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Maximus wins Maxi head to head at Cowes Week

05 Aug 2005

Performance sailing was stunningly extolled on day six of Skandia Cowes Week as the super maxis Skandia Wild Thing and ICAP Maximus went head to head in a pro celebrity race entitled The Open alongside a smattering of some of the worlds leading offshore sailors aboard the wide bodied Open 60 class.The first start of the day got underway as helicopters buzzed overhead and a flotilla of spectator boats surrounded the nine yachts who jostled for position in just under 10 knots of breeze after a one hour wind delay. As the time ticked down the 100ft New Zealand entry ICAP Maximus jumped the gun at the start to hand an early race track advantage to the Melbourne based 98ft Skandia Wild Thing of Grant Wharington. All eyes were on the exciting duel between the maxis as ICAP Maximus peeled away after the start to return to the line before beginning a long climb back into the race to catch and pass Skandia Wild Thing. The fleet disappeared from view off to the west and out into Poole Bay before coming thundering down the Solent in the early afternoon with ICAP Maximus the clear winner on the water from Skandia Wild Thing. As a Cowes spectacle it doesnt get much better than this. Photographer pollydurrant.com