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.
The Bajan TP52 Zingara (Conviction), chartered by Canadian Richard Reid, won the Peters & May Round Antigua Race in dramatic style. The team including Olympian and Volvo Ocean Race winner Richard Clarke, took Line Honours and the Peters & May Trophy for the overall win, after a dramatic collision...
Are you ready for 4 days of professional racing on crystal-clear waters and 4 nights of international parties? Come and join the 39th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta from February 28 - March 3, 2019!
The 2019 Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean Classic got underway in Antigua. From mighty maxis and multihulls to the vast array of cruising and racing yachts, the fleet of 76 entries from 20 different countries, was set to be one of the most diverse, the race has ever seen.
The 2019 edition of the race was the coming of age of the Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean 600. Wizard winning the overall trophy and Maserati Gran Turismo smashing the Multihull Race Record by over an hour.
39th St Maarten Heineken Regatta is over for another year - held in March hosted by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club with the motto "Serious Fun!" Racing and partying in the Caribbean - what else do you need!
Antigua Race Week 2019 - Reggae in the Park Race Day
Highlights of top racing at the 2019 Antigua Race Week - welcome to the Reggae in the Park Race Day. 20 knots of trades powered up the action for over a thousand people from 21 nations enjoying the spectacular conditions on the south coast of Antigua.