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For Immediate Release

Maserati Sailing Team Begins Record Run from Miami to New York


International crew of decorated sailors join forces to set new pace for speed and performance on the Atlantic


Miami, FL (March 22, 2012) – Italian, German, Spanish and American sailors, largely known for their independent offshore sailing expeditions, have come together in a quest to set a new pace for speed on the water under sail. The impressive collection of globetrotting extreme sailors collectively have more than one million miles of experience offshore. Italian Giovanni Soldini leads the rogue crew of eight, including German Boris Hermann as Navigator, and American Brad Van Liew and Spaniard David Vera as Watch Leaders. They set out today from Miami, Florida aboard the VOR70 Maserati to establish the official monohull sailing record from Miami to New York City.


“The wind directions should offer us nice downwind sailing,” said Navigator Boris Hermann. “The conditions are not perfect, but we hope to play the local shifts, the Gulf Stream and other weather details on the route.”


American Brad Van Liew added, “We had a fantastic hospitality event hosted by Maserati North America this week and now the crew is fired up and anxious to get back to the mission at hand: beating and setting records. The boat and crew are ready to get back up to full speed.”


This ambitious race against time is one of several records that Giovanni Soldini and his international crew aboard Maserati will attempt in the months ahead.

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The Maserati team can be followed live on Giovanni Soldini and Maserati’s website (www.maserati.soldini.it). The site contains news, videos and photos of the crew life on board, and provides continuous monitoring of the marine weather conditions, as well as online tracking to check the position and speed of Maserati in real time. Continuous updates are also available on Facebook (through Giovanni Soldini's official page) and Twitter (@giovannisoldini, @borisherrmann, @bradvanliew).


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.


MASERATI
Maserati's support and participation in this major Italian challenge in sport and technology confirms the company’s role as a world ambassador for that level of excellence for which Italy is universally known. Maserati gives zealous expression to that excellence every day in 65 countries worldwide, through successful high-quality cars like the Quattroporte, GranTurismo and GranCabrio. The performance of Maserati cars on the road matches that of Giovanni Soldini and Maserati on water.


BSI and Generali
BSI is one of Switzerland’s oldest banks and specialises in private wealth management through top flight global management. BSI is a fully controlled member of the Generali Group, and fields a presence on all major international financial markets, especially in Europe, Asia and Latin America.


Generali is one of the world’s largest international insurance groups with offices in over 60 countries. The group boasts a robust footprint in Europe, EEC member states, Asia and Latin America, serving over 70 million customers. The Generali Group is a European leader in life insurance with assets of over 400 billion euros.


Suppliers for the attempt include Vodafone Italia, responsible for providing telecommunication services and developing the official website, the marine clothing brand Murphy&Nye, who have supplied the clothing for the entire Maserati team, official time keeper Bulgari, and Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A., producers of the special paints and enamels used on the hull.


Maserati is also sponsored by Eataly, suppliers to the boat’s galley, Beta Utensili, who have provided all the professional tools, Corderia Lancelin, supplier of the special ropes and cables, FPT Industrial for technical assistance with the engines, Jeppesen for the cartography, B&G Navico for technical assistance with on-board instrumentation, Cantiere Picchiotti of La Spezia, home of Maserati on dry land, and the Port of La Spezia, home of Maserati when at sea.


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Mar 23, 2012, 5:53 AM

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Aboard Maserati Giovanni writes: "After an amazing departure with crosswind from Miami, for a couple of hours we passed through a windless zone where several clouds disturbed the trade winds. In the evening the wind rose and we sailed at a 20 knots speed for at least 6 hours. We are now after the Gulfstream that can give us 2 extra knots of speed northwards. Maserati ran all the night with regular crew shifts. John took mine with Gabriele so that I could focus on the weather conditions and Gulf current monitoring. The wind is slowly turning south-eastwards, as consequence we will have to change sails in a while. The next 24 hours are crucial: we need to keep a good speed northwards in order to place ourselves in the right position to face the depression arriving on Saturday."





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Mar 23, 2012, 11:26 AM

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More from Giovanni: “Today the wind is going down - the situation will be tough till this evening, maybe even for the night. Warm day, haze and a few storms. We are continuously working the sheets and on the winches and we are trying to gain miles going north. Luckily there is a favorable stream. At the moment we are gaining on the route so everything is ok. We need to keep an eye on the depression that is developing north of Cape Hatteras.”


