by | January 3rd, 2013
Last May, we posted about Giovanni Soldini and the Maserati Sailing Team’s attempt to break the monohull sailing record from the Ambrose Lighthouse in New York to Lizard Point off the south west coast of England. That attempt was stymied by light winds. On New Year’s Eve, Soldini and his eight man Maserati crew slipped their moorings in New York’s North Cove and quietly embarked on an attempt to break the record for sailing the 13,225 nautical miles between New York and San Francisco. In 1854, the clipper ship, Flying Cloud, reached San Francisco in 89 days and 21 hours, setting a record that stood for more than 130 years. The current record was set in 1998 by Yves Parlier sailing Aquitaine Innovations, sailing from New York to San Francisco by way of Cape Horn in 57 days, 3 hours, 2 minutes.