[Source: Maserati] Maserati ready to challenge the New York-San Francisco record. Maserati’s departure towards San Francisco is expected tomorrow, on Monday 31st December, around 18pm (Italy time). Giovanni and Maserati’s team are expected to sail 13225 miles by Cape Horn in less than 57 days, 3 hours and 2 minuts (record by Yves Parlier with Aquitaine Innovations).
Boris Herrmann – navigator of Maserati – explains the weather conditions: “We are ready. Everything is prepared to leave tomorrow. Even the inside stacking is sorted and optimized for the upcoming weather: Everything movable in the boat has been stored to the starboard side and aft to help the boats’ righting moment with the expected winds from starboard in the next couple of days. In fact we expect strong westerly winds till the 3rd of january which makes this is a great moment for us to start the big “Gold-Route” – record around America. We plan to start tomorrow (monday) in the morning local time. Once we pass the famous “Ambrose Light Buoy”, the official record start line, it will be 6 pm in Europe.
We will be steering a general course of around 110 degrees – heading southeast – pushed along downwind in 30 to 35 knots and some increasing sea state. What a great way of welcoming 2013! Fingers crossed we wont have ice and snow for the start.
2nd of January we can expect to sail 150 or 200 miles north of Bermuda and getting rolled over by a strong cold front later that same day. At this point we will likely see some gusts up to 40 knots and wave heights up to 5,5 meters. After 3 days of power reaching we will be approaching a high pressure zone with diminishing winds. Already much warmer conditions by then will make forget the coldness of the north.
If everything goes to plan and we make it through the transition zone of the high pressure quickly, we will catch he trade winds at the end of day 5 and pick up speed again this time in much more pleasant conditions.
If the scenario sticks together we will be already close to the equator by day nine: The trade winds are well established and far north. All depends on how we get through the high pressure transition on the 4th/5th january and how we get through the doldrums…”.