The 110 boats from different nations in the fleet then went to do battle on a particularly challenging and insidious 628-nautical mile between Sidney and Hobart.
Soldini and Maserati had been training in Australia for several months venturing forth everyday into the fearsome waters of South Pacific.
And at exactly 11:54:33 local time Maserati became the fourth craft to cross the finishing line in the 71st
Edition of the Rolex Sidney-Hobart Yacht Race.
The Italian VOR 70 covered the 628-mile distance between Australia and Tasmania in 2 days, 22 hours, 54 minutes, 33 seconds.
Line honours went to the American 100' Comanche, followed by the Australian yacht Ragamuffin and American craft Rambler.