• Mahón is getting ready to welcome the second edition of the Menorca Maxi regatta, from Wednesday 27th. After last year big success, the city of Mahón will embrace one of the world’s most exclusive regattas with the participation of the Wally and Maxi72 fleets. The Menorca Maxi is organized by the Club Marítimo de Mahón and is promoted by the Consell Insular de Menorca.

    The Wally Class is the flagship division of the Menorca Maxi regatta. Once more, the event is going to be exceptional both on the water and ashore, with the most stylish yachts dressing the Paseo Marítimo up in Mahón, from May 27th to the 31st.

    17 yachts will participate (12 Wallys -three more than last year- and five Maxi72s) in a regatta focused on the quality of the entries: after just one edition, Menorca Maxi has become an important rendezvous of the Super Yacht season.

    New to the event are the 24-meter Inti and Lyra, and the 30-meter Y3K in the Wally Class, and Momo, Jethou, Robertissima III, Caol Ila R and Shockwave in the Maxi72 division.

    High competition and fierce battle are guaranteed, with top sailors on every yacht, helmed by the relevant Owner in both Divisions. Four windward/Leeward and two coastal races are scheduled over the four days.

    12 Wallys

    Record breaking participation in the Wally Class that will align 12 yachts, ranging from 33 to 24 meters, and including the defending champion Magic Blue, and the newly refitted Open Season, that won the inaugural regatta of the season two weeks ago in Palma de Mallorca. The incomers are: Lyra, Inti and Y3K. The newly refitted Lyra is debuting at Menorca Maxi 2015

    The Wally classifications include the Overall (the whole fleet), the Group 2 (yachts with a limitation in the number of sails), and Group 80 (among the five 80 footers competing) standings. In addition, the the special Gino Bossi Trophy, established by the Onwer of Kenora also this year, will be assigned to the winner of the Combined Coastal Races.

    Five Maxi72s

    The Menorca Maxi will be the first regatta in Spain where 5 Maxi 72 will race together. Momo will arrive powerful from Mallorca, after winning the regatta in Palma two weeks ago. Designed by Rolf Vrölijk for Dieter Schön, she was built in Persico Shipyard and launched at the end of 2014.

    Caol Ila R is a Mark Mills and Andy Soriano design. She was built by the Spanish shipyard Longitud 0 and launched in 2013 (named Alegre). Alex Schärer is the new owner and the Menorca Maxi will be the second race of the year for this boat who already won the Mini Maxi Worlds as Alegre.

    Jethou is a Maxi72 designed by Rolf Vrolijk for Alessandro Rombelli. She was built by Baltic Yachts and launched in 2012 as Stig.

    Robertissima is also a Maxi72 designed by Rolf Vrolijk for Niklas Zennström in 2008/2009, built by Green Marine and launched in 2009 as Rán. Its design and building team marked new standards and won many important regattas, like the Mini Maxi World Championship (3 times) and the legendary Rolex Fastnet Race (twice).

    Shockwave is a Maxi72 designed by Reichel Pugh for Neville Crichton. She was built by McConaghy and launched in 2008 as Alfa Romeo III. In September 2008, she won line honours the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, with Torben Grael as skipper. Later on with George Sakellaris as owner it was re-named as Shockwave, the 635 nm 2014 Bermuda Race in a time of 63h 04m 11s.

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