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Maserati new record attempt.

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Soldini attempts the New York-San Francisco record .

 

http://maserati.sold...york-2/?lang=en

 

 

Maserati is now in new york, north cove, should be easy to spot, ..

Hey Clean, if you are around you could try an interview. Goiovanni is always very interesting. Nice interview a few days ago on Italian newspaper., about the sense of this record.

 

a couple of intersting bits:

-Maserati had to sail deep south in her crossing towards USA (more than 20 days), to sail around Sandy (back in october..)

-it seems that Soldini will have a larger crew than last shorter transatlantic attmpts, choosing a crew of 9 for this 13000 miles on the modified VOR 70 .

(but after the Vendee heroes now racing, we know he would probably be faster alone on a new generation IMOCA 60 ;) )

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The record isn't that interesting, it's old and slow (Yves Parlier in 1998 at 10.17 knots) but at least Soldini is going with a very nice and international crew!

 

Mostly all of the expert sailors part of the international crew that will attempt the record with Giovanni Soldini are already in New York: Guido Broggi, Corrado Rossignoli and Michele Sighel (Italy), Boris Herrmann (Germany), Ryan Breymaier (USA) and Carlos Hernandez (Spain).

Sebastien Audigane (France) and Teng Jianghe (China) will arrive in New York in the next days.

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any record attempt that includes a wrong-way rounding of cape horn is pretty real to me

 

soldini is trying to prove to maserati and generali that he's worth a volvo

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Boris wrote on Facebook about an hour ago that it's "looking good for leaving on Christmas eve". Good luck for the trip, it's sure going to be one interesting ride!

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Boris wrote on Facebook about an hour ago that it's "looking good for leaving on Christmas eve". Good luck for the trip, it's sure going to be one interesting ride!

 

Code yellow window opens on 12-23

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Pity they are not down there now. There have been esterlies at the horn for several days, would have allowed for an easy passage. I recall the last record attempt like this (a french trimaran?) they spent two days hunkered down just short of the horn waiting out a storm.

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This is Flying Clouds old record that stood for about a century. Back in 1979 Mike Kaine made the attempt on a Cross 55 trimaran Crusader. They were well ahead of the record when they got to Cape Horn. They got blown backwards for two weeks. When they finally got around, they were pushing hard to regain their record pace. But, at 28 knots they plowed into the back of a wave and a hound broke causing the mast to drop. They were so exhausted at that point they called for assistance from the Chillean Navy. After a harrowing transfer from the weather side of the ship, the naval commander turned around and ran over the plywood trimaran to ensure it did not become a nautical hazard.

This is no easy record.

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This is Flying Clouds old record that stood for about a century. Back in 1979 Mike Kaine made the attempt on a Cross 55 trimaran Crusader. They were well ahead of the record when they got to Cape Horn. They got blown backwards for two weeks. When they finally got around, they were pushing hard to regain their record pace. But, at 28 knots they plowed into the back of a wave and a hound broke causing the mast to drop. They were so exhausted at that point they called for assistance from the Chillean Navy. After a harrowing transfer from the weather side of the ship, the naval commander turned around and ran over the plywood trimaran to ensure it did not become a nautical hazard.

This is no easy record.

 

Interesting story, Thanks. I understand now why this Cape Horn eastward passage is no easy thing.

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I spent a few weeks sailing with Giovanni on the Maserati this summer. The boat is quick and I reckon they are in with a chance with getting the record providing the weather is good. But I highly doubt Giovanni will do a Volvo campaign, not with Maserati as a sponsor anyway. Volvo wouldn't want another car company stealing the show!

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I spent a few weeks sailing with Giovanni on the Maserati this summer. The boat is quick and I reckon they are in with a chance with getting the record providing the weather is good. But I highly doubt Giovanni will do a Volvo campaign, not with Maserati as a sponsor anyway. Volvo wouldn't want another car company stealing the show!

 

Volvo and Maserati were cousins by marriage, once upon a time, anyway?

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I spent a few weeks sailing with Giovanni on the Maserati this summer. The boat is quick and I reckon they are in with a chance with getting the record providing the weather is good. But I highly doubt Giovanni will do a Volvo campaign, not with Maserati as a sponsor anyway. Volvo wouldn't want another car company stealing the show!

 

As if volvo would actively argue against another team entering in their race....

