Team Maverick waves the flag for Britain in joint partnership deal with the GREAT Britain Campaign

Team Maverick waves the flag for Britain in joint partnership deal with the GREAT Britain Campaign

Date: 14th February 2018
Article by: Hannah Cotterell

Team Maverick has announced a partnership deal in collaboration with the GREAT Britain campaign. The agreement will see Team Maverick’s Infiniti 46R proudly representing Great Britain with prominent Union Jack designs on the yachts’ sails and crew kit at prestigious yacht racing events around the globe. Drawing attention with their radically innovative design yacht Maverick will provide an ideal platform to carry the British campaign message to global audiences.

The GREAT Britain campaign showcases the best of what the British nation has to offer, to inspire the world and encourage people to visit, invest, do business and study in the UK. It is the UK government’s most ambitious international campaign ever, uniting the efforts of the public and private sector to generate jobs and growth for Britain.

Conrad Bird CBE, Director, GREAT Britain campaign stated: “I’m delighted that from today Sailing Team Maverick will be flying the flag for Britain around the world. Designed in the UK with the most advanced engineering and precision craftsmanship, this yacht combines Britain’s proud sailing history with revolutionary technology and will serve to promote Britain’s strengths to over 30 countries during her 2018 race schedule.”

Team Maverick have collaborated with the GREAT Britain campaign to wave the flag for British industry using their technically innovative racing yacht as a platform for spreading the message around the globe. Maverick tends to draw attention during events as the only boat of its kind to incorporate unique Dynamic Stability System (DSS) foiling technology on a 46 ft. yacht, clearly visible by the unapologetically different bright orange foils protruding from the side of the hull. On the start line Maverick is often one of the smaller yachts in the line-up and yet with a first in class and second overall in the RORC 2016 Transatlantic race, along with a number of respectable results from events such as the Rolex Middle Sea Race and Palermo Montecarlo, it is clear this little yacht has a lot to say.

With great ambitions themselves Team Maverick plan to meet more open-minded businesses through this partnership, businesses that may also look to invest in the team as a commercial platform for growth.

This agreement will be made official as Team Maverick compete in this years’ 2018 Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean 600, a 600 nautical mile offshore yacht race which will see yacht Maverick and crew proudly displaying the Union Jack flag for the first time to this international fleet of competitors and event followers.

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To find out more about the GREAT Britain campaign visit their website here!

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Team Maverick agree partnership with Zhik as Official Technical Apparel Supplier

Team Maverick agree partnership with Zhik as Official Technical Apparel Supplier

Date: 12th February 2018
Article by: Hannah Cotterell

Sailing Team Maverick and clothing manufacturer Zhik have announce a joint partnership deal, which has named Zhik as Team Maverick’s official technical apparel supplier, kicking off at the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 this weekend.

Zhik’s dedication to innovation in performance sailing gear provides the perfect synergy with Team Maverick’s technical engineering and radical approach to yacht racing. The partnership has been deemed a perfect fit with Zhik’s innovative approach to sailing apparel aptly fitting the Maverick ethos of shaking things up and challenging the norm, as the team hit the global racing circuit with their radical Dynamic Stability System (DSS) foils, never before used on a 46 ft. mono-hull of their size.

Zhik was founded before the Athens Olympics when it was noticed that the sailing apparel markets could do with a spark of innovation. There was clearly scope to bring in technically proficient gear to help athletes win gold. Since then, Zhik has not only achieved this, but combined it with a fresh outlook in styling. Top athletes around the world reply on Zhik’s innovative sailing apparel, gear that will be put to the test in the extreme conditions Team Maverick will be facing as they hit the offshore racing circuit in their carbon fibre bullet!

Zhik UK Manager Tristan Hutt added, “We’re delighted that Team Maverick has decided to partner with Zhik as technical apparel supplier. This innovative and ground-breaking yacht embodies many of our values as a brand and provides another great platform to push our gear to the limit”. 

"Much like the boat, the teams travel plans aren't taking any half measures and they have an extensive program ahead for 2018. To help the team perform at their best we have worked with them to carefully select a variety of Zhik gear that features new innovation for both cold and hot weather environments. Gear selected includes our new ZhikDry LT range, the durably water repellent fabric Avlare and our ultra durable Isotak2 offshore range. The team will next be competing in the Caribbean 600 and we look forward to seeing the team in action”. 

