Just got this in my inbox, anyone planning to welcome them in? From the viewpoint of one who's come in under the gate a few times, I know it's awful nice to be greeted by smiles and waves. Welcome Maserati to San Francisco Bay
The New York to San Francisco sailing record is set to be broken this weekend when Maserati
sails under the Golden Gate bridge. It’s another fabulous opportunity to involve the Bay Area public in San Francisco Bay’s epic sailing heritage.
You are encouraged to invite your friends, family and customers to sail out and welcome them and participate in the on shore celebration. It is a rare opportunity to have another global sailing legend, Italian Giovani Soldini, visit our Bay and worthy of a generous Bay area turn out. Room for photographers?
If you are planning to go out on a powerboat and would have room for a photographer? If so, email outreach@sailSFBay.org
Naturally the precise time of arrival won’t be known but you can follow the action here
If you would like get more involved in organizing the welcoming festivities, inviting the local Italian community or other interested groups email outreach@sailSFBay.org
Here is more information in a recent press release. Send it out to your customers or post on your Facebook
page: Giovanni Soldini and Maserati are 730 miles from the destination. The arrival is expected on February 16th Maserati
is facing some demanding weather conditions, with light and unstable winds that force the crew to make continuous tacks and sail changes. Only 730 miles – in a direct route – separate the VOR70 from San Francisco: the arrival is now expected on February 16th.
"We are sailing close-hauled with a light, unsteady wind – says Giovanni – there are still 730 miles to go to San Francisco but that's in a direct route: there will be at least 950 if we consider all the tacking. I don't think we will arrive before February 16th because unfortunately the wind will drop a little, according to the weather forecast".
Giovanni Soldini and a crew of eight sailors aboard Maserati
left New York on December 31st, 2012 to attempt the record of the historic Golden Route (13.225 miles from New York to San Francisco, rounding Cape Horn). The time reference for the monohull category – 57 days and 3 hours – was set by Yves Parlier on board of Aquitaine Innovations
At this link
you can follow Giovanni Soldini and his team’s navigation from New York to San Francisco almost live, 24 hours a day: videos and photos sent from aboard, news and comments form the crew members. At Cartography page, the position of Maserati
is updated every hour to experience the challenge of Soldini and his team surfing from home. NEW YORK – SAN FRANCISCO RECORD STORY
The 13225 nautical miles that separate New York from San Francisco via Cape Horn, are an historic route, widely travelled by clippers that were involved in the goldrush starting from the second half of 1800. The best result of the time was set in 1854 by Flying Cloud
, exceptional vessel from the Boston shipyards, that reached San Francisco in 89 days and 21 hours, a record that stood for more than 130 years.
After several attempts by many boats, the 60-foot Thursday's Child
of Warren Luhrs arrived in San Francisco after 80 days and 20 hours in 1989. In 1994, Isabelle Autissier aboard Ecureuil Poitou
took 62 days and 5 hours. Then, in 1998, Yves Parlier on board Aquitaine Innovations
has dropped to 57 days, 3 hours, 2 minutes. This is the reference record for Giovanni Soldini and his crew who will try to beat it aboard the VOR70 Maserati
, from the second half of December 2012.
The overall record in the multihull category belongs to Lionel Lemonchois that made the journey in 43 days and 38 minutes aboard Gitana 13