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A New Lease of Life

[ 19 / 04 / 2007 ]

Since the unfortunate events of the last Sydney Hobart race, Maximus has returned to Auckland to where it all began 2 years ago. She now awaits a much awaited refit and turbo charge that is sure to give her, to put it lightly, a new lease of life!!

The planned modifications to the yacht will include Significant alterations to the configuration of all components! The exact details of the alterations are still in the process of being designed however it is safe to say that the end result will be a lighter yacht, with a considerably greater power to weight ratio, a more efficient appendage package and more effective sailing systems. All in all Maximus will be faster, safer and more user friendly than ever before!!

The refit is to take place in Auckland over the southern winter with the goal of being on the water in September 07 and on the start line of the 2007 Rolex Sydney – Hobart race.

Stay tuned for more updates of the refit!

 

Sydney Hobart Disaster for Maximus

[ 22 / 01 / 2007 ]

At approx 3 am on Wednesday the 27th of Dec 2006 whilst competing in the Rolex Sydney – Hobart race in what could be described as moderate to mild weather conditions, the forestay of the mast on Maximus separated from the mast resulting in a catastrophic rig failure in which the 40m wing mast fell directly back into the cockpit injuring 5 crew members.

The crew took immediate action to ensure the injured crew members were properly cared for and an airlift for 3 people was arranged for 1st light as the severity of the injuries could not be ascertained without the help of medical professionals.

The crew stabilized the remaining mast section and cut away all the loose rigging to prevent further damage to the vessel then began the motor back to Sydney under her own steam.

The mast fell to the deck in one piece and subsequently broke in the water when stay tension was lost. The cause of the failure is yet to be determined.

The injured crew members are all recovering well and thankfully the injuries eventuated to be of a less serious nature than was first reported with cracked ribs and bad bruising and strains.

The disappointment for the crew and owners is immense as a lot of work and modifications including new sails had been performed on the boat and the conditions were perfect for Maximus The race was setting up to be a real match race with Wild Oats XI with whom we were trading positions frequently prior to the failure.

Maximus has since been hauled from the water at the Noakes North Sydney yard where she will undergo some repairs and be delivered by ship back to Auckland, NZ near the end of February, where she will undergo more repairs and modifications to the hull, foils and systems to improve her performance around the board. A new rig will eventually be stepped and is likely to be a significantly different concept to the previous mast.

Stay tuned for more updates!

 

13.5 Knots - First Watch Takes A Break

[ 26 / 12 / 2006 ]

oday we went outside the heads for about 5 hours of sail testing. An early start today as we left the dock at 9am to head out through the Heads to do some sail testing. With a crew of 23 we have two watches for the race and today we ran through the drills of putting reefs ... [ read on ]

Full Race Start Run Through

[ 25 / 12 / 2006 ]

Practice for pre start and the run up the harbour and out the Heads..... Its 5pm on Christmas Day and ive enjoyed a relaxing day with my family looking forward to the race tomorrow while the rest of the crew had Christmas Lunch at a private home overlooking the Sydney ... [ read on ]

 
Media Room Archives ...
[ 20 / 10 / 2006 ]

Thuraya Maximus Sights Set on Rolex Middle Sea ...........................................................................................................

[ read article ]
[ 10 / 10 / 2006 ]

Le Frustrazione della Trieste! ............................................................................................................................................

[ read article ]
[ 21 / 09 / 2006 ] Paul Cayard Joins Maximus .............................................................................................................................................. [ read article ]
[ 09 / 09 / 2006 ]

Blow Out The Cobwebs Not Batten Down The Hatches .................................................................................................

[ read article ]
[ 08 / 09 / 2006 ]

Spreading your Wild Oats .................................................................................................................................................

[ read article ]
[ 06 / 09 / 2006 ]

Maxi Worlds, Minimum Wind ..............................................................................................................................................

[ read article ]
[ 05 / 09 / 2006 ] More Light Conditions For Day Two .................................................................................................................................. [ read article ]
[ 04 / 09 / 2006 ]

Light Winds Make Heavy Work For Maximus ....................................................................................................................

[ read article ]
[ 03 / 09 / 2006 ] The Worlds Best Gather In Sardinia .................................................................................................................................. [ read article ]
[ 04 / 08 / 2006 ] An Interview With The Maximus Record-Breakers ........................................................................................................... [ read article ]

[ more archived news ]
 

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