Giovanni Soldini and his crew (Guido Broggi, Sébastien Audigane, Oliver Herrera Perez and Alex Pellaon) on the MOD70 trimaran Maserati beat the record from Hong Kong to London (the Tea Route), setting a new time of 36:02:37:12 (12948 nm at an average speed of 14.94 kn).
The team started from Hong Kong on January 18 and passed under the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge on February 23 to complete the Tea Route course and beat the record set in 2008 by Lionel Lemonchois on board the 100 footer maxi catamaran Gitana 13 (41 days, 21 hours and 26 minutes).
Just after the finish line, the skipper Giovanni Soldini comments: ”We are super happy but also very tired. The last 48 hours have been very tough. Sailing in the Channel upwind with a lot of breeze, a lot of sea and a terrible cold. The record went very well, we are very happy with our route. The most difficult part was the last one: with more favorable weather conditions in the Atlantic we could have gained another 3 or 4 days, but that’s okay. Indeed it could not have been better, technically the boat is perfect. From the last time we put Maserati Multi 70 in a yard, we have sailed more than 19,000 miles and everything is fine onboard, surely there is the work of preparation by Guido and the whote team. An excellent crew”