20 Jul 2005
Cityindex Maximus takes monohull line honours in the Cowes Round the Island Race. Seven hours after her start in the race the New Zealand boat Cityindex Maximus completed the 50 mile course around the Isle of Wight and took the Observer Trophy for the first monohull boat to finish. Making history in the event Maximus is the first monohull yacht to win the race on line. Congratulations to Bill Buckley and Charles St Clair Brown whose 100 ft Maximus has completed the Transatlantic Race in just over 3 hours behind Mari Cha 1V. At the Lizard Maximus was 3hrs 13 minutes behind but battled up the channel with a changing tide. Maximus led for several days after Mari Cha suufferred gear failure but then broke gear themselves and lost a lot of ground to Mari Cha. The boats have been in close contact for the entire race which has been in far tougher conditions than ever expected. Maximus is 1st on handicap in the Grand Prix division. Pictured Maximus coming into the finish.Photo by Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex.