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  • Side By Side Comparison of the 5 Super Maxis

    The online publication byFran├žois Chevalier & Jacques Taglang
    has produced a very succinct side by side comparison of the 5 Super Maxi's lined up to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart...Here is a smidge of the article!

    "Five IRC supermaxis (measuring 100ft, or 30.48m, in length), out a decade-record of 118 sailing yachts, have signed up to enter the seventieth Sydney to Hobart race in Australia on Boxing Day. Among these is the brand new 100ft American raider Comanche, designed by French designers VPLP and Guillaume Verdier.

    Launched on September 27th, 2014, at the Hodgdon shipyard in Boothbay, ME, Comanche received her keel and Southern Spars rig in Newport and only had the time for a trial sail to Charleston, SC, where she was boarded on a container ship destined to Sydney.

    She was commissioned for Dr. Jim Clark, the founder of Silicon graphics and Netscape, who hopes to collect some silverware and break offshore records: She will be entered in the Sydney-Hobart, the Fastnet, the New York-Bermuda, the Transatlantic and Transpac races. She is also hoped to break the 24-hour record, the transatlantic monohull record (currently held by Mari-Cha IV at 6 days, 17 hours and 21 minutes). Potentially a circumnavigation record is also envisaged. Her skipper Ken Read, president of North Sails, said that "she is not made to race around the buoys".

    It took the Hodgdon shipyard barely twelve months to build the largest pre-preg carbon fiber yacht in the USA. The choice of the yacht's designers, VPLP and Guillaume Verdier, was largely due to their stellar track record in the 60ft IMOCA circuit. "

    The new Loyal was designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian who developed an enlarged Volvo Open 70ft. When she was launched in 2008, she appeared extreme, whereas in comparison to the brand new Comanche, she is much narrower, slightly heavier and carries less sail area. Half the yacht's weight is located in the bulb which is swung to windward in a heel (In the 2011 Fastnet race her bulb detached and the yacht capsized, triggering a much publicized rescue operation). In strengthening winds, 8,000 litres of seawater can be pumped into the lateral liquid ballast tanks, providing her with a greater righting moment than any of her older competitors. Her planing ability in downwind conditions provide an exceptional speed potential."

    "Born on the draftboarts of Andrew Dovell, the new Ragamuffin 100 has just left the Cookson shipyard. Christened on December 2nd, 2014, she is a versatile compromise incorporating the very latest thinking and technology, designed to perform well in all weather conditions, unlike Perpetual Loyal and Comanche, and should be very capable in the light airs that often linger on either side of the Bass straight in Sydney or Storm Bay. She features a hard chine bilge, a moderately wide beam, a short, very flush waterline, a centered deck plan with helm stations located far forward as well as large liquid ballast tanks to adjust the pitch angle or improve the righting moment".

    "Built in New Zealand in 2003, Zana has been rechristened to Rio 100 this year, following significant modifications carried out at the Cookson shipyard under the supervision of yacht designer Brett Bakewell-White and her skipper Keith Kilpatrick. She was cut in two amidships, widened on her stern, lightened and fitted with twin rudders. "

    "Launched three weeks before the 2005 Sydney-Hobart race, Wild Oats XI proved to be an immediate success. She is tied for the record for the most line honours victories in the Sydney-Hobart (7 out of 9 participations), two of which also claimed overall victories and set new records.

    Originally a Canting Keel Twin-Foil (featuring a forward canard), Wild Oats XI has since undergone continuous appendage modifications. Her tendency to nosedive in rough waters still limited her speed potential, so a solution licensed from Dynamic Stability Systems was developed and tested during the 2013 Hamilton Island Race Week. It consists of a lateral retractable foil, located just below the waterline that extends horizontally amidships. The thick carbon fiber foil measures 55cm along the chord; originally it extended 275cm outside the hull, but it has recently been lengthened. It is deployed on the leeward side to generate vertical lift and relieve the bow by adding buoyancy on the forward section and provide a better planing ability."

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  • #2
    The Particulars!