Team Maverick founder and crewmember Quentin Stuart also commented that, “At Maverick we are delighted to partner with Zhik. We share a passion for sailing and a commitment to innovation and quality, the perfect fit for our ethos and our approach to the sport.” 

The joint partnership between Team Maverick and Zhik will commence at this years’ 2018 Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean 600 in Antigua. This 600 nautical mile annual sailing event will see the team take on the varied and often unpredictable waters of the Caribbean, racing around a scatter of West Indian islands, an event where Team Maverick have unfinished business and will be looking to hunt down that podium position!

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A Maverick Refit in Palma

A Maverick Refit in Palma

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The Rolex Middle Sea race had 104 starters of which Maverick was one of only 35 to finish.

Smashing upwind in 25 kts. with 4 m swells followed by a blisteringly quick run back in squalls exceeding 40 kts. pushed both boat and crew to the limit.

Our initial feeling of how bullet proof the Infinity 46 was, gradually gave way to the realisation that we had a lot of maintenance to do before our next race. As is often the case, we found more as we went and few specific issues soon mushroomed into a full-blown refit.

On arrival in Palma, we hauled out in STP shipyard and our new engineer Jack Carter (ex-MOMO and Cornish Big wave surf champion) began work on the most pressing issue, a full inspection and service of the canting keel system.

We removed our DSS foils for a thorough inspection and service. Bearings were removed, serviced and resealed while various measures were taken by the design and carbon team (Andrea Crocellà and Jose Rius ) to make  the foil cases more waterproof. They also removed the rudder and went to work improving its alignment and articulation whilst Jack serviced and repaired the two custom made bearings.

With most of our foils out of the boat, we decided to go ahead and remove the dagger board and have specialist painter and local legend Ed Wheelhouse paint it all in bright orange Durapox.

While all this was happening, our new rigger Jorge was busily servicing deck gear, splicing lines and replacing damaged lines. In between which he and wife Yana found time to give birth to their first born son Leo, congratulations guys!

Down below was also a hive of activity with marine electrical specialists, Wavelength, undertaking a complete electric overhaul. As well as replacing and re-running every cable and remaking every connection, Andy Walker and his team also renewed the main switch board, upgraded helm controls, installed a new set of Lithium Ion Mastervolt batteries with complete battery management system resulting in a more powerful and more robust end product.

To say the last 10 weeks have been busy is an understatement and totally unfair to all those involved. A massive thanks to everyone for their effort and commitment, early mornings and late nights, Christmas and new year spent working away in an unusually quiet STP shipyard.

Now we can look forward to the Caribbean 600 and Newport-Bermuda and translate all the hard work and improvements into some more race results for Team Maverick.

That's all for now!

Sean McCarter

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A Maverick review of the RORC 2016 Transatlantic Race

A Maverick review of the RORC 2016 Transatlantic Race

Our founder Quentin reviews the Maverick 2016 RORC Transatlantic Race...

The team had planned to join the RORC Transatlantic race 12 months prior and in a moment of mental frailty I folded to the dream of a trade wind fuelled blast to the Caribbean, average weather routing of about 9 to 10 days. I flew into Lanzarote with some trepidation. The latest forecast had a routing of 14 days and looked to be taking us to the Arctic. Not at all the warm water sled ride I had signed up for.

Our yacht Maverick is a 46ft race boat. Down below she is a mobile sail loft, all mod cons and creature comforts were designed out. On deck at speed, which is our preferred operational mode, the experience is akin to a wash down with a fire hose. All good fun for 3 days on the traditional 600 mile classics, but 14 days seemed a psychological bridge to far.

A beautiful first afternoon turned into a grim 24 hours as we had to beat in 20knts and sharp chop to clear the Canaries. You can roll with those punches if there is some fun to come, but that’s not to be our luck. We are mid Atlantic with 2,500 miles to go in a high pressure system taking us North when we want to go South having to use our mast head zero in 5knts of breeze. That’s when I knew it was going to be a long two weeks.

