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Fastnet Under A Day!

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  • Fastnet Under A Day!

    Giovanni and crew eclipsed PowerPlay's outright speed record around Fastnet Rock over the weekend,
    becoming the 1st vessel to ever make the prestigious romp in less than 24 hours!

    It's a record!
    We arrived in Plymouth at 19:14:11 GMT, conquering the record on the Fastnet Original Course: 23 hours, 51 minutes and 16 seconds, with an average speed of 24,94 knots!

    Our time was over an hour better than the previous record, 25 hours, 4 minutes and 18 seconds, set by PowerPlay just a month ago.

    The record is subject to the ratification by the World Sailing Speed Racing Council.

    This record, from the strategic and weather point of view, is surely the most challenging one between the three we set in the English Channel. Setting sail from Cowes, you sail to the Fastnet Rock before sailing back on the same route to Plymouth. The ideal situation would be having a complete change of weather once you get to the rock, while having the wind turn in phase with your time. It’s far from simple: for this reason I must thank meteorologist Pierre Lasnier, who has always supported me and who advises me in difficult decisions.

    The other keystone for this success was the right side rudder. For some time now, we’ve been working with the engineers from the Maserati Innovation Lab to try to improve the efficiency of the rudders, that always give us problems at high speeds. It’s also and especially thanks to the studies we did together on the kinematics that we made some changes to the rudder’s profile, as suggested by designer Guillaume Verdier: we tested the rudder for the first time during this record and we can say it passed the tests with flying colours!

    The first leg between the Solent and the Fastnet was very fast, we kept high average speeds very easily precisely because of the new rudder: it’s clearly in the first half of the route on port tack that we beat the record. Now we will definitively change both rudders and we can’t wait to keep working with the Maserati Innovation Lab to achieve even better results!

    Our record, of 23 hours, 51 minutes and 16 seconds, is pending the WSSRC’s ratification.
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