Maserati reaches San Francisco
Giovanni Soldini and the crew of the modified VO70 Maserati have set a new record for the 'Gold route' record from New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn.
Maserati crossed the finish line under San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge at 18:31:59 GMT (10:31:59' local time), establishing a new monohull recordof 47 days, 0 hours, 42 minutes and 29 seconds for the passage.
"We are happy!" commented Soldini. "The Gold Route is an historic record, a very important and challenging one. Now it will bear the colours of the Italian flag. Maserati proved to be a powerful boat and a reliable one. The crew has been extraordinary, everyone was prepared to face even the hardest situation. I want to thank all my companions in this adventure and to thank also all my partners, Maserati, BSI and Generali who allowed all of us to make our dream come true."
Soldini and his crew of eight left New York at 17:49:30 GMT on 31 December 2012 aboard Maserati, at the start of their attempt.
The challenge is being sponsored by Maserati as main partner and inspiration for the boat’s name, by the Swiss bank BSI (Generali Group) and by Generali itself as co-sponsor. Suppliers for the attempt include Vodafone Italia, Bulgari, Official Time Keeper, Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A., Eataly e Great Circle.