Mini Maxis in 2015

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Following their European season debut Gaastra PalmaVela we look at what's cooking with the Maxi 72s
The Mini Maxi class has changed complexion for 2015. At last September’s AGM in Porto Cervo it was rechristened the ‘Maxi 72’, while this season there has been some musical chairs going on, with some new faces putting in an appearance but also some departures. Perhaps the saddest news is of Niklas Zennström’s withdrawal from the class, having had one of the most successful runs with his Judel Vrolijk design Rán 2, including Rolex Mini Maxi World Championship victories in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and consecutive Rolex Fastnet Race victories in 2009 and 2011. The Skype founder’s first all-conquering Mini Maxi was sold in 2013 to Italian Roberto Tomasini Grinover and rechristened Robertissima as a new JV 72, Rán 5, came on line for last season for the impeccable UK-based team. Unfortunately business commitments have required Zennström to slash his racing right back this year. Rán 5 is believed to be up for sale, and at present on the program for the Rán team this year are only the first 52 Super Series event in Valencia later this month and the TP52 World Championship aboard the new Rán TP52, although Zennström remains President of the TP52 Class Association and is still one of the three stakeholders – along with Doug DeVos and Alberto Roemmers - in the 52 Super Series circuit. While the fate of Rán 5 remains up in the air, new to the Maxi 72 fleet is her sistership MOMO, built for German Dieter Schön. Schön is known in maxi circles as owner of the silver hulled Wally-like Chrisco, in fact a 30m long Luca Brenta design, built by CNB in France in 2009. However he is also a keen Dragon sailor, having won the Worlds in 2003 and prior to the launch of his new boat he was campaigning