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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.

  • 2020 RORC Caribbean 600 - Race Preview

    Episode 1

    The 12th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 starts on Monday 24th February around 11 islands off Antigua. The diverse fleet will be competing in four classes, with 74 entries sailed by over 700 crew members representing 37 nations. (CC Available)

    Video Producer: Acquafilms

  • 2020 RORC Caribbean 600 - The Start

    Episode 2

    Light air combat amongst sparkling conditions for the 12th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. 73 yachts, 37 nations and well over 700 sailors from across the globe embarked on the 600 mile offshore race around 11 Caribbean Islands.

    Video Producer: Acquafilms

  • 2020 RORC Caribbean 600 - Early Finshers

    Episode 3

    After three nights and four days of competition out on the 600nm race course, the first boats have arrived back on the docks in Antigua. Interviews with some of the early arrivals, including Multihull and Monohull Line Honours winners, and provisional class champions in the 12th edition of the RO...

  • 2020 RORC Caribbean 600 - Wrap Film

    Episode 4

    The 12th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 attracted 73 boats from 22 nations and competitors from 37 different countries The fleet was made up of professional sailors and boats, as well as corinthian amateurs who love their offshore racing. Tilmar Hansen's TP52 Outsider (GER), skippered by Bo Te...

  • The Maxi Edmond De Rothschild In Flight

    Episode 5

    With Summer turning to Autumn, it's the start of the season for Gitana Team to set sail on her first Jules Verne Trophy attempt. To mark the occasion meet Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in full flight, demonstrating her stunning stability and elegance. Stand-by begins on 1 November for the men of Gita...

  • Gitana Team - The Jules Verne Trophy - Circumnavigating The Globe

    Episode 6

    On 1 November 2020, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will officially begin it's meteorological stand-by to set sail on the Jules Verne Trophy, the round the world record under sail Launched in 2017, she is the first offshore racing maxi-trimaran designed to fly in the open ocean. And thi...

  • Gitana Team - The Jules Verne Trophy - The Rookies

    Episode 7

    Aboard the 32-metre giant, there will be a crew of six working in relay day and night in a bid to beat the current record of 40 days 23 hours and 30 minutes held by Francis Joyon and IDEC Sport since 2017. Among them, Morgan Lagravière and David Boileau. Though they hail from very different backg...

  • Gitana Team - The Whole Crew For the Jules Verne

    Episode 8

    Round the world experience, a talent for helming at very high speeds with technical knowledge of the craft could well sum up the criteria set out by Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier in putting together the crew on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. There will be six men to set sail aboard the lat...

  • Gitana Team - The Importance of Aerodynamics

    Episode 9

    "Today, the boats go so much quicker through the water, flying even… that our greatest brake comes from the air!” says Charles Caudrelier. To reduce drag, take care of the aerodynamics… to do that, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has undergone some new developments and been subject to some new modi...

  • Gitana Team - Yann Riou's Twin Role

    Episode 10

    For the past eight years, sailing and image production have been part and parcel of his everyday life. Self-taught, Yann turned the work of media man into a profession at the end of the Volvo Ocean Race 2012, which he won with Groupama. Since then, he has been skilfully recounting tales from the ...

  • Gitana Team - The Jules Verne Trophy - What is it all about?

    Episode 11

    Start and finish, time to beat, intermediate records… The Gitana Team gives you the general low-down on the round the world record under sail.

    Video Producer: Polaryse

  • Gitana Team - Helming - During This Record Attempt Every Minute Counts

    Episode 12

    Helming remains a key element in success aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. A top-flight exercise at very high speeds, steering the latest addition to the Gitana fleet at over 40 knots day and night is quite an art. It requires a great deal of concentration and lucidity as well as the opportun...

  • Gitana Team - Waiting For The Right Window Of Opportunity

    Episode 13

    From the start of November, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and her crew are officially on stand-by for their Jules Verne Trophy attempt. After a final sail offshore of Lorient, everything is ready to go aboard Gitana 17 as she awaits the moment to set sail on the 22,000 theoretical miles of the le...

  • Gitana Team - Provisions - What Does It Take To Feed The Crew For 40 Days?

    Episode 14

    The compromise between pleasure and performance.. The calculation is a simple one, yet this mission is always complicated since it’s a sensitive topic and one that is essential. 40 days at a rate of two meals per day for six people, not counting the individual breakfast portions and other snacks ...

  • Gitana Team - Jules Verne Trophy - Are You Sailing?

    Episode 15

    The crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild left the pontoon at their base in Lorient at 9:37 pm after a quick goodbye in the frost of this early autumn night. Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier, Erwan Israël, Yann Riou, Morgan Lagravière and David Boileau started their campaign to break the Jules V...

  • Gitana Team - Quick - Very Quick

    Episode 16

    Whilst the crew of the Maxi Edmund de Rothschild gets it's bearings at 35 knots in heavy seas and a good NNE'ly breeze, Yann Riou gives you an idea what the first few hours were like in their Jules Verne Trophy attempt. Recorded before Gitana retired from their current campaign due to damaged por...

  • Gitana Team - Pause To Their Jules Verne Trophy Attempt

    Episode 17

    After three days flat out on their first round the world attempt, it was over and back to base to regroup. This was due to damage occurring, when the magnificent trimaran collided with a submerged object, rendering it impossible for the crew to sail at her full potential. But they will be back......

  • Gitana Team - Jules Verne Trophy: Start of Act 2

    Episode 18

    We said they would be back - the Gitana Team have restarted their campaign to smash the Jules Verne Trophy record. Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier, Erwan Israël, Yann Riou, Morgan Lagravière and David Boileau started their campaign once again on the trimaran, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild..