A new record time reference has been set on the Golden Route by Giovanni Soldini and his crew of eight in sailing from New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn. Soldini and his crew made the journey aboard the Maserati monohull in just 47 days, 0 hours, 42 minutes and 29 seconds, crossing the finish line under San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge at 18h 31' 59'' GMT (19h 31' 59'' Italian time, 10h 31' 59'' local time).
Soldini said they were “exceedingly happy!” on their achievement, noting that the Golden Route is an historic record as well as a very important and challenging one.
He added that their monohull, Maserati, proved to be “extremely powerful, strong and reliable.”
Soldini remarked that the crew has been extraordinary during their 47-day cruise, noting that everyone was prepared to face “even the hardest situation.” For his achievement, he thanked his crew as well as their partners, Maserati, BSI and Generali.
Soldini and his crew left New York at 17h 49’ 30'' GMT on Dec. 31, 2012 aboard Maserati, aiming to break the New York-San Francisco record.
The record-breaking challenge was sponsored by: Maserati as main partner and inspiration for the boat’s name; by the Swiss bank BSI (Generali Group) and by Generali as co-sponsor. The record-breaking challenge was supported by Vodafone Italia, Bulgari as Official Time Keeper, Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A. and Eataly e Great Circle.