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.
First two days of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’s Jules Verne Trophy record attempt. A wet atmosphere with big seas and heavy two-way traffic amidst the cargo ships as they slip along towards Madeira, the whole scenario commented on by one of the boat’s skippers, Franck Cammas.
Maxi Edmond de Rothschild powers through the Atlantic Ocean within 10 days to hit the 'Roaring 40s. A snap shot of day three through to nine with the Gitana Team headed up by legendary French skipper, Franck Cammas. Footage: Polaryse / Gitana Team
Gitana Team - Act 2 - Roaring Forties and Retirement
Maxi Edmond de Rothschild's attempt to break the Jules Verne record was brought to an abrupt end in the Indian Ocean not before they broke a few records and one day seven hours ahead of the current record Trophy holder. Their record attempt was stopped in its tracks when inspection of the starboa...
The Ultim Actual 3 was launched in Lorient. The monster 32m trimaran looks amazing - Yves Le Blev commented "at each launch, we say that it is the most beautiful boat we have. But this one is simple stunning…" Yves will be at the helm of this foiler alongside the Actual team very soon.
Launched in 2017 after more than three years of research and two years of construction, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is the pioneer of great trimarans designed to fly offshore. Transformed from a classic Archimedean mode, with almost 50 sqm in contact with the water, to a flying mode where the 1...