the fitting.

    The Italian Team is already working to solve the problem: the T-shaped lost rudder will be replaced with a classic MOD rudder, so the trimaran will be able to sail, but it won’t be able to fly port tack.

    Soldini comments: “It’s clearly not the ideal condition, but we’re fit and determined: we will do our best as usual and we will fight tooth and nail!”

    On the starting line, alongside Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini’s crew, will be the direct rival PowerPlay, the English MOD 70 skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, which was already challenged by the Italian trimaran in October during the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

    The two trimarans, as well as competing with each other, will have to challenge the race’s speed record for multihulls, which belongs to Lloyd Thornburg. Aboard the American trimaran Phaedo3, he crossed the finish line in 5 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes and 3 seconds in 2015.

    In this edition of the transoceanic race, in addition to the two MOD 70s, there will be 8 more teams: the Class 40s EƤrendil, Hydra e Sirius, the First 47.7 Kali, the Cookson 50 Kuka 3, the Baltic 130 My Song, the Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep and the XP 44 Xtra Staerk.

  • #2
    Maserati Half-Foiler

    Despite the rudder loss she is leading the RORC race by 1.8 miles over Power Play as of 2:13 eastern.
    Go Maserati!


    • #3
      More Damage on Maserati Today(!)

      Maserati has been slowed due to damage to the ama lifting foil retract/deploy system on the stb. side. So they have lost both the stb rudder T-foil and the stb ama lifting foil.
      The Team thinks they can repair the system and are "waiting for the resin to dry".......


      • #4
        Maserati is maintaining a two mile lead in the RORC race over Powerplay.....
        From Team Maserati:
        November 25, 2018
        Just under 24 hours after the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race, begun yesterday at 12.00 UTC, Maserati Multi 70 continues sailing in first position, at 2635 miles from the arrival.

        The first day was very intense for Giovanni Soldini and his crew: Maserati Multi 70 and PowerPlay, the English MOD 70 skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, were never more than 3 miles away from each other, always sailing upwind.

        During the morning today, the close distance duel between the two competing multihulls continues: Maserati Multi 70 is responding very well to the light air conditions, with which PowerPlay, lighter and with less wet surface, is normally advantaged. Continuing towards the finish line, the wind will turn North and the boats will reach the Trade Winds, with which Maserati Multi 70 will be able to express its full potential.