During these mild winter nights in Monaco, on 23rd and 24th of January, Maserati organized a truly exclusive event dedicated to a select number of guests. A unique opportunity to sail onboard the breath-taking, ultra hi-tech 70ft Maserati VOR70, a monohull skippered by Giovanni Soldini and his crew.
Aside from the exhilarating sea experience, while on ground, the guests also had an opportunity to drive the latest and greatest models of Maserati cars through the streets of our Principality.
Invited by one of the partners of this event, Ermenegildo Zegna, we had the pleasure to attend the exclusive, invitation only, Gala dinner held at one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world, the authentic Yacht Club de Monaco.
Skipper Giovanni Soldini, shared his own experience just before the dinner, talking about his passion on sailing and performance. With more than 20 years experience across the oceans, he has not only participated in two single-handed “around-the-world” races, but also set new records aboard Maserati, sailing from New York to Francisco in 47 days, 42 minutes and 29 seconds.
I had the chance to talk to Giovanni, asking him what has been the best memory of such a race. “Definitely the arrival” he said, considering the abundance of emotions, the sense of accomplishment and of course the inevitable, exploding bottles of Champagne.
In addition to the charming Yacht Club atmosphere, I also enjoyed the thrilling exhibition of Maserati boats and cars. A unique display area for Maserati including the limited edition “Car Port” created by Frigerio Living, entirely made in Italy with sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials, all autographed by Giovanni Soldini himself.
The Gala dinner was a tasteful experience, with a Menu especially created for “Maserati Drive & Sail” by the renowned Italian star-chef Moreno Cedroni. To further attest to his 2 Michelin stars, the chef prepared an energetic and refined dinner representing the best of the Italian flair and creative cooking skills. I must admit I really enjoyed all the flavors, and as a wine connoisseur, I was all the more impressed by the high quality selection of fine wines that matched the refined courses.
Now, for my fashion crew out there, this event was a perfect occasion to wear one ultra exclusive timepiece: the Mont Blanc Timewalker Twinfly Chrono in black Titanium, limited edition to 300 pieces. This automatic Flyback Chronograph is indeed one of the greatest watches I have worn. Both sportive and elegant with its black finish, the watch is not only aesthetically appealing but also very light and comfortable to wear. Typically, my type of watch!
And so… as we all sailed through the night, Maserati offered us a one of a kind experience, with great sensations and the occasion to talk, share experiences and soak up the atmosphere with a stellar performer of the Ocean himself, Giovanni Soldini. Remarkable company, great memories!
Executive Producer, Director, AuthorTom Claeren
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