New lease of life for the Maxi class


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Luca Bassani and Paolo Massarini tell us about the new WallyCento box rule maxi
The 100ft supermaxi class (or the ‘maxi’ class as they were redefined last September) has been stagnating a little over recent seasons with no new builds since Speedboat (now Rambler 100) was launched in 2008, with Alfa Romeo owner Neville Crichton, one of the main drivers of the class, temporarily out of it and these ultimate examples of racing monohull rarely all in the same place at the same time. Traditionally the greatest gathering of 100 footers was annually in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, after all it was the CYCA that set the 100ft maximum length limit for their race. But these days only three or four maxis typically wend their way south each Boxing Day. Meanwhile Mike Slade’s ICAP Leopard, George David’s Rambler 100 and vaguely in the same part of ocean, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s Dubois 90 Genuine Risk, have been at each other’s throats throughout the season so far, but in the Caribbean. Rambler and Leopard are set to continue the competition in the Transatlantic Race 2011, setting off from Newport on 3 July and will then line-up again in this year’s incredible Rolex Fastnet Race. Meanwhile Genuine Risk is believed to be entered in July’s Gotland Rund up in Sweden by Hugo Stenbeck, Team Principal of Victory Challenge. If any of these boats make it to the Maxi Worlds in Sardinia in September then they will meet the former Alfa Romeo, now Esimit Europa 2. But from 2013 the maxi class will see some new competition. When it was first formally announced in February, it seemed that the WallyCento was a kind of repackaged Wally 100. Not so. The Wally 100 is not a model you buy from Wally but a boat you have designed and built that must comply with a new Wally-created box rule. The result

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