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If it were just as the luxury marque I would imagine Volvo would not be too worried by Maserati, but given Maserati are part of the Fiat empire, which is a direct competitor to both halves of the Volvo brand, the relationship could be a little uneasy. I would imagine Volvo have thought about this more than a few times. It would not be good form to deny a team entry on this basis. The real question may well be whether Maserati would consider their brand as being diluted by entering the VOR, and thus associated with a purveyor of ordinary cars, trucks and buses. But of they want to push their brand internationally, and push harder into the emerging markets, the VOR isn't a bad way to go. Sponsorig the odd record attempt only gets you so far.

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Maybe Volvo will have to face that one of their only two entries is a competing auto manufacturer. Can't see many more coming forward unless the great middle east sailing bailout carries on.

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Its worth noting that Giovanni Soldini has more twitter followers than the Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup, Vendee Globe, or Sailing Anarchy.

COMBINED

This guy is kind of a big deal in Italy.

Best of luck to them on their record attempt.

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we are standing by till monday. there is just too much wind to leave tomorrow. we have to get through the first system without tearing the boat apart!

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Check out the square headed flying jib on Flying Cloud, "tacked" to the weather yard. (or what do you call the second head contact point?).

 

I believe those are called "Studding sails". But I could be wrong.

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There's a nice article about the record attempt here http://www.pressure-...ing-Her-Engines

 

article about the record attempt and an interview with Ryan Breymaier now on the front page.

 

 

can ya believe that you can actually link stories now??!!

 

Hurrah! Here's yours.

 

name of the game

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Check out the square headed flying jib on Flying Cloud, "tacked" to the weather yard. (or what do you call the second head contact point?).

 

I believe those are called "Studding sails". But I could be wrong.

yep I agree, "aloft & alow"

stuns'ls for short

& first you get to rig the yardarm extensions (whatever they are called)

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There's a nice article about the record attempt here http://www.pressure-...ing-Her-Engines

 

article about the record attempt and an interview with Ryan Breymaier now on the front page.

 

 

can ya believe that you can actually link stories now??!!

 

Hurrah! Here's yours.

 

name of the game

 

Great job guys!

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Check out the square headed flying jib on Flying Cloud, "tacked" to the weather yard. (or what do you call the second head contact point?).

 

I believe those are called "Studding sails". But I could be wrong.

yep I agree, "aloft & alow"

stuns'ls for short

& first you get to rig the yardarm extensions (whatever they are called)

 

they're called stuns'l booms, and they are a pain in the ass. it took us around 90 minutes' work to rig main and fore stun's'ls aloft and alow on Endeavour BTW; it's a shit ton of additional sail area. We carried ours to about 18 apparent before snapping a boom in half;

 

Flying Cloud's would've been five times bigger.

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I just hope they send in a bunch of footage. Already you can see soe little glimpses of them flying along in the latest little compilation. The Italian update seems to say something about a problem but English says they had a great New Years "gliding" along at 30 knots.

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The only problem the italian update on the site talks about is that the tracker is not working. They're trying to fix it right now.

 

Ryan sent these coordinates through a couple of hours ago : 36.27.80 65.57.40

 

He said they have 30 knots of breeze and hit 32 knots over the bottom.

 

Seb Audigane said in his update they'd done 420 miles in 20 hours.

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Its E3. They lengthened the keel and took weight out of the bulb. They also added 1 ton ballast tanks as the very stern corners. I'll ask Ryan about other mods.

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Having been on it for a bit this year I can confirm it is E3. The fin is 1 metre longer and lighter and the bulb is 1 ton lighter than a standard VO70. Apart from that and the afte ballast tanks the only other mods are weight saving in the boat. Generator removed and replaced with a better alternator on the engine. Batteries are smaller and lighter and recharged with loads of Solbian-flex solar panels. I think they may have even removed the toilet since I was last there.

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Having been on it for a bit this year I can confirm it is E3. The fin is 1 metre longer and lighter and the bulb is 1 ton lighter than a standard VO70. Apart from that and the afte ballast tanks the only other mods are weight saving in the boat. Generator removed and replaced with a better alternator on the engine. Batteries are smaller and lighter and recharged with loads of Solbian-flex solar panels. I think they may have even removed the toilet since I was last there.

 

Toilet is still there.

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Don't see any mention of Gitana 13 holding the record in the posts above? I remember seeing Gitana when I was on holidays in San Francisco at the time. Everything about that boat was huge...Lionel really was bringing a gun to a knife fight with that thing

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Boys have made it over the equator. Great reference time for a monohull

 

It IS plumbed in.

