3600 nautical miles is the distance of the longest race in the southern hemisphere of the Cape2Rio transatlantic Cape town to Rio de Janeiro. It was first held in 1971, and this year takes place for the 16th time.
The Cape2Rio fleet split into several groups, and the first of them took the start 4 Jan. And during the day on Saturday joined the battle of the giants – two Maxi-trimaran class Ultim. Their fight attracts the main attention of fans on both sides of the South Atlantic.
Favorite current Cape2Rio was supposed to be a 70-foot Italian Multi 70 Maserati, led by the famous 53-year-old skipper Giovanni Soldini, on which account many victories and records in the most prestigious races. (Recall, for example, that in 2018 at the same Soldini Maserati Multi 70 set a record for the Tea race from Hong Kong to London – 36 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes and 2 seconds).
By the way, the Cape2Rio record also belongs Soldini: in 2014, being a single skipper of the Maserati VOR 70, he traveled 3600 miles in 10 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes and 57 seconds. However, this time – with the involvement of Maxi-trimarans – record racing, General view, needs to be improved. And just for a few days.
But, imagine, Maserati Multi 70 was now playing catch-up. On Saturday, a few hours after the start, the trimaran was forced to slow down: there was a failure of one of the foil. The crew managed to quickly enough to repair, but since then have to chase the monster called Love Water (80 feet long, 64 feet wide).
In fact, this trimaran – French, but the Cape2Rio race a rented South African syndicate in collaboration with the world wildlife Fund. Accordingly, shipper Craig Sutherland – citizen of South Africa, and most of the crew members from this country.
For trimarans behind almost two days of the race, and ahead, as has been said, Love Water. To finish this trimaran is to have 2651 miles. Maserati Multi 70 behind 95 miles.
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