Super maxi

For new maxis like Neville Crichton's new Shockwave designer Jim Pugh says they have thrown away the rule book
Owner Neville Crichton with his latest Shockwave Once upon a time it seemed that if you read about a new maxi it would inevitably be a Farr design. Today when it comes to big racing monohulls the San Diego design house of Reichel Pugh are becoming the dominant force in this market. They recently scored a success when their Zephyrus V, the first of the new generation maxZ86 super sleds beat the giant Mari Cha III in the Pacific Cup. Their latest creation to hit the water is the new Shockwave for Sydney-based Kiwi car importer and yachtsman Neville Crichton. This new 90 footer will make her debut at the Hahn Premium Race Week at Hamilton Island in North Queensland mid-August. From there she will be the force to be reckoned with in December's Sydney-Hobart race. For the the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's famous annual flight south she rates at 1.600, the maximum allowed under their rules. "I am very confident that I now have the boat capable of winning line honours in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart," commented Crichton, for whom this is his sixth Shockwave - his previous boats included a Two Ton Cup winner, top Admiral's Cup yacht in 1983, as well as others which have competed in the Kenwood Cup, the Southern Cross Cup and the San Francisco Big Boat Series. He also regularly sails in the Farr 40 circuit with his Team Shockwave. After the Hobart race, the new Shockwave take part in the Millenium Cup during the America's Cup in Auckland before heading for the northern hemisphere where she will do the usual circuit of the Bermuda Race, the Fastnet and the Round Gotland. However she will also take part in next year's big transatlantic race, the Daimler Chrysler Transatlantic Race from