Milan, 2 July 2013 – Maserati S.p.A. has just announced Giovanni Soldini's next challenge at the helm of the 70 ft Maserati monohull: they will participate in the 47th Transpac Race. Together with Soldini will be a nine-member crew, including John Elkann, owner of Maserati.
The announcement was made at the Head Quarters of Ermenegildo Zegna Group in Milan, in the presence of its CEO Gildo Zegna.
The Transpac is a 2,225 mile nautical team race that runs from Los Angeles to Honolulu, open to monohulls and multihulls, with delayed starts from the 8th July according to the classes in the race. 52 boats are entered in total, 7 of which belong in the same class as Maserati.
For Maserati the start will be on July 13th. An international crew of nine people will be on board with skipper Giovanni Soldini: Guido Broggi, Boris Herrmann, Corrado Rossignoli, Jianghe "Tiger" Teng, Gwenael Riou, Carlos Hernandez, Michele Sighel and John Elkann.
The race will see the start from the cliffs of Point Fermin, San Pedro, Los Angeles, and the finish line in front of the lighthouse at Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii (East of Honolulu).
The Transpac first took place in 1906, the year of the terrible earthquake in San Francisco: it originated from the motivation of Hawaiian sailor Clarence MacFarlane who was inspired at the thought of the ancient leader of Hawaii, King Kalakaua, convinced that a race to Hawaii could strengthen economic ties and cultural relations with the mainland. The fastest ever monohull to make the journey throughout the history of the Transpac was Alfa Romeo, skippered by Neville Crichton, in 2009, with a time of 5 days, 14 hours and 36 minutes.
"First of all, I would like to thank my partners, Maserati, BSI, Generali, Vodafone and Boero, who have confirmed that next year they will again be supporting Maserati's challenges", said Giovanni Soldini. "And my thanks also go to the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, which is now part of this adventure. Maserati is in great shape. After two months' work in the boatyard in San Francisco, she is ready for a new, particularly interesting challenge since this is the first time she will be sailing in a regatta against other competitors. The crew is basically the same as that of the New York-San Francisco record, with a few new members, allowing us to form a larger group with experience of Maserati. I'm also glad that John Elkann will be on board with us: I've crossed an ocean with him, he has a great passion for sea and sailing. We're ready, we can't wait to set sail".
Updates with videos and images from the boat and a cartography with Maserati’s position will be found at www.maserati.soldini.it and on social networks: Facebook (Giovanni Soldini official page, more than 25,000 friends) and Twitter (@giovannisoldini, more than 117,000 followers; @borisherrmann).
The challenge is sponsored by Maserati, the main partner, after which the yacht is named, by Swiss bank BSI (Generali Group) and by Generali itself as co-sponsors.
MASERATI Maserati's support and participation in this major Italian challenge in sport and technology confirms the company’s role as a world ambassador for that level of excellence for which Italy is universally known. Maserati gives zealous expression to that excellence every day in 65 countries worldwide, through successful high-quality cars like the Quattroporte, GranTurismo, GranCabrio and the brand-new Ghibli. The performance of Maserati cars on the road matches that of Giovanni Soldini and Maserati on water.
BSI Bank With around 72 billion euros of asset management, BSI, one of Switzerland's oldest banks, specialises in private wealth management and offers global management with highly efficient, top-level products. BSI, entirely controlled by Generali Group, is a leading player on the main international financial markets, notably in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Generali, one of the top international insurance groups, operates in more than 60 countries, primarily in EU and other European countries, Asia and Latin America, serving more than 70 million clients. The European leader in the life segment, Generali Group manages more than €400 billion in assets.
Generali The Generali Group is one of Europe’s largest insurance providers and the biggest European life insurer, with 2012 total premium income of € 70 billion. With 80,000 employees worldwide and 65 million clients in more than 60 countries, the Group occupies a leadership position on Western European markets and an increasingly important place in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia
Official suppliers of the challenge are Zegna Sport for clothing, Vodafone Italia responsible for providing telecommunication services and developing the official website and Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A., which supplies the special paints and enamels used on the hull.
Ermenegildo Zegna Group, leader in luxury menswear, is one of the most famous business enterprises in Italy. Founded in 1910 in Trivero, in the Alps near Biella, by the young entrepreneur Ermenegildo, whose vision was to produce ethically the world's finest fabrics through innovation and by using the most precious fibres directly from their countries of origin, the company is today run by the fourth generation of the Zegna family.
Adopting a vertically integrated strategy since the 1980s, the Group has created a global luxury brand that today offers fabrics, garments and accessories. The company's development focuses on retail – mainly with direct management – and on a pioneering approach towards emerging markets, and primarily the BRICs and Asia; Zegna made a name for itself as early as 1991 as the first luxury group to open a brand-name store in China. In 2010 it celebrated its first 100 years of excellence. Today, in more than 100 countries it has 543 brand-name stores – 303 of them are directly owned – with a consolidated turnover of 1.291 billion euros in 2012. In March 2012 the Group launched ZegnArt, an independent venture focused on international collaboration in the visual arts.
Vodafone Italia is part of the Vodafone Group, one of the world's major mobile communication groups, with more than 404 million clients. Vodafone Group is in more than 30 countries and in 50 others with network partnership deals. In Italy Vodafone has around 7,500 employees, 8 Competence Centers and more than 7,000 stores.
On board Maserati there are also Eataly, suppliers to the boat’s galley, Beta Utensili, who have provided all the professional tools, Corderia Lancelin, supplier of special ropes and cables, Jeppesen for the cartography, B&G Navico for technical assistance with on-board instrumentation, Cantiere Picchiotti of La Spezia, home of Maserati on dry land, and the Port of La Spezia, home of Maserati when at sea.
For more information on Giovanni Soldini and Maserati at the TRANSPAC:
IMAGINA tel +39 02 29403573
Barbara Sanicola mobile +39 333 3905243
Umberta Croce mobile +39 335 8021171