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Sin on Wheels

After smashing the existing monohull sailing record from New York to San Francisco, the turboed Volvo 70 Maserati has hauled out at the KKMI boatyard in Richmond. Having sailed some 30,000 miles since their last haul out, the boat is in need of a full check and service.

The team started by pulling the massive carbon fiber mast and sending their carbon standing rigging back to Southern Spars in Newport, RI for an inspection. With some 75,000 miles logged on it, this standing rigging has seen more miles than any other set of hard carbon rigging on the planet! During their historic NY-SF record run, a defective pocket allowed a batten to push through the mast, so the team had the rig ultrasounded and sent the info back to Southern Spars.

After finishing their work on the mast, the Maserati team will drop the keel and rudders, service all hydraulics and bearings, and prep the boat for this summer’s TransPac Race, which they’ll follow up with a run all the way to Hong Kong. The team expects to be hauled out for 6-8 weeks before they relaunch and start promotional sailing.

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Among the things that cruisers will learn about during our Vallarta YC Send-Off Party this afternoon, is the warm Polynesian welcome they’ll receive in the islands.