Maserati will be on foils IF she can stay on stb tack. She'll be using an "L" foil(that works like an uptip foil) in the port ama and a "C" foil in the stb ama. She only has a rudder Tfoil in the port ama. So basic Fire Arrow Foil System on stb using the "Manta" main foil(adjustable AOI).
Storms, unstable winds and peak speeds of 38 knots. That was the situation Maserati Multi70 left in her wake as she emerged from the second night of the RORC Transatlantic Race. Now at the same longitude as Cape Verde, she is continuing her race north to catch the Trade Winds this evening.
Aboard there is great satisfaction with how Maserati Multi70 is performing on the ocean in flying trim as Giovanni Soldini confirmed this morning by sat phone (at 09.00 GMT): «The boat is doing really well: last night, we foiled for a couple of hours in complete darkness. Flying between the Atlantic waves at 33/36 knots with not even a sliver of moon was quite stressful but we’re happy with how the foils are coping with the long ocean waves».
The current weather situation in the North Atlantic (12.00 GMT) sees Maserati Multi70 still grappling with a weak N/NE airflow that doesn’t get above 15 knots. The coming hours will be pivotal for the Italian multihull which is now 170 nautical miles from the American trimaran, Phaedo3, which took the southerly route and is sailing in a 15-knot E/SE wind.
Soldini explained: «We are trying to pass a bubble with very little wind to position ourselves even further north where the Trade Winds will come in good and strong tonight. They will then stay with us for the next 500 miles as we sail west. Unfortunately, we are slower than anticipated and at south Phaedo3has more wind than we thought she’d get. But now she’ll have to go north to avoid the dead calm ahead of her. Our paths will cross in a couple of days at around 30°N and 36°W».
Presently, Maserati is about 300 miles behind Phaedo3 on her preferred foiling starboard tack and doing only about half the speed at 13 knots (compared to 26 for Phaedo3) on approximately the same SW course.
According to Maserati they have had periods over 30 knots with a peak of 38 knots. But they need 15 knots to foil and stb tack and that has not come together for very long. But when it did they were way faster than Phaedo.......
Fifth day of the race. 20.00 GMT. Close reaching, average speeds of 30 knots, peaks of 38. Maserati Multi70 flies toward the Grenada finish-line. Giovanni Soldini describes how he and the crew spent the fifth day of the RORC Transatlantic Race aboard Maserati Multi70: «An incredible day! We’re making 20/22 knots on a close reach. We flew for a couple of hours. We stuck at it for as long as possible but then when the waves got too big, we adopted wave trim. That means we are able to maintain quite considerable average speeds yet still sail Maserati Multi70 safely. We’ve managed to find the right trim for these conditions and we’re very satisfied. We’re making average speeds of around 30 knots without taking any risks or forcing anything. Every now and then, we have a stability issue with the profile of the foiling rudder when we’re going flat out at 38 knots. Sometimes bearing away, sometimes hauling windward. We’re logging some big numbers. The boat skids sideways and we have to strike all the sails, then start again very calmly after taking a couple of big deep breaths!»
Maserati Multi70 in now into day seven of racing and is expected to make landfall at Grenada between tomorrow and Sunday morning. The shore teams and organizers are already in situ preparing to welcome the two trimarans. Phaedo3 is leading the RORC Transatlantic Race fleet, 379 miles ahead of Maserati Multi70 at 8.00 GMT at with time the Italian trimaran was still 730 miles off Grenada. As Soldini explained it will be difficult to bridge the gap in the coming hours because both MOD 70 are sailing in the same wind conditions at an average speed of 22 knots. Aboard the team is taking stock of the race and the ocean-going experience. As Giovanni Soldini commented this morning: «Conditions have been fantastic over the last 24 hours: we managed to find just the right adjustments to fly downwind and the results are surprising. We’re able to get amazing angles. Maserati Multi70 takes off and then stabilises at 140° to the real wind. She starts to accelerates resting only on her L-foil, the weight-bearing surface of the T-foil rudder and the wing we have on the centerboard. It’s completely unprecedented: we’re able to bear away at 10° more and make two knots more with the L-foil. We’re definitely on the right path! This ocean has given us a super experience. We’re beginning to feel less like we’re experimenting and more at ease in getting the most from the appendages that make Maserati Multi70 a flying trimaran!»