Speed-sailing team declines record

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At 7:50 a.m. ET Monday morning, the Maserati racing yacht reached the Ambrose light station in New York City, the destination point of the Miami-New York record attempt.

Skipper Giovanni Soldini and his team decided 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, but 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 (U.K.) 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."

The record attempt can be followed live on Giovanni Soldini and Maserati's website at www.maserati.soldini.it.