Maxi

Maxi

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The term maxi originated with the International Offshore Rule (IOR) rating system, which in the 1970s and 1980s measured offshore racing yachts and applied a single-number rating to each boat. This number was approximately equal to the sailing waterline length in feet, plus or minus speed enhancing or reducing factors in the design. A yacht with a rating of 40 feet (12 m) was generally about 47 to 52 feet (14 to 16 m) in length overall. The IOR had upper and lower rating limits of 16 feet (4.9 m) and 70 feet (21 m), so a yacht designed and built to exceed the maximum limit of 70 feet (21 m) rating was known as a maxi.

For the 2009 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia increased the IRC rating upper limit for length of hull from 98 ft to 100 ft, and most 98 ft yachts have been lengthened to this size. In order to achieve higher speeds, Maxi yachts were early adopters of modern materials and technologies such as carbonfiber, thermoformed sails, rotating wingmasts, water ballasts and canting keels. Previous smaller Maxi yachts are still raced with corrected time class victories in mind whilst the 72 ft “mini-maxi” yachts now have a class of their own.

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  • Land Rover Sydney to Gold Coast 2016 - Size Doesn't Matter

    Episode 1

    Courtesy of 18 Footers TV team - Bob Killick (Killo) and Warwick Rooklyn guide you through the start of the Land Rover Sydney to Gold Coast 2016 race. Stunning footage of the Super Maxi's Scallywag and Wild Oats dancing around the startline with TP52's being dwarfed by them both. Size doesn't mat...

  • 2016 RORC Caribbean 600 - Prestart Highlights

    Episode 2

    The 2016 RORC Caribbean 600 - Prestart Highlight video - with seventy super, Maxi, Maxi72, MOD 70 yachts participating, including some of the world's best known racing teams, the 8th edition of this wonderful race is about to get underway. Interviews, preparation and practice action from Antigua....

  • 2016 RORC Caribbean 600 - Start Highlights

    Episode 3

    Start highlights from the 8th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 with seventy yachts from around the world and some of the top racing teams competing. Aerials at the start off Fort Charlotte, Antigua and at the Barbuda mark. Comanche, the MOD 70's Phaedo and Concise and a fantastic Mini Maxi group...

  • 2016 RORC Caribbean 600 - First Finishers

    Episode 4

    Hear what the crews on the fastest yachts have to say about the 2016 RORC Caribbean 60 race. A new course record for Phaedo 3, a near record for Comanche and Bella Mente is forced to retire, plus a look at Brunel rounding the deserted island of Redonda - the last mark rounding in the race.

    Vi...

  • 2016 RORC Caribbean 600 - Wrap Up

    Episode 5

    70 Boats from, 30 Different countries, 600 Nautical Miles, 11 Caribbean Islands 1 Amazing Race. The RORC Caribbean 600 started from Antigua on Monday 22nd February 2016. The 600nm course circumnavigates eleven Caribbean Islands starting from Fort Charlotte, English Harbour, Antigua and heads nort...

  • Antigua Sailing Week 2016 - Round Antigua Race

    Episode 6

    Antigua Sailing Week 2016 kicks off with a windy trip around Antigua. Ian Walker on the TP52, Gladiator, leads a fleet of 42 yachts and onboard footage with Zig Zag.

    Video Producer: Acquafilms

  • Antigua Sailing Week 2016 - Race Day 1

    Episode 7

    Living the dream at the 49th Antigua Sailing Week. Check out the festival, competition and fun with over 100 entries.

    Video Producer: Acquafilms

  • Antigua Sailing Week 2016 - Race Day 3

    Episode 8

    This 49th anniversary of the regatta welcomes competitors from over 20 countries. With only 12 knots of wind the unbeaten El Ocaso, Gladiator & Gypsy U-go battle to stay on top in their respective classes.

    Video Producer: Acquafilms

  • Les Voiles de St Barth 2016 - Day For Close Matches

    Episode 9

    Les Voiles de St Barth 2016 - Day For Close Matches - The multiclass Caribbean yacht regatta combining extreme competitive racing with the best french hospitality St Barth has to offer - Les Voiles de St Barth is growing into the premier West Indies super yacht event. Celebrating it's 6th anniver...

  • Antigua Sailing Week 2016 - Race Day 4

    Episode 10

    Back To The Future - record breaker Antigua Sailing Week 1979 winner Kialoa III has returned to reclaim her glory. Get on board for a sail on this historical racing yacht.

    Video Producer: Acquafilms

  • Les Voiles de St Barth 2016 - The Final Tack

    Episode 11

    Veuve Clicquot team are out on the water to bring the sparkle to the winners on the final day of racing at the 6th Voiles de St Barth. The multiclass Caribbean yacht regatta combining extreme competitive racing with the best french hospitality St Barth has to offer - Les Voiles de St Barth is gro...

  • Les Voiles de St Barth 2016 - Wrap Up - The Best Of Times

    Episode 12

    The Best of Les Voiles de St. Barth 2016 summarized in a few magical minutes. The multiclass Caribbean yacht regatta combining extreme competitive racing with the best french hospitality St Barth has to offer - Les Voiles de St Barth is growing into the premier West Indies super yacht event. Cele...

  • Les Voiles de St Barth 2016 - Full Of Finesse - 24 to 100 Feet

    Episode 13

    6th Les Voiles de St Barth - It's time to watch where you step on the water with 24 to 100 foot yachts steaming across the start lines...The multiclass Caribbean yacht regatta combining extreme competitive racing with the best french hospitality St Barth has to offer - Les Voiles de St Barth is g...