Ragamuffin Loyal

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Investec Loyal about to win 2011 Sydney to Hobart.jpg
Investec LOYAL in 2011 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Other names Maximus
Investec LOYAL
Ragamuffin 100
Nation  Australia
Designer(s) Greg Elliott & Clay Oliver
Builder TP Cookson
Auckland, New Zealand
Launched 2005
Owner(s) Syd Fischer
Specifications
Length 30.48 m (100.0 ft)

Ragamuffin 100 formerly Loyal is a racing supermaxi yacht, with a length of 100 feet. Originally named Maximus, she was built by TP Cookson for Charles St. Clair Brown; the boat was designed by Greg Elliott and Clay Oliver and launched in Auckland[1] in February 2005.[2]

Loyal‍ '​s carbon-fibre design has a very high power-to-weight ratio, she is rigged with a carbon-fibre rotating mast and has a canting keel.[1] Due to the unprecedented performance of the boat when built, the design includes several safety features including crash bars and a high deck sides to reduce high-speed deck wash. She can function without any auxiliary power.[3]

Career[edit]

Maximus[edit]

For the 2005 summer sailing season in the UK, Maximus was sponsored by ICAP. She won line honours in the Fastnet Race with a time of 68 hours 2 minutes 7 seconds, though Iromiguy won on corrected time. Despite the very calm conditions, her tall rotating rigging allowed higher wind speeds some distance above the water's surface to be accessible, giving her an advantage over rivals.[4]

ICAP sponsored Maximus again for the 2006 season.[5]

Investec LOYAL[edit]

Maximus was put up for sale in 2006 for $6,152,355.[2] She was acquired by accountant Anthony Bell[6] and renamed Investec LOYAL. She underwent modifications by Greg Elliott. In a performance described as "off the pace" by Bell, she finished fourth in the 2009 Sydney to Hobart Race. However, she came second to Wild Oats XI in 2010[7] and won line honors in the 2011 Sydney to Hobart[8] in a very close race.

Ragamuffin Loyal[edit]

The boat was purchased in 2012 by veteran skipper Syd Fischer to become the latest version of Fischer's Ragamuffin named yachts. Ragamuffin Loyal finished second in line honors to Wild Oats XI in the 2012 Sydney to Hobart. In 2013 she was renamed Ragamuffin 100.

Ragamuffin 100[edit]

Ragamuffin 100 finished third in the 2013 Sydney to Hobart behind Wild Oats XI and Perpetual Loyal (formerly Rambler 100). After the race, Ragamuffin 100 underwent a major refit, adding a wider, chined stern section among other modifications. The yacht finished third in the 2014 Sydney to Hobart behind Wild Oats XI and Jim Clark's Comanche. Perpetual Loyal was forced to retire after sustaining hull damage. [9] [10] [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b CharterWorld.com. "Info Page for Sailing Yacht MAXIMUS by Tp Cookson Boats". Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  2. ^ a b Deidre Woollard (2006-05-06). "Maximus Yacht For Sale". Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  3. ^ BoatWorld.com. "Super Maxi". Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  4. ^ International Sailing Federation (2005-08-10). "ICAP Maximus Finishes". Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  5. ^ Cowes Online (2007-06-14). "ICAP to sponsor new Leopard". Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  6. ^ Sails Magazine (2011-08-23). "Credible threat to Wild Oats XI". Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  7. ^ Sails Magazine (2011-08-23). "Credible threat to Wild Oats XI". Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  8. ^ "Investec LOYAL race winner as appeal dismissed". Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  9. ^ http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/standings/?raceId=99
  10. ^ http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/standings/?raceId=101
  11. ^ http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/standings/?raceId=103