Inside the whopper

A guided tour to Bob Oatley's Rolex Sydney Hobart winner Wild Oats XI, plus a wander down the dock in Porto Cervo at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
Thedailysail was fortunate enough to be in Porto Cervo last week for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, where we were able to oggle at one of the most formidable line-ups of sailing hardware from superyachts such as Adela and Heteiros to the numerous futuristic-looking Wallys to race boats such as the J Velsheda, the Reichel-Pugh supermaxis Alfa Romeo and Wild Oats XI and their rivals, Hasso Plattner's maxZ86 Morning Glory and Charles Brown and Bill Buckley's Maximus. In this video clip we take a wander along the dock....(25MB file) The main attraction in the racing division at the Maxi Worlds was of course the Alfa v Oats showdown. In this clip regular crewman Troy Tindell shows us from the bow to the mast on Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI and explains some of the systems and big gear they use on board. Wild Oats and Alfa Romeo are both CBTF boats and Troy explains the different ways they use the forward rudder. Click here to view. (34MB file) In this clip we move further back down to the boat and look at Wild Oats' rig and cockpit arrangement. Both Reichel-Pugh maxis use hydraulic winches and the systems on board to handle this are complex. Click here to view this clip. (40MB file) Down below Wild Oats is enormous. Her canting keel arrangement involves a single ram and this is on display through a perspex casing. Troy guides us through the systems and the chart table and their kite packing system. Click here to view this clip. (41MB file) NB: These clips are formatted to play in Windows Media Player and are BIG - therefore only suitable for those with broadband connections. Mac users can now view WMV files by downloading a suitable add on to Quicktime - we for example use Flip4Mac which works a