The record time is 2 hours, 25 minutes and 44 seconds. It all started at 12:56:34 when the Maserati Multi 70 helmed by Giovanni Soldini left Monaco together with five other members of the crew, including Pierre Casiraghi, Vice-President of the Yacht Club de Monaco, to sail to Saint-Tropez for the Wally Record.
This 48-nautical mile challenge was launched in 1999 by the Monegasque yard Wally in collaboration with the Yacht Club of Monaco and the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez.
After 2 hours 55 minutes and 44 seconds of sailing at an average speed of 19.76 knots, Maserati crossed the finish line in front of the Portalet Tower in Saint-Tropez at 15:22:18, where the record was recorded by Georges Korhel, race director of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez.
With a length of 21.2 metres and a beam of 16.8 metres, Maserati can reach a maximum speed of 40 knots and enjoyed ideal weather conditions throughout the challenge, with a 15 knot easterly wind, gusting to 25 knots at the start, before turning back to the north-east. “I am happy to see Giovanni again. It is always a pleasure to sail with him and to test this 70ft trimaran that has just left the yard. We recorded speeds in excess of 30 knots during the course, it’s just a shame that the wind dropped after Cannes. I’m sure Giovanni will break many records in the future,” said Pierre Casiraghi who was welcomed on arrival by the Mayor of Saint-Tropez, Sylvie Siri.
The Multi 70 set a new record for multihulls, previously reserved for monohulls and held by Norwegian Knut Frostad, with a time of 3 hours 4 minutes 30 seconds on the 32m ketch Nariida on 20 October 1999. The record is part of a 500 mile tour of testing and trials in the Mediterranean since Maserati left the yard on Friday 5 March from La Spezia. “After four months of work, we have made many improvements and innovations and now we are starting a series of tests and adjustments”, said Giovanni Soldini.
(Giovanni Soldini and Pierre Casiraghi, new speed record from Monaco to Saint-Tropez – Barchemagazine.com – March 2021)