Wharington on track

New OZ maxi to launch in August

Wednesday June 4th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Australasia
The largest ocean racing yacht ever built in Australia, a 30 metre super maxi for Victorian yachtsman Grant Wharington, will contest this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

This most innovative of Wharington’s line of fast boats named Wild Thing is under construction at Mornington, Victoria, and is due to be launched in late August.

At 30m (100 feet) length overall (LOA), the new Wild Thing will have a state-of-the-art canting keel and will just fit within the maximum LOA and IRC upper handicap limit imposed by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

“Line honours in the 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is our goal,” Wharington said today. With his previous Wild Things Wharington has had a second, a third and a fourth over the line. “I believe this race is the ultimate challenge in Australian yachting today and, as an Australian and a patriot, the winning would be even sweeter.”

“Our maxi is a truly ‘Australian made’ product. We have ordered our D4 sails from Doyle Fraser sails, we have an Australian rig and, of course, an Australian builder in Mal Hart and designer in Don Jones,” he said.

The hull, which is now at an advanced state of construction, is moulded in unidirectional carbon/aramid over an end-grain balsa core. The boat will have a 15/16 fractional rig with non-overlapping headsails, with optional sloop/cutter rig. The mast is being built by Applied Composites in Melbourne.

After launching and rigging the new Wild Thing in Melbourne in late August,
Wharington and his crew plan to extensively test the boat and sails in Bass Strait and southern Tasmanian waters before bring the super maxi to Sydney in December.

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