 

Said from the only person to ever use it?? ;)

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Boys have made it over the equator. Great reference time for a monohull

 

It IS plumbed in.

 

Said from the only person to ever use it?? ;)

 

Ha ha, possibly!

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There are in touch with the VG organization and are keeping an eye on the boats for sure. It will be interesting to see who they cross. They passed Recif this morning.

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LIkely to be at Cape Horn on Tuesday. As far as I understand they are in front of multi record.

 

I like this comment..

 

...5 degrees by night and the water temperature is 10 degrees. We have seen some beautiful wildlife such as albatrosses and whales. We are definitely in the southern seas.”

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Around the Horn! From Breymaier Sailing:

At 3:35 GMT today we rounded Cape Horn with Maserati on our quest to beat the Golden Route speed record.

This is 9 hours inside the mark set by the 110’ catamaran Gitana 13. Granted they waited behind the horn for 5 days for a huge low to pass by, but we are very happy nonetheless.

Rounding Cape Horn marks the halfway point of our journey and brings the question, should we see this as a glass half full or half empty moment? Have we finished half the course or do we have half still to go?

It seems fairly equal to me, but if previous experience rounding the Horn holds true, this landmark is like when you were a child and went on a long car drive for vacation; it takes forever to get there, and coming back it seems to take 5 minutes.

We are currently headed upwind in 35 knots of breeze with the storm jib and 2 reefs in the mainsail.

We will continue upwind now for a couple of days, with a constantly backing wind as we go up the Chilean coast on port tack.

The plan is to skirt between the south Pacific High and the coast, sailing downwind, which will transition into the tradewinds.

Of course we hope to be inside the Gitana mark at the Golden Gate as well, but that is another story….

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Ryan,

 

Thank you for your reports.

 

The immediacy is fantastic.

 

Good luck chasing up the west cosats.

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Ryan,

 

Thank you for your reports.

 

The immediacy is fantastic.

 

Good luck chasing up the west cosats.

 

 

DtM - just to avoid confusion, Mr Ryano is not Ryan Breymaier.

 

Ryan Breymaier is rmb on this forum. Whilst he is on the record attempt he can't get onto this site but people like Mr Ryano kindly bring the info over when they can.

 

If you want to learn more about Mr Ryano you can check this out : https://www.facebook.com/RyanOGradyForVolvoOceanRaceOnboardReporter

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Latest from http://breymaiersailing.com

 

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On board Maserati we have already left the Southern Ocean. I feel a little bit bit sad as it’s a magical place.

On the other hand, the conditions are getting easier with every mile we go to the north.

Our high speed reach to the north has ended as well. Now we are negotiating a small high pressure cell which blocks our path northwards.

We are currently on starboard tack in light winds heading west, we’ll wait for the northerly wind to shift west and allow us to tack onto port before continuing northwards.

This will happen in the form of a small frontal passage with its associated squally weather in about 12 hours. Once we tack we have another 12 hours of gradually backing winds on port, where we will end up with the A3 headed north. At that stage we should be home free, save a couple gybes till the equator.

Life onboard is organized and dried out, thanks to today’s light air. All are good onboard and we’re beginning to see the steak at the end of the tunnel so to speak.

The rhythm of watches and sleeping is only broken by repairs or light wind and has become very regular.

We are looking to be 1200 miles from San Francisco, close reaching up the NE trades on the 10th of February.

Wind has just started to pick up…… time for some stacking.

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we'll be sea-trialing the criminal mischief the week before they arrive. see if we can't schedule a little rendezvous with maserati when they're coming in. what yacht club are they going to tie up at? where should said rum and beer be stockpiled?

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Latest from onboard:

 

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“On Maserati we have caught a lucky break with the weather in the last 18

hours. The forecast was to be gybing downwind following the periphery of

the high pressure to our west in 10-13 knots of breeze, while not getting

trapped in the center of a small low pressure which formed east of the high

directly to our north.

In fact, we found a narrow corridor of wind at about 25 knots just between

the two; the low is more powerful than the models predict. After a hasty

sail change to the fractional spinnaker when the breeze suddenly picked up,

we have made a lot more miles down the track than originally anticipated.

We are now back to the masthead kite as the breeze has died off a bit, but

we still have a good 16-18, which is above the predictions, and we have made

a lot of miles in exactly the right direction as we escape the system

dominated latitudes and head north into the steady conditions of the SE

Trades.

