Jethou gets turboed

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Sir Peter Ogden's Mini Maxi is now longer with a new mast and an interesting boom
Sir Peter Ogden’s Mini Maxi Jethou is having her first regatta of the season at the Mapfre Palmavela. This comes after the boat was lengthened and had a general turbo-ing, including the fitting of a new rig over the winter. “Obviously the boat is in its fourth season now and Peter wants to continue to improve and work on the development of the boat and making the boat go as quickly as possible,” says Ian Budgen, who this year has moved onto main sheet on the black Judel Vrolijk design, having been displaced from his previous role as tactician by none other than the silver fox himself, Brad Butterworth. “With Brad’s involvement with the program we have used his good relationship with Vrolijks in order to look at the characteristics of the boat and make some changes over the winter.” Most noticeable is that the boat has been lengthened from 60ft with the addition of a 600mm long scoop on the transom. Rig height has also been increased by 1.4m with a new spar fitted from Southern Spars and a new sail wardrobe to go with hit. “Basically, Brad felt and we felt we were short of sail area, so we opted to increase the rig height,” says Budgen. Unfortunately on the delivery from the boat’s winter base in Cogolin to Palma, the boom broke and so last week the crew were scrabbling around to find a replacement as well as investigating options to repair the original. However the former option magnificently came to fruition when their ex-Mini sailor and ex-Victory Challenge mid-bowman, Tobias Hochreutener, came up with a solution. Now working for Future Fibres in Valencia, Hochreutener figured that the boom from one of the Sweden Version 5 boats might fit. According to Budgen: “He did some digging and thought that the Victory Challenge