    100ft IRC supermaxi sloop
    Designers: VPLP & Guillaume Verdier
    Builder: Hodgdon Yachts, ME
    Christened: September 27th, 2014
    Hull Length: 30.46m
    Load Waterline Length: 30.25m
    Beam: 7.85m
    Draught: 6.67m
    Air draught: 45.75m
    Bowsprit: 3.70m
    Displacement: 29;5 metric tonnes
    Mainsail area: 410sqm
    Upwind sail area: 760sqm
    Maximum downwind sail area: 1,400sqm

    Wild Oats XI

    100ft IRC supermaxi sloop
    Designer: John Reichel/Jim Pugh
    Builder: McConaghy's, AUS
    Christened: December 2nd, 2005
    Length: 30.48m
    Load Waterline Length: 29.40m
    Beam: 5.10m
    Air draught: 44.00m
    Draught: 5.94m
    Bowsprit: 3.50m
    Displacement:32 metric tonnes
    Mainsail area: 390sqm
    Upwind sail area: 630sqm
    Maximum downwind sail area: 1,250sqm

    Perpetual Loyal (formerly Rambler 100, formerly Virgin Money, formerly Speedboat)

    100ft IRC supermaxi sloop
    Designer: Juan Kouyoumdjian
    Builder: Cookson Boats, NZ
    Launch date: April 17th, 2008
    Length: 30.48m
    Load Waterline Length: 29.99m
    Beam: 7.35m
    Draught: 6.22m
    Air draught: 47.00m
    Bowsprit: 5.00m
    Displacement: 30.6 metric tonnes
    Ballast: 8 metric tonnes
    Mainsail area: 375sqm
    Upwind sail area: 660sqm
    Maximum downwind sail area: 1,340sqm

    Ragamuffin 100
    100ft IRC supermaxi sloop
    Designer: Andrew Dovell
    Builder: Cookson Boats, NZ
    Launch date: December 2nd, 2014
    Length: 30.48m
    Load Waterline Length: 28.65m
    Beam: 5.78m
    Draught: 5.65m
    Air draught: 45.40m
    Bowsprit: 4,55m
    Displacement: 32 metric tonnes
    Ballast: 6 metric tonnes
    Mainsail area: 375sqm
    Upwind sail area: 610sqm
    Maximum downwind sail area: 1,300 sqm

    Rio 100 (formerly Zana, formerly Konica Minolta, formerly Lahana)

    100ft IRC supermaxi sloop
    Designer: Brett Bakewell White
    Builder: Cookson Boats, NZ
    Launched: 2003 (rebuilt 2014)
    Length: 30.47m
    Load Waterline Length: 30.15m
    Beam: 6.03m
    Draught: 4.25m/5.75m
    Air draught: 38.00m
    Bowsprit: 4.15m
    Displacement: 23.5 metric tonnes
    Mainsail area: 271sqm
    Upwind sail area: 447sqm
    Maximum downwind sail area: 1,052sqm
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    • #3
      I wondered what happened to Speed Boat, she pretty much started the 100' standard for these beasts, didn't she?


      • #4
        I think you might be spot on, Leopard of London fits in there somewhere also.


        • #5

          Comanche’s owner, Jim Clark talks on all things including "breast feeding". He concedes that a Rolex Sydney Hobart isn’t the ideal first race for such a big, complex machine, but: “I am married to an Australian, and I’ve seen the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart a number of times. My good friend Neville Crichton challenged me to come down.” And then comes the clincher, the phrase yachties around the world can only dream of as they pour the family fortune into a watery hole: “MY WIFE MADE ME DO IT,” Clark insists.

          In the heyday of the great aluminium maxis, legendary boats like Nirvana, Kialoa and Condor of Bermuda would trek from across the Pacific for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s race to thrash it out with the local Helsals, Sovereigns, Apollos, and Ragamuffins on the Derwent.

          Each year you have been able to find boats and people from England, New Zealand, America, Germany and Russia - a veritable UN of sailors - scattered among the boats in town for the Rolex Sydney Hobart - manoeuvring for a clean start on Boxing Day.

          And so it is that this 70th race has maintained the international tradition. In spades.

          Of course most attention has been focused on the brash American newcomer, Comanche. Launched just weeks ago in Maine, Comanche’s American and multi-national crew, including Australian America’s Cup winner, Jimmy Spithill, have been spending the as much time on Sydney Harbour as they can, working out how to sail this genuinely radical monster of a boat.

          Comanche’s owner, Jim Clark, concedes that a Rolex Sydney Hobart isn’t the ideal first race for such a big, complex machine, but: “I am married to an Australian, and I’ve seen the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart a number of times. My good friend Neville Crichton challenged me to come down.”

          And then comes the clincher, the phrase yachties around the world can only dream of as they pour the family fortune into a watery hole: “MY WIFE MADE ME DO IT,” Clark insists.

          “This race represents the greatest race in the world,” Matthew Fortune, the skipper of the German Tripp 57 Passion 4 C declares. “It is so exciting to be here. It is a privilege to do the Rolex Sydney Hobart. I’m up with alongside the greatest boats of all time; a little guy in a sea of giants.