Life looks to continue to be easy (touch wood) with downwind conditions

till north of the equator 2800 miles distant. Dawn has broken nice and

sunny, and the water is up to 20 degrees, making for pleasant conditions on

deck. We are also beginning to find fish in the sails in the morning again!

Off to move the stack forward as the breeze comes down.

ETA still right around the 15th of February”

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Haven't heard from the boys in a few days. Here's the latest:

 

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Not much to tell onboard Maserati, we are in a field of easterly winds

about 2000 miles across from north to south. It is interesting to see all

the little islands which we come near on the map, we passed 400 miles east

of Easter Island in the night, which makes me a bit jealous, I have always

wanted to go there, and sometimes think of just gybing and getting there.

(just one day with good breeze away)

We make sail changes a couple times a day, switching from the A3 under 13

knots to the A2 over that. It is important to use the tight luffed sail in

light air as the A2 is a traditional nylon asymmetric, and cannot keep up

with the changes in apparent wind as we accelerate on waves or with little

puffs. As soon as we have a steady 14 knots, the boat comes alive under A2

and you just drive off in the puffs, as we are always looking to soak to get

further west down the track.

Keeping it all interesting is the fact that the wind is from 10-16 knots,

right on the crossover between the two.

We have 1500 miles to go to the equator, and life will continue just the

same until then, a bit groundhog day.

We ran the GFS model a little while ago, and it shows us on starboard till

the finish, circumnavigating a small high at the end of the route, with wind

angles from 118 to 142 true along the whole of the next 14 days. This will

be a bit monotonous, but quick, and we are after the speed icon_smile.gif

That being said, we obviously do not put too much faith in weather modeling

out to 14 days!

We have our routine, and get a little news of the outside world from emails

to various people, always exciting to hear how things are going outside our

little space station, isolated from everything.

Otherwise, it is the same old rail talk, old girlfriends, late night bar

antics, and dreams of what we will do/eat when we arrive and for the summer

to come..”

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The latest from onboard:

 

A day away from the equator

Posted on February 5th, by admin in Maserati. No Comments

 

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At 390 miles from the Equator, we are beginning the inevitable slow down as the wind goes light. The sail configuration is still A3 and full mainsail on Maserati , and we continue to make good time along the track northwards.

Averaging around 11 knots just to the east of north, in an easterly wind which fluctuates between 7 and 9 knots, we are still able to play the small waves, and keep the boat accelerating well. It is this acceleration which makes the tight luffed sail vital, even sailing VMG downwind. The traditional asymmetric would just blow aft into the rig on every wave, whereas the A3 continues drawing well as the apparent surges forward.

All the sails are forward of the shrouds on the foredeck, to keep the transom as light as possible in the water, and to plant the bow a bit and keep the boat tracking well.

It is quiet onboard, and around us; apart from the occasional flying fish attack, it is quite peaceful outside, even the clouds which look squally are merely a knot or two more of wind. The Pacific has lived up to its name, at least the southern part. There is quite a convergence zone around 7 north, we should have some squally conditions there, perhaps our first freshwater showers since the SE trades of the Atlantic.

Otherwise the doldrums are looking a bit worse than the Atlantic crossing, with a bit wider band of calm air, but still nothing horrible, the forecast is always more than 5 knots. Our Masthead zero, even if it is on its last legs, should see us through.

The talk yesterday turned to food on arrival, and was quickly quashed, as the last thing we want to think about for 10 more days is our favorite foods, when all we have to look forward to is freeze dried. We will save that sort of conversation for the last 2 days or so.

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2nd Equator crossing done. Next milestone is the Golden Gate!

 

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This afternoon we crossed the Equator. We all had a little nip of whiskey and offered the obligatory dose for Neptune. We brought out the last of our salami, which we ate with crackers as we sat in the afternoon sun, gliding downwind on a flat sea with 8 knots of breeze, trusty A3 and Mainsail set…

We are in a mild Doldrums, but quite a large one. We will carry this light wind for another 3 days, but will not have any major stoppage.

The boat is stacked with the maximum weight forward, and we concentrate hard at the helm, usually about 2 knots faster than the wind at about 130 TWA…

After, we will have some close reaching in the traders, where we should eat the miles quickly, and the great unknown after, do we tack upwind in the high (most likely) or will we be able to ride the leading edge of a stalled low into the finish? Still 6 or 7 days till we know for sure.

2500 miles to go, ETA still around the 15th.