After about 8 days we finally found some trade winds and we were off. On this boat there is nothing quite as enjoyable as smashing out miles with easy speed, in a constant breeze on a long swell. After 2 or 3 days of enjoying ourselves we had given up all pretence of trying to stay dry, board shorts were on, it was warm and what could possibly go wrong.

It must be 48 years since I last had nappy rash. Thanks to RORC I have new found respect for crying babies. We were all struggling to a greater or lesser extent and despite having every conceivable bit of safety kit and extensive medical supplies for a Cat 1 rating, no one had remembered to pack the Sudocream.

Around day 11 our spirits were lifted as we crossed paths with a gentleman 4 weeks into his crossing (and still some 500 miles out) who expressed some surprise that we thought it sensible to be using a kite. Smug as we felt blasting away, expecting our pain to be over in about 2 days, his scepticism prove prophetic and within 24 hours we were quickly relived of all of our nylon.

As with all great adventures things got a bit tougher. One of the pins that hold our oversized bowsprit in place failed. A bit of frantic lashing and a winch handle were the best repair we could come up with; patently inadequate to deal with the loads on the sprit if the 2nd pin failed. After ten minutes of quite reflection on the relative importance of beer, shower, Sudocream, food and a bed (in any particular order) against the cost of replacing the sprit, it was no contest and up went the fractional zero (our last big sail) to the end of the prod. We kept a wary eye on the bowsprit which proceeded to move not 1 millimetre.

The last day was the usual roller coaster of emotions. The class win was there but we needed wind, which of course died. Resigned to a near miss we put in the gybe to set course for Grenada and from nowhere we had 20knts at 110 degrees. The yacht took off and within 7 or so hours we were tied up to a warm welcome from the RORC and Camper and Nicholsons team drinking the first of many cold beers. After 3000 miles of racing we pipped Leopard on handicap by about half an hour.

This was a proper race and not a crossing. It was a test of endurance for the boat and the team. As ever the organisation by RORC and the facilities provided by the marinas at both ends were first class. It is an event which we should be proud of and need to nurture because it offers a real test to those committed to offshore racing.

Would I go again; of course (just don’t tell my long suffering wife). However I might see if Mike Slade could spare a berth on Leopard, by all accounts a more comfortable experience.


Libby Greenhalgh reviews the Rolex Middle Sea race on Maverick

Libby Greenhalgh reviews the Rolex Middle Sea race on Maverick

Just over a month ago I joined Team Maverick on their Infiniti 46 with DSS Foils for the Middle Sea Race. This 600 mile race typically provides all weather conditions and as always an absolutely stunning backdrop to the race.

This year was no exception the forecast was for a strong NNW winds, in the region of 35+KT from a little over 24hours into the race, it was enough or  some to consider not starting and overall resulted in a war of attrition during the race with roughly only half the fleet finishing.

We had a couple of days of light to moderate wind training before the start. Allowing me to get up to speed with the boat and understand how and where the performance of the boat changes with the deployment of the foils.

We started amongst all the big boats in the small and beautiful Valletta harbour looking like a fly buzzing around the bigger animals. A short sprint downwind and we are all heading off to Sicily just cracked off the wind. As the breeze pushes above 8-10 KT and the boat reaches maximum power the foils can be deployed on both sides, to act as righting moment to windward and to provide lift and stability this is particularly beneficial as the sea state worsens.

With the bright orange aeroplane wing foils deployed the boat sits at an optimal heel angle of about 10 degrees and sounds like a rocket trying to take off.
— Libby Greenhalgh

The boat is responsive and light on the helm and with the foils deployed we powered upwind in the building breeze once past Stromoboli. The effect of the foils on the stability and reducing the pitching of the boat in a big sea state makes going upwind almost a pleasure.  As you gradually bear off as always you eventually hit the power zone and from a True Wind Angle of 070 or wider you feel the boat accelerate and you need to level her off to keep her quick, it can be fairly easy to over trim in this situation.

The real fun with the boat started when we turned the corner and headed downwind and the boat lit up. With the bright orange aeroplane wing foils deployed the boat sits at an optimal heel angle of about 10 degrees and sounds like a rocket trying to take off. The aeroplane like foils self adjust the lift, as the boat lifts and the foil comes to the surface then the lift reduces which means despite it being howling winds the  foils can still be used. The water piles over the deck like fireman’s hose blasting at you which does at times make it pretty hard to stay on the side of the boat, but with boat speeds in excess of 20 KT an peaking a 27+KT is pretty impressive for a 46 footer.

Under three days to complete and we drying out back ashore as the 4th boat to cross the line behind largely 100 FT boats. All in all a boat that is a lot of fun, a team that is a lot fun and I am looking forward to sailing this boat again in 2018.

Libby Greenhalgh

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Rolex Middle Sea - A Maverick race review

Rolex Middle Sea - A Maverick race review

Author: Piers Hugh Smith
Course: Valetta-Messina Straits (Italy/Sicily) - Stromboli - Pantaleria - Lampadusa - Valetta.

The odometer on the past 12-months of racing clicks over to around 6,500 nm after a busy season with Maverick! Out of the previous five major offshore races, Maverick has been the boat for four of them, a total of 5,900 nm - I certainly had never seen this coming and am forever counting my lucky stars for being part of such a great and continuous program. Always learning and always finding new areas to improve.

This Rolex Middle Sea Race, my second, shaped up to be a lot more interesting than the first! The first, 2016, characterised by a steady drift round the scenic Mediterranean islands with little more than 12-14 knts boat speed at best, could not be further from what was in store for us this time. ‘Finally!’, a few of us thought, there has previously been an uncanny lack of conventional weather for the Maverick program,  it would be nice to see some weather. Being careful what you wish for might just be the motto here!

I can never get over the start of this race, amongst the striking sandstone scenery of the Grand Harbour in Valetta, the narrow beat through the harbour walls and then and ultra short kite leg at the start gets the blood pumping and tests our quick fire/inshore manoeuvres. A pretty gradual beat followed up the Messina straits, a mix of light wind park ups with changes from the J1 (our biggest headsail), to the MHO (our biggest masthead reaching sail), and the occasional spinnaker thrown in for good measure. Although placid, these are often pretty testing conditions for a bowman, loads of quick-fire changes, often in the dark, and it’s a real test to make sure you can consistently deliver these without locking out your halyards or, at worst, tangling them up making a change impossible. I’ve been away from the boat for a while and I think this showed here, a couple of the changes going a little awry with some halyard issues, certainly time to be gained there. However it was great to have an understanding team backing me up and focusing their energies on solving issues, rather than dwelling on errors. This has been a hallmark feature of the program and something I believe is a key ingredient of our successes. Every day is a school day, after all.

Apart from the numerous sail changes the first part of this race was somewhat uneventful, however near Palermo our test began, building breeze into a 135 nm beat, this was a good chance for some drysuit action with testing upwind sailing which is pretty tough on a skinny, 46 ft boat. It’s hard to find the groove in waves that stacked up pretty quick to a hefty swell the height of a transit van. This is where my be careful what you wish for comment earlier comes in. We soon cracked off onto a jib reach, followed by a punchy FR0 (smaller than the MHO, but a power reaching weapon of a sail) passage and a technical peel to an A3, our smallest reaching spinnaker. Change complete and trucking along at a steady 17-22 knts of boat speed I headed down for some rest, thinking how our speedy averages would see me with a pint and a burger in Valetta in no time. However from inside the boat it sounded like the world was beginning to end! A constant rush of water and huge crashes and the boat charges through waves, arcing spray over the decks with a deluge of water threatening to wash anything not lashed down into the sea behind. Our speed crept up towards 27-28 knts here as we pushed the boundaries of what the sail was capable of. Earlier in this day myself and Jorge, the mid-bowman, had been thrown back 15 ft along the foredeck, along with the 60 kg sail we were carrying, with the sheer force of water travelling along the deck- thankfully we always clip on the safety harnesses in these conditions.

But back to the A3, downstairs I hear an almighty crash followed by my body being thrown forward down the bunk, knees in my chest as I press against the keel bulkhead in front. There is a reason we always say sleep feet first in this boat, it is better to break your legs rather than your neck when this thing flies off a wave! The boat pivoted