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Posts Tagged ‘Mini-maxi’

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Big Boat Breaking News

ran away1We’re sad to report that Niklas Zennstrom has pulled the plug on one of the most successful offshore racing teams of the past decade.  Both of Zennstrom’s new Rán boats - the mini-maxi and the 52 – will go into the shed for a couple of years.

The good news is that it ain’t permanent, and we understand that it’s not a healthy, family, or judicial issue…in fact, it’s all about opportunities.  Our sources tell us Niklas’s extremely active tech startup investment company requires a lot of his time right now, and that means getting off the sailing circuit and into the board room.   Judging on Zennstrom’s past business performances, we imagine he’ll be back soon…and with even more money to blow on his hobby.  And judging on his team’s success, most recently winning class in the Middle Sea Race last month, ex-Rán sailors won’t have a tough time finding work…

Tell Rán to come back to racing on their Facebook Page.


November 18th, 2014 by admin

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We reported on Bella Mente’s dismasting in St. Barths last week, but we know that shots of dismasted boats are a dime-a-dozen.  But shots of dismasting boats, especially when it happens on the way to the course rather than mid-race?  Well that’s a horse of another color – in this case, a very expensive black, neon green, and orange horse.  Awesome work (with a few more in the sequence on his Facebook Page) from Quentin De Rosny.  We haven’t been able to learn the cause of this expensive fuckup just yet, though one crew tells us the ‘mast failed rather than the standing rigging’ though that’s not official, another says he thought the headstay failed.  We went to the source and builder of the big spar – Ben Hall from Hall Spars, who told us there’s no smoking gun for this one.  ”This mast has had a lot of serious racing on it over the past two years without a single issue, some of the best shore crew and sailing crew in the sport with no expense spared on maintenance or upkeep, and the crew has told us that it’s seen ‘much worse’ over the past couple of years – so we’re all a bit baffled. Hall said. “There’s always some contributing factor to a breakage like this, and thanks to the quick thinking crew of the BM and the fact that they recovered the rig, we hope either the BM team or our team can get to the bottom of it.”


April 25th, 2014 by admin

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