But this is a race too and while many cruising boats are having problems the racing boats and performance cruisers are way ahead. The first is without any Surprise Maserati, a VOR 70, the second, at some distance is Scarlet Runner, an interesting performance cruiser (Reichel&Pugh designed), like a kind of TP 52 with a cruising interior, followed by an old Open 60. Not very far a 40class racer that is being double handed
Maserati is not only a VOR70 but a tuned up one. Its performance should be a lot better than the usual VOR-performance.
I mean it is not a racer designed for transats and even if it is an offshore boat is designed for regattas on more coastal conditions, in fact it was specifically designed for the Tour the France and it is showing that it could not only take the conditions that made much bigger cruisers went for shelter as it is going like a rocket: The Archambault M34, designed few years ago by Joubert-Nivelt-Mercier. This racer (Volvo add on the spi):
If you read reviews from TdF sailors it is fast but crap to sail...
This video taken yesterday on board Maserati show the conditions they have taken. Not very impressive aboard a VOR 70, but these boats are very seaworthy (and big).
Maserati was so fast it was ahead of the worst weather. They had 40kn but never 60 as its followers had...