EBS Yachting Image Galleries ...
The EBS Yachting Media Zone is packed full of images from throughout the opening stages of this exciting campaign.

With several galleries from throughout the design and build process and more recent images from the official launch and the first sea trials of Maximus there are plenty of fresh images here for your viewing pleasure.


Proudly supporting EBS Yachting
and Maximus throughout the
2006 Rolex Sydney to Hobart
Ocean Race .




 

Thuraya Maximus Sights Set on Rolex Middle Sea

[ 20 / 10 / 2006 ]
The 26th edition Rolex Middle Sea Race on Saturday 21 October will see Thuraya Maximus line up against Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo 2 and Hasso Platner's Morning Glory maxis to sail this Mediterranean offshore classic: 607nm (977Km) anti-clockwise course around Sicily, its two active volcanoes (Etna and Stromboli) and various islands, starting and finishing at the impressive, historic Valletta Harbour.

The fleet for this year's regatta has a record breaking 66 entries of club racers and grand-priz boats. The biggest and fastest racing monohull maxi's to Swan's, Beneteau's, A40, TP52s, Volvo Ocean Race, J Class and Classic yachts will be crewed by America's Cup and top class sailors to passionate enthusiasts, bringing together prestigious names in yachting from 18 different nationalities to compete for line honours in the last regatta of the northern hemisphere season.


Conceived in the mid 1960s, it was the result of sporting rivalry between brothers John and Paul Ripard and their friend Jimmy White - an Englishman
living in Malta. The three members of the Royal Malta Yacht Club decided to set up an offshore course designed to offer an exciting race which was over
the Fastnet length (RORC's longest race) in challenging conditions. Initially attracting British Servicemen stationed in Malta and Maltese RMYC
members, it soon became a favourite of the Italians and has become one of the nine Rolex 'must do' yacht races.

A two-race inshore series kicks off the regatta on 17 & 18 October, allowing sailors to participate in the full Maltese experience of inshore racing amid
the incredible setting of the historical setting of Malta before a couple of days sightseeing or last minute preparation ready for the main off shore race itself.

Middle Sea refers to the stretch of water South and West of Sicily which is scattered with small isolated islands in the Maltese archipelago. The course
itself starts in the stunning, historical Marsamxett harbour in the port of Valletta. Taking in the Middle Sea, the course circumnavigates the island of Sicily and some of the islands in the South Tyrrhenian Sea before finishing back in Marsamxett Harbour. The rugged course is sometimes described as the
most beautiful in the world, but can prove challenging for boats and crew with changeable weather and sea conditions, last year's light winds meant
only nine boats managed to cross the finish line.

Thuraya Maximus will be hoping for stronger winds this year and should conditions be right the Course Record of 64hours, 49 minutes and 57 seconds set in 2000 by Zephyrus IV may well be up for grabs although with light winds predicted just days out from the event any realistic chance of a record breaking wind look to be fading. The official word is light southerlies of around 5 -10 knots for the start then chaning to light notherelies as teh race progresses.

Thuraya Maximus' joint Kiwi owners Charles St Clair Brown (Boat Skipper) and Bill Buckley along with their permanent crew are being joined by Paul Cayard (Whitbread winner, America's Cup finalist, Olympian and multi-World Champion USA) as principle helmsman, Matt Humphries (of Volvo Ocean Race, Fastnet, Transatlantic and Sydney Hobart fame, UK) as watch captain and Italian Crew members including Filippo Molinari and Damiano Lipani. With their strong crew line-up Thuraya Maximus will be looking to make its mark on this last Northern Hemisphere regatta of 2006 before returning leaving the Med behind for the Southern Hemisphere series.

For further press information please contact Jo Taylor Watermark Communications
T: 00447941019505 E: jo@watermark-comms.com - Photo Credit: Carlo Borlenghi/ Rolex

 
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 ]
 

[ Home | Media Room | Team EBS Yachting | The Yacht | Event Calendar | Multimedia Gallery ]
[ DVD Presentation | Sponsors & Suppliers | Contact Us ]

All imagery and content found within this site is Copyright © EBS Yachting 2004
Website Design and Maintenance - Demon Web Design.