Maxi72 Class History

The Maxi72 (M72) is a development of the International Maxi Association fleet called Mini Maxi Racer. The first World Championship in the Mini Maxi Racer category was raced in 2010 and Rán was the first World Champion. Over the years the competition 'hotted up' to such an extend that by 2014 it was felt necessary to tighten down on rules and controls and for the owners of the boats to have more control over their destiny in rules and racing. To mark the occasion of forming a class the boat identification was changed from Mini Maxi to Maxi72.

All was achieved in close contact with the IMA and the Maxi72 Worlds is and remains part of the IMA's main event, the Rolex Maxi Cup.

Basically the boat is a 72ft LH high quality one-off racer designed and build to compete in offshore races as well as coastal and WL races on IRC corrrected time. The Maxi72 Rule (M72 Rule) intends to produce a class of maxi size fast monohulls for high quality Owner Driver racing. The Maxi72 Rule is a development rule limited by the restrictions of the rating rule of choice, currently IRC, and a few “class factors” as length and draft. Maxi72s race on corrected time. The class members may add or delete “class factors”, so change the M72 Rule, by a 2/3rd majority vote at their Annual Meeting. Principally the existing fleet will be protected by grandfathering in case a rule change threatens to take a boat out of class.

Each year the class members decide on the racing calendar for the year to come and on which races count for an Overall Maxi72 Trophy. In 2015 the calendar saw events such as Key West Race Week, Caribbean 600, Voiles St Barth, RYS Bicentennary, Cowes Week, Fastnet Race, Menorca Maxi, PalmaVela and the Maxi72 Worlds. Of course too much for all to compete in. For the future the aim is to narrow down on class events and to see more participation at the class events. It takes time to streamline this, considering there was no class racing in 2014 other than the Worlds the schedule and more importantly the expected participation numbers for 2016 looks very promising.