Monaco to Saint-Tropez Sailing Speed Record Broken
Updated: Apr 16, 2021
A new record of the fastest sail between Monaco and Saint-Tropez was set this weekend.
Giovanni Soldini captained the Multi 70 Maserati along with a crew of five others, including Pierre Casiraghi, Vice-President of Monaco Yacht Club, to make history this Saturday 6th March.
The crew enjoyed lovely weather conditions as they set the new record at 2 hours, 25 minutes and 44 seconds, with the boat sailing at an average speed of 19.76 knots.
The yacht, which is 21.2m in length with a 16.8m beam, was greeted by the Mayor of Saint-Tropez, Sylvie Siri, when it crossed the finish line in front of the Portalet tower in the town.
Pierre Casiraghi sang the praises of Soldini after the triumph: “I am delighted to see Giovanni again. It’s always a pleasure to sail with him and test this 70- foot trimaran which has just come out of the yard. We registered speeds over 30 knots during the course, it’s just a pity the wind dropped after Cannes. I’m sure Giovanni will smash many records in the future,”.
The successful captain, Giovanni Soldini, said: “After four months of works, we made so many improvements and innovations and are now beginning a series of tests and adjustments“.
The challenge to break the ‘Wally Record’ began in 1999, launched by the Monegasque Wally yard in collaboration with the Société Nautique of Saint-Tropez. The race covers 48 nautical miles.
There is little time to rest for the yacht, as it is now to continue a four-month tour of tests and trials in the Mediterranean.