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Mar 26, 2012, 9:21 AM

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This morning at 11.50 am GMT (7.50 am local time, 1.50 pm Italian time) Maserati reached the Ambrose light station in New York Bay, the destination point of the Miami – New York record attempt.


Giovanni and his team decided non to ratify the Miami – New York record with the World Sailing Speed Record Council, even if there still is not a time reference for monohulls. This is because of the adverse weather conditions (tropical storms, sudden high wind blasts, windless zones) that Maserati encountered during the route.


“We have decided not to ask for a ratification of the Miami – New York record attempt, even if a time reference for monohulls does not exist. Our result turned out to be below our expectations, and it does not match with the performance of a boat as fast as Maserati.


When we set sail for the record attempt we knew that the weather conditions were not ideal, but we did not expect them to be so adverse. With Maserati we can do much better than this. In the next days we will wait for the right moment to attempt the New York – Cape Lizard (UK) speed record and, weather permitting, we will try again the 24 hour speed record. It is going to be challenging but we can make it.”


Giovanni and his team on board of Maserati set sail from Miami on March 22 at 6, 28′, 16” pm GMT (2, 28 ' 16” local time, 7, 28 ' 16” pm Italian time).


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Conditions report from yesterday prior to NY arrival today:

Difficult hours aboard Maserati. Giovanni and team are only 190 miles away from New York but they have been surrounded by a windless and full of storms warm front. Aboard the team is fighting for each mile and this situation is going to last for several hours.

Giovanni said, “We only have 190 miles to go but it seems that this time Aeolus is against us. Yesterday, we faced an endless number of tropical storms that alternated torrential rain with sudden blasts of wind or windless zones.

These are unpredictable tropical creatures that like hot water and suddenly develop and disappear on the Gulfstream. Yesterday, we spent 12 awful hours in this way. Then, after passing Cape Hatters, the situation finally changed and we sailed at 25 knots for a while.

We thought we had ended with windless zones but we were wrong. We got delayed and we met the low pressure we hoped to avoid. The warm front surrounded us again and we ended windless. The low pressure centre moved eastwards faster than we thought and we are now paying our delay.

The route is blocked and we have to fight to gain each mile in order to get to the other side of the low pressure.”


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May 8, 2012, 3:37 PM

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More info here: http://maserati.soldini.it/?lang=en and here: http://www.oceanracing.org/

For Immediate Release

Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Sailing Team Are Ready For Challenge in the North Atlantic Ocean

Preparations are underway to begin the historic New York - England record attempt overnight


New York (May 8, 2012) - After a one month long stand-by, Maserati is likely to set sail between 10:00 p.m. this evening and 3:00 a.m. tomorrow morning local time from the North Cove Marina in New York City. The goal is for Giovanni Soldini and his international team is to break the monohull sailing record from the Ambrose Lighthouse in New York to Lizard Point off the south west coast of England.

They are challenging a record set in 2003 by Robert Miller's monohull Mari Cha IV - 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds. The 140-foot Mari Cha IV covered the 2,925 miles of the route at an average speed of 18.5 knots with 24 crew on board. Maserati, measuring 70-feet and with 8 crew on board is facing the daunting task of beating the record time of a racing yacht twice as large with three times the manpower. The extensive offshore experience on board Maserati might trump the larger yacht and team if the weather cooperates.

"The low pressure approaching finally seems to be the right one," explains Giovanni Soldini. "This evening we will make the final decision, but I hope that the last weather forecasts will be confirmed. At the start we are expecting 25 - 30 knots of southerly winds and some thunderstorms. We will be departing just ahead of a cold front that will be coming through the New York area tomorrow morning."

American crew member Brad Van Liew adds, "We are going to grab onto the eastern side of the front, and ride it as far as we can across the North Atlantic. The three major challenges will be the unpredictable thunderstorms out of New York, the large area of icebergs south and east of Nova Scotia with strong winds and a water temperature of 2.4 degrees Celsius, and another area of uncertain weather near the finish line."

There have been some changes in Maserati's crew: French sailors Sebastien Audigane and Ronan Le Goff, Spanish Javier de la Plaza and British Tom Gall have joined the crew to replace some members of the team that are taking part in regattas in the Mediterranean. On board Maserati with the skipper Giovanni Soldini, are watch leader Brad Van Liew, Javier de la Plaza (helm, pit), Sebastien Audigane (helm, trimmer) Ronan Le Goff (helm, bowman), Guido Broggi (boat captain), Corrado Rossignoli (bowman), and Tom Gall (second bowman).

