Stig - the first 'inshore' Mini Maxi

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Project manager Silvio Arrivabene gives us the tour of Alessandro Rombelli's new Mini Maxi
While Bella Mente owner Hap Fauth has been integral to the Mini Maxi class from its inception, with the launch of the Judel Vrolijk 72 Stig, new blood has arrived in the class in the form of Italian financier Alessandro Rombelli. Rombelli previously owned a Baltic 65 cruiser racer of the same name which he campaigned at past Maxi Yacht Rolex Cups. However since then Rombelli has become increasingly absorbed by racing. Last year he campaigned a Melges 20 and in December won the class’ Gold Cup in Miami ahead of top Melges sailor and fellow countryman Luca Lalli of B-Lin Sailing fame. “Since we developed the 65, I started to become more and more intrigued with racing in one designs,” Rombelli explains. “I normally race on a Melges 20 and I have become less and less interested in handicap racing. Handicap racing sometimes gives results that are difficult to explain, so we prefer to race in a more or less one design box rule type of situation, which is the situation now with the Mini Maxis.” Or at least the 72ft Mini Maxis. An interesting aspect to the new Stig is that she is the first grand prix race boat to have been built by Baltic Yachts since the 1990s. While the yard in Finland is a now a giant among superyacht builders – for example they built the 236ft Hetairos, the world’s largest composite yacht - their origins back in the 1970s lie in production boats and one-off race boats including the likes of the iPunkt Admiral’s Cupper and the Finnish Whitbread maxi Martella. Baltic was clearly keen to try their hand at a race boat again as they took back the previous Stig as part of the deal with Rombelli to build his new one. In addition to allowing them