Maserati has partnered with highly respected sailor Giovanni Soldini as they attempt to set three significant and historic North Atlantic sailing records. The challenge was introduced by FIAT chairman, John Elkann and the president of Yacht Club Italiano, Carlo Croce. By next year, Soldini and his team of nine sailors will be on the Maserati yacht as they try to break the records set in Cadiz-San Salvador (Bahamas), Miami-New York and New York-Lizard Point (UK).
The World Sailing Speed Record Council, the international body that certifies the record times on the clipper routes, will bear witness to the three ocean course attempts.
Giovanni Soldini, who has achieved two circumnavigations and more than 30 Atlantic crossings, expressed gladness that two major companies are moving to “approach the world of ocean sailing by supporting this important Italian enterprise.” The company aims to be the first Italian boat to accomplish a record on an official WSSRC route.
He added that what his “lifelong dream” is actually to break the North Atlantic record. The co-sponsors for this challenge include the Swiss bank BSI (Generali Group) and Generali itself. Maserati is the principal partner for the challenge. It will represent Yacht Club Italiano, which is the oldest sailing club in the Mediterranean Sea and was founded in 1879.
The official suppliers include Vodafone Italia and Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A. Bulgari will serve as the Official Time Keeper. Harald Wester, CEO of Maserati S.p.A., said that the company is lending its name to a boat that stands for the “synthesis of nautical technology” and with which Soldini and his crew will try to break several ocean records.