Rome, - (Adnkronos) - The Maserati team, led by Giovanni Soldini, is ready to face the first challenge of 2014 in the Atlantic Ocean. On January 4, the Italian navigator and a crew of 9 people cut the starting line of the Cape2Rio, the longest race between the two continents of the southern hemisphere: 3.300 nautical miles between Table Bay, Cape Town (South Africa), and Rio de Janeiro ( Brazil). On board, together with Soldini, an international team of nine people: Italians Guido Broggi, Corrado Rossignoli and Michele Sighel; German Boris Herrmann, Spaniard Carlos Hernandez, the French Gwen and Jacques Vincent Riou, the Danish Martin Kirketerp Ibsen, and for the first time, Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco.

The Cape to Rio Yacht Race, now in its 14th edition, it is a race born in 1971, in the aftermath of the success of South African surfer Bruce Dalling in the South Atlantic Singles -handed Yacht Race 1968, which won a second place overall and first in plywood. Dalling became a national hero in South Africa and the offshore racing began to be more and more followed and practiced. The first Cape to Rio saw 59 boats at the start, including an all-female crew for the first time taking part in a race across the ocean.


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