Monaco - At 12:56:34 local time the Multi 70 Maserati helmed by Giovanni Soldini left Monaco along with five other crew, including Yacht Club de Monaco Vice-President Pierre Casiraghi, heading for Saint-Tropez for the Wally Record.
This 48 nautical mile challenge was launched in 1999 by the Monegasque Wally brand in partnership with the Yacht Club de Monaco and Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez.
After 2 hours 55 minutes 44 seconds sailing at an average speed of 19.76 knots, Maserati crossed the finish in front of the Portalet tower in Saint-Tropez at 15:22:18, where the record was registered by Georges Korhel, Race Director at the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez.
With a length of 21.2m and a 16.8m beam, enjoyed ideal weather conditions throughout the challenge with a 15-knot easterly, gusting 25 knots at the start, before backing north-east.
“I am delighted to see Giovanni again. It’s always a pleasure to sail with him and test this 70- foot trimaran which has just come out of the yard. We registered speeds over 30 knots during the course, it’s just a pity the wind dropped after Cannes. I’m sure Giovanni will smash many records in the future,” said Pierre Casiraghi who was welcomed on arrival by the Mayor of Saint-Tropez, Sylvie Siri.
The Multi 70 has set a new record for multi-hulls, previously reserved for monohulls and held by the Wally 105 Nariida, skippered by Knut Frostad who did it in 3 hours 4 minutes 30 on 20th October 1999.