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!