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UPDATE: It is no longer if they can – they fucking did it! Mighty Merloe was first to finish at 17:03 HST, smashing the elapsed time record! Pictures coming asap!

If the Mighty Merloe can hold off her much newer (and theoretically much quicker) Transpac competition for another half a day, her crew will have pulled off the greatest upset of the year in offshore racing.  H.L. Enloe’s 2004 vintage ORMA-60 gives away 10 feet in length and the better part of a decade in boat design to the 70s – the foiling Maserati and the multiple-record-setting Phaedo – but that doesn’t seem to be bothering Merloe.  She sits on 29 knots with just 345 NM to the finish line, and once again our man crush grows for the indomitable Loick “lo-lo” Peyron (enlisted for the trip along with French tri superstars Jacques Vincent and Franck Proffit). And navigator Artie Means is showing what we already knew – the boy can play.

In other news, the boat that weighs and costs more than the entire multihull fleet combined sits a day back.  Chat about the Transpac here.

July 10th, 2017 by admin

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Lloyd Thornburg’s mighty MOD 70 Phaedo was well on her way to the rare triple victory in the Rolex Middle Sea Race last night, with a big lead over Giovanni Soldini’s non-foiling (for-the-moment) Maserati and what appeared to be a couple of hours in hand on the outright race record of a hair under two days. And then they did something you almost never, ever see at this level: They sailed around the wrong mark, costing Phaedo the win, the all-important record, and plenty of embarrassment.  Phaedo co-Skipper Brian Thompson wrote to organizers that “we scored an ‘own goal'”, allowing Soldini and his crew (which includes Monaco’s prince and playboy Pierre Casiraghi) to easily win the race despite their boat problems on the delivery to Malta.

Phaedo is just about finished, while Maserati is likely showered, shaved, and already on the piss.  You can play back the tracker yourself to watch the gaffe unfold (or watch the slower boats still competing), or just watch the GIF above for the money shot.

Results will be updated here.

 

October 24th, 2016 by admin

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Giovanni Soldini is at it yet again, taking some of the world’s best young ocean racers on yet another record attempt – this time from San Fran to China on one of the old clipper routes, aboard the turbo VO70 Maserati.  We love what Gio’s doing, and with Luna Rossa gone from the world stage, he’s pretty much the only Italian left at the very top end of professional racing.  We’ve got our fingers crossed that Soldini’s campaign has been a precursor for something much more important than hunting century-old square rigger records: We (and Italy) need a real Italian team to cheer for in the Cup, the Volvo, or the Vendee.

The title for this piece comes not from the record-setting clipper that Maserati’s chasing; it comes from the best movie ever (for Halle Berry fans, anyway)  Jen Edney photo.

May 11th, 2015 by admin

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