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The Latest and a good vid:

 

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We are sailing under a cloudy sky, with rain, but it is not the usual doldrums crossing on Maserati.. First of all, it is only about 15 degrees on deck, even though we are at 7 north, and at night it is cold and wet with enough humidity that we have to wear full foulies.

We have been sailing downwind with the A3, but have just changed to the FRO.

We We made the change because the waves from the trade winds are reaching us. Though we do not have the wind, the boat pounds into them as we sail downwind, making us a little afraid for the cuben A3… The FRO is a much stronger sail and we only lose a few degrees of depth for a lot of peace of mind.

As we transition into the trades, the wind should back from its present angle of 160 to about 70. We will switch from the fro to the J1 and start close reaching, nearly sailing upwind, into building breeze. We are seeing about 16-18 max in the grib forcasts, which will be perfect; plenty fast, and easy on the boat. It is still a mystery to what we will see near the finish; will we sail upwind in high pressure? Or will a low push the high out of the way, either leaving us downwind conditions (which would be nice), or just a mess of light air? We will know in about 5 days time.

ETA late evening the 15th or early morning on the 16th.

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This is Flying Clouds old record that stood for about a century. Back in 1979 Mike Kaine made the attempt on a Cross 55 trimaran Crusader. They were well ahead of the record when they got to Cape Horn. They got blown backwards for two weeks. When they finally got around, they were pushing hard to regain their record pace. But, at 28 knots they plowed into the back of a wave and a hound broke causing the mast to drop. They were so exhausted at that point they called for assistance from the Chillean Navy. After a harrowing transfer from the weather side of the ship, the naval commander turned around and ran over the plywood trimaran to ensure it did not become a nautical hazard.

This is no easy record.

 

Interesting story, Thanks. I understand now why this Cape Horn eastward passage is no easy thing.

 

Maserati took a westward passage, opposite of the old clipper route.

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From Wikipedia:

World record voyage to San Francisco during Gold Rush

Within six weeks of launch Flying Cloud sailed from New York and made San Francisco 'round Cape Horn in 89 days, 21 hours under the command of Captain Josiah Perkins Creesy. On 31 July, during the trip, she made 374 miles in 3 days. In 1853 she beat her own record by 13 hours, a record that stood until 1989 when the breakthrough-designed sailboat Thursday's Child completed the passage in 80 days, 20 hours.[4] The record was once again broken in 2008 by the French racing yacht Gitana 13, with a time of 43 days and 38 minutes.[5]

 

Sounds like a Westward Passage to me

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Hopefully Maserati will stay in the Bay Area long enough for folks that haven't seen a V70 to get a good look. These are very slick machines.

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Hopefully Maserati will stay in the Bay Area long enough for folks that haven't seen a V70 to get a good look. These are very slick machines.

 

It would be nice to see something that doesn't depreciate as fast as my house.

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Sailing faster than the wind is the technique by which vehicles that are powered by sails advance over the surface on which they travel faster than the wind that powers them.

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Does anybody know where in the Bay they will be?

 

Unfortunately there are not many berths in the bay for boats with 18ft draft. They will pull in to Pier 39 hopefully friday. The boat will stay there perhaps 1 day before going over to KKMI. If you want to get a closer look pm me.

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The latest.... Nothing more fun than a long beat on a VO 70

 

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We are entering into the last few days onboard Maserati, and just as at Cape Horn, we are going to make this milestone sailing upwind.

We have about 675 miles to go directly north to San Fran, and about 800 or so when you factor in the one long tack to actually get there.

We are headed about 330 for a mark that bears zero, with a wind direction of 25-40. We will continue north for 2 more days, then tack as the wind backs

into the north; hopefully we can call the layline from 200 miles out – No pressure on the navigator – ha ha!

Conditions are very nice outside, sunny, chilly, and an average of 11 knots of breeze. It makes for easy sailing under J1 and full main. Though I am

certain everyone onboard would be perfectly happy to trade the easy conditions for the chance to kick in the turbo one more time for a 25 knot reach to the finish.

However this is not to be the case, and we are left with plenty of time on our hands to think about the fact that the sugar, coffee, biscuits, and all food other than freeze dried is gone… Talk now is definitely on favorite restaurants, what we are going to eat, favorite foods, the inevitable beer, how long bars are open in SF, etc….

Eta is still the night of the 15th, local time.

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Sailing faster than the wind is the technique by which vehicles that are powered by sails advance over the surface on which they travel faster than the wind that powers them.

Correct.

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