'Maserati arrives in New York'
In New York at at 11:50 am this morning GMT (7:50 am local time), the Maserati crew reached the Ambrose light station in New York, destination point of the Miami-New York record attempt. Soldini and his team chose not to ratify the Miami - New York record with the World Sailing Speed Record Council.
There is not a recorded time reference for monohulls from Miami to New York, and the team felt the adverse weather conditions (tropical storms, sudden blasts, windless zones) that Maserati encountered during the route did not warrant an official record.
'We have decided not to ask for a ratification of the Miami-New York record attempt, even though a time reference for monohulls doesn't exist,' said Soldini.
'Our achievement turned out to be below our expectations, and it does not reflect 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 didn't expect them to be so adverse. We can do much better than this aboard Maserati. In the coming days we will wait for the right moment to attempt the New York - Cape Lizard (UK) speed record and, weather permitting, we will again try the 24 hour speed record. It is going to be hard but we can make it.'
Maserati arrives in New York -
Giovanni and his team aboard of Maserati set sail from Miami on March 22 at 06:28:16 GMT (02:28:16 local time).
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.
The record attempt can be followed live on Giovanni Soldini and Maserati's website.
by Meaghan Van Liew
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10:45 PM Mon 26 Mar 2012GMT
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