Yacht sets record from New York to San Francisco

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Associated Press

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A racing yacht named after one of the world's fastest cars has sailed into San Francisco Bay in what organizers say is the fastest passage of a single-hulled sailing vessel from New York to San Francisco.

The 70-foot Maserati sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge late this morning, 47 days after pulling out of New York City.

The trip covered more than 13,000 miles in what sailors have said for centuries is one of the most challenging sailing journeys in the world.

The eight-member crew of the Maserati -- led by its Italian skipper 47-year-old Giovanni Soldini -- left New York City on New Year's Eve.

Though calm winds late yesterday pushed back the vessel's expected arrival by a few hours, organizers say the crew easily beat the most recent record of 57 days set in 1998.

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