The record attempt can be followed live on Giovanni Soldini and Maserati's website (www.maserati.soldini.it). The site contains news, videos and photos of the lifestyle of crew members on board, and provides continuous monitoring of the marine weather conditions, as well as online tracking to check the position and speed of Maserati in real time. Continuous updates are also available on Facebook (through Giovanni Soldini's official page) and Twitter (@giovannisoldini and Brad Van Liew @BradVanLiew).


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.


MASERATI
Maserati's support and participation in this major Italian challenge in sport and technology confirms the company's role as a world ambassador for that level of excellence for which Italy is universally known. Maserati gives zealous expression to that excellence every day in 65 countries worldwide, through successful high-quality cars like the Quattroporte, GranTurismo and GranCabrio. The performance of Maserati cars on the road matches that of Giovanni Soldini and Maserati on water.


BSI and Generali
BSI is one of Switzerland's oldest banks and specialises in private wealth management through top flight global management. BSI is a fully controlled member of the Generali Group, and fields a presence on all major international financial markets, especially in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Generali is one of the world's largest international insurance groups with offices in over 60 countries. The group boasts a robust footprint in Europe, EEC member states, Asia and Latin America, serving over 70 million customers. The Generali Group is a European leader in life insurance with assets of over 400 billion euros.


Suppliers for the attempt include Vodafone Italia, responsible for providing telecommunication services and developing the official website, the marine clothing brand Murphy&Nye, who have supplied the clothing for the entire Maserati team, official time keeper Bulgari, and Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A. producers of the special paints and enamels used on the hull.

Maserati is also sponsored by Eataly, suppliers to the boat's galley, Beta Utensili, who have provided all the professional tools, Corderia Lancelin, supplier of the special ropes and cables, FPT Industrial for technical assistance with the engines, Jeppesen for the cartography, B&G Navico for technical assistance with on board instrumentation, Cantiere Picchiotti of La Spezia, home of Maserati on dry land, and the Port of La Spezia, home of Maserati when at sea.

For additional information contact:
info@oceanracing.org





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May 9, 2012, 6:06 AM

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New York – Cape Lizard: Maserati is off! 09 May 2012
This morning at 7.20 GMT (9.20 Italian time, 3.20 local time) Maserati cut the starting line in front of the Ambrose Lighthouse in New York bay. The goal for Giovanni Soldini and his team is to reach Cape Lizard (UK) within 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes, 39 seconds, reference time set by Mari Cha IV.

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May 9, 2012, 10:33 AM

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22kts right now


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  10 May 2012

Update from Maserati:

Well this is definitely not a slam dunk of a situation but I guess this is one of sailings most prestigious records and we are trying to beat a very fast pace set by Mari Cha IV. Here is the current situation. Firstly, we have embraced a much different approach from a weather strategy point of view. Mari Cha left New York behind a cold front on NW winds that carried them much of the way to England before they had to tack on a high pressure area for the last third of the attempt. This meant that they were on a fast Port reach until tacking to starboard and then allowing the wind to free them back to a starboard reach for the final approach to England. The opportunity that presented itself to us is the opposite. We left New York ahead of and arriving cold front on Southerly winds that should carry us much of the way and then we will need to Gybe onto port gybe and hook into a low to the north which will push us to the finish. Both theories work well but we need the wind to stay steady and it has been a bit lighter than forecast for the first number of hours of the voyage.


The other point of significance is that we are doing our attempt in the spring instead of the fall which means spring icebergs South and East of Newfoundland. I will talk more about icebergs in tomorrows blog as that will definitely be on the front of our brains for the following day. Today however is all about trying to stay in the best wind strength possible as the forecast 22 kts has been elusive and we are currently in wonderful tight reaching conditions of 17 kts. Normally lovely, but not the crazy record breaking conditions we need. So fingers crossed for the big noisy show that Maserati is so gifted at.


Life onboard is getting chilly and is wet, but nothing like when we get to sail through the north atlantic cocktail in a couple of days. I cant decide if that cocktail should be served with crushed or full size ice cubes but neither sounds very good to me at the moment and I happen to know that a mixture is on order.


Ciao for now from Brad and the Maserati Boys!


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Maserati Sailing Toward Newfoundland

Giovanni Soldini and his team ready to face winds of 25-30 knots

New York (May 10, 2012) - One day and 6 hours after crossing the starting line in front of Ambrose Light, in the bay of New York, Maserati is sailing at 20 knots toward Newfoundland. Last night went by without any problems on board but with many wind shifts caused by thunderstorms. In the past hours the wind has increased, reaching an intensity of 25-30 knots. This has allowed Maserati to sail even faster and to gain miles on the "virtual" race with Mari Cha IV, currently the world record holder of the monohull speed record from New York to England. The mapping online shows Maserati's position along with Mari Cha IV's historic sail in 2003.

Tomorrow morning Maserati expects to reach the southeastern coast of Newfoundland, a critical area due to the floating icebergs and the strong winds (30 knots are expected). Cape Race, at the southeastern tip of Newfoundland, is known for its dense fog, rocky coast and the Cape Race lighthouse which was in communication with the captain of the Titanic immediately before the great ship hit an iceberg and sank.

Giovanni Soldini, on board of Maserati, writes: "I am very pleased with the new crew that is getting along really well, more than I expected. Just after a few hours, it looked like we had been sailing together for years! We have finally caught the wind we were expecting and we are keeping a southern route so that when the wind increases we will be able to move quickly east. Heading north will be easier this way. I hope we don't come across too many floating icebergs tomorrow."

American navigator and watch leader Brad Van Liew adds: "Life on board is getting chilly and it is wet, but nothing like when we will sail through the North Atlantic cocktail in a couple days."

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May 11, 2012, 7:53 AM

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Maserati Takes an Advantage of 80 Miles

11 May 2012

At 10.36 GMT (12.36 Italian time) Maserati flies at a speed 20 of knots, taking an advantage of 80 miles on Mari Cha IV, the 140 ft maxi yacht that set the New York-Lizard Point speed record.

In these hours, Giovanni Soldini and his crew of 7 members are facing the floating icebergs and the freezing 5° Celsius waters in front of Newfoundland. Due to these critical conditions, the navigation is really challenging.

Aboard Maserati, Giovanni Soldini explains: “We will shortly be sailing in the iceberg zone. The water temperature is currently at 5° Celsius. For security reasons we have decided to slow down a little. We will be entering the iceberg area in the next 85 miles and will be out of it in 220 miles. We have been forced to follow a northerly route that takes us through the floating icebergs because the Azores high pressure is really north. We will sail up to 49°N and then head towards Lizard Point. Both Maserati and the crew are doing great and we are really pleased with the advantage we have on Mari Cha IV. The next hours are crucial. We will keep our eyes wide open."

Maserati left New York on May 9 at 7.20 GMT (9.20 Italian time) to try and break the New York – Lizard Point speed record set by Mari Cha IV that sailed the route in 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds.

Today at 10.36 GMT Maserati still has to sail 1904 miles.


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May 11, 2012, 9:52 AM

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Maserati
Takes an Advantage of Almost 200 Miles on the Atlantic World Record Set by Mari Cha IV

Giovanni Soldini and his team are facing intense conditions, sailing through the floating icebergs of Newfoundland


New York (May 11, 2012) - At 12.36 GMT (08.36 EDT) Maserati is flying at a speed of 23 knots, taking an advantage of 190 miles on Mari Cha IV, the 140 foot maxi yacht that set the New York-Lizard Point speed record in 2003.

Giovanni Soldini and his international crew of seven are facing floating icebergs and freezing 5° Celsius waters off the Newfoundland coast. Due to these severe conditions, the navigation is really challenging.

On board Maserati, Giovanni Soldini explains: "We will shortly be sailing in the iceberg zone and we will be out of it in about 130 miles. The water temperature is currently at 5° Celsius. For safety reasons we have decided to slow down a little. We have been forced to follow a northerly route that takes us through the floating icebergs because the Azores high pressure is really far north. We will sail up to 49°N and then head towards Lizard Point. Both Maserati and the crew are doing great and we are really pleased with the advantage we have on Mari Cha IV. The next hours are crucial. We will keep our eyes wide open."

Maserati left New York on May 9 at 7.20 GMT (3.20 EDT) to try and break the New York - Lizard Point speed record set by Mari Cha IV that sailed the route in 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds. Today at 12.36 GMT Maserati still has to sail 1,862 miles.

The record attempt can be followed live on Giovanni Soldini and Maserati's website (www.maserati.soldini.it). The site contains news, videos and photos of the lifestyle of crew members on board, and provides continuous monitoring of the marine weather conditions, as well as online tracking to check the position and speed of Maserati in real time. Continuous updates are also available on Facebook (through Giovanni Soldini's official page) and Twitter (@giovannisoldini and Brad Van Liew @BradVanLiew).