          “The planning for this started four years ago. We have journeyed 13500 miles to get here. Then we’ve had to refit the boat in the last two weeks from ocean crosser to Hobart racer.”

          “It’s taken us five years to get here,” Poland’s Mariusz Koper says. His Oyster 72 Katharsis II has covered more than 70,000 miles in that time. “I am not a racer, more like an explorer.

          Two years ago we sailed the North West Passage in the Arctic, next year we aim to go to 78 degrees south. On the way we thought it would be amazing to come here.

          “We crossed the Atlantic, ended up in Tahiti, but instead of coming straight here we went around Cape Horn to Patagonia, then down to Antarctica. So we had to come back here, but I did not want to take the same route, so we sailed north to Greenland, meaning we have come from the very top of the world.”

          Koper will concede that his hefty 50 tonne Oyster will not threaten the likes of Comanche or Wild Oats XI (unless maybe physically). Most of the other foreigners, though, are not just here for the experience.

          Manouch Moshayedi, the American, has made massive changes to his Rio 100, the former Lahana. He has widened the boat and made her two feet longer, fitted twin rudders, eliminated the water ballast to make her lighter and installed a lifting keel that can be raised and lowered between 14 and 19 feet. He describes her as a TP52 stretched to 100 feet, with the Transpac Race in mind.

          “We are very good downwind in light winds. And of course someone told us there were light winds in the Rolex Sydney Hobart and we came here. I guess we were misinformed,” Moshayedi jokes.

          “We are made for lighter winds. If it is really windy Jim Clark will enjoy it, if it is really light I will.”

          “In light air downwind we are not that good,” Jim Clark concedes. “This is a cross wind boat. We have a massive front end, a lot of surface area. We have to get it on its side for it to go.

          “When the boat is on its side, 25 degrees or so, we probably have the same wetted surface as Wild Oats XI, but it still has plenty of power. But it still has a lot of boat to bash into the sea, so if there is a lot of chop to the water, it would slow us down more than they would.

          “If I had just wanted to win the Hobart I would have just copied the most successful boat ever.”

          Clark frequently describes Comanche as a Volvo 70 on steroids, and basically he wants V70 conditions, though maybe not too V70.

          New Zealander Jim Delegat and his V70 Giacomo would love a rip-roaring, hang-on-by-your-fingernails Rolex Sydney Hobart, as would the local V70 Black Jack. These are the dark horses in the race for line honours this year. Fast, almost as fast as the 100 footers, but able to keep going when the bigger boats have to think about survival as much as winning.

          ”Comanche is new, to a new design,” Clark says. “The design and analysis have been very rigorous. Lots of simulations and tank testing. I am very confident it is built well, but these conditions (off the southern New South Wales coast and in Bass Strait) can be nasty. The most difficult thing is slowing the boat down in high winds so we don’t beat it up.”

          You take whatever comes with the Rolex Sydney Hobart. With such disparate boats on the race course the weather, as much as tactics and boat skills may separate the victors from the also rans. It is a long way to come, from the other side of the world, for a lousy forecast. But come they do.

          The British Swan 68 Titania of Cowes is back for her third straight race. “We thought she would be going back to England, but after we finished last year the owner, Richard Dobbs, changed his mind and said he wanted to do it again,” says her bemused but delighted sailing master, Tasmanian Gina Hewson.

          So for yet another year, almost 8 tonnes of cruising gear is being hauled out of the luxurious Swan onto the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia dock to get her down to racing weight.

          Max Klink, the skipper from the first ever Cayman Islands entrant called Caro, a Botin 65, a plush, push-button cruiser that “can race a bit.”

          ‘Race a bit’ as in smashing the ARC race record by 8 hours, and loading the boat with Volvo Ocean Race veterans for this event.

          It is said that every politician secretly carries a Prime Minister’s baton in their pocket. It can probably be safely said that every sailor who has crossed the Boxing Day starting line has his or her eye on the Rolex watch waiting in Hobart for the winner.

          Over and over you hear from international sailors that they have always wanted to “do the Rolex Sydney Hobart”. “Just finishing the race will be good”, they declare. Yeah, right. That is why they have brought their gleaming thoroughbreds and homely cruisers half way around the world.

          Even “explorers of the world, not really racers”, like Mariusz Koper can always use a good timepiece.

          The start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be broadcast live on the Seven Network throughout Australia and webcast live to a global audience on Yahoo!7.

          A Parade of Sail will take place from 10.30am to 11.30am, before a fleet of 117 yachts set sail from three start lines in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on December 26 at 1.00pm AEDT.
          By Jim Gale, RSHYR media
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