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.

MASERATI
Maserati's support and participation in this major Italian challenge in sport and technology confirms the company's role as a world ambassador for that level of excellence for which Italy is universally known. Maserati gives zealous expression to that excellence every day in 65 countries worldwide, through successful high-quality cars like the Quattroporte, GranTurismo and GranCabrio. The performance of Maserati cars on the road matches that of Giovanni Soldini and Maserati on water.

BSI and Generali
BSI is one of Switzerland's oldest banks and specialises in private wealth management through top flight global management. BSI is a fully controlled member of the Generali Group, and fields a presence on all major international financial markets, especially in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Generali is one of the world's largest international insurance groups with offices in over 60 countries. The group boasts a robust footprint in Europe, EEC member states, Asia and Latin America, serving over 70 million customers. The Generali Group is a European leader in life insurance with assets of over 400 billion euros.


Suppliers for the attempt include Vodafone Italia, responsible for providing telecommunication services and developing the official website, the marine clothing brand Murphy&Nye, who have supplied the clothing for the entire Maserati team, official time keeper Bulgari, and Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A. producers of the special paints and enamels used on the hull.

Maserati is also sponsored by Eataly, suppliers to the boat's galley, Beta Utensili, who have provided all the professional tools, Corderia Lancelin, supplier of the special ropes and cables, FPT Industrial for technical assistance with the engines, Jeppesen for the cartography, B&G Navico for technical assistance with on board instrumentation, Cantiere Picchiotti of La Spezia, home of Maserati on dry land, and the Port of La Spezia, home of Maserati when at sea.

For additional information contact:
info@oceanracing.org


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May 14, 2012, 1:52 PM

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The North Atlantic Record Fades Away for Giovanni Soldini and his Maserati Team


Following Three Days of Extreme Conditions and Intense Speed the Weather Fails


New York (May 14, 2012) - "We didn't make it; the barometer has started to rise." With these words Giovanni Soldini, on board Maserati, said that the New York-Lizard Point record attempt has definitely faded away. After blasting through the first 1,500 miles of the course, at speeds which averaged more than 20 knots and placed Maserati ahead of the existing world record, the weather models changed and destroyed their charge to the finish line.

The team ended up in a dead calm zone caused by the high pressure that suddenly placed itself in the boat's route. The weather forecasts originally predicted just after Newfoundland, a north- westerly wind of 20-25 knots would push Maserati toward the finishing line. However, the weather models changed by the moment, and Maserati was a mere 30 miles away from the north-westerly wind that would have let them escape the high pressure. The high pressure moved faster than Maserati and the wind relentlessly started decreasing.

There was nothing left to do for Giovanni Soldini and his team. Once they entered the weak winds after rushing through Newfoundland's icebergs and fog, the "virtual" advantage of 200 miles on Mari Cha IV (a 140 foot maxi yacht which set the North Atlantic speed record in 2003 in 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes, 39 seconds) got thinner and thinner.

Giovanni explains: "It's a pity. I am really upset about it. A great opportunity missed in an instant, but as usual we were in the sea's hands and we couldn't command it. I hope to have the opportunity to try again. The North Atlantic record falls through and we have to wait for the southerly wind. We showed that Maserati can break Mari Cha IV's record, it only needs a better weather situation, more settled and steady than the one we faced."

Many boats have tried to break the challenging North Atlantic record. In 1999 Giovanni Agnelli's Stealth had to abandon due to technical problems. Virgin Money (Speedboat), a 100 foot monohull chartered and helmed by Richard Branson, abandoned in 2008 due to a huge storm with waves 40 feet tall that damaged the boat and hurt the crew. In 2010 ICAP Leopard 3 (skipper Chris Sherlock, owner Mike Slade) ended up in a dead calm zone caused by high pressure just 350 miles before the arrival at Lizard Point.

On board Maserati is an international crew of skilled sailors: Giovanni Soldini (skipper), American Brad Van Liew (navigator and watch leader), Spaniard Javier de la Plaza (helm, pit), Frenchmen Sebastien Audigane (helm, trimmer) and Ronan Le Goff (helm, bowman), Italians Guido Broggi (boat captain), Corrado Rossignoli (bowman), and Brit Tom Gall (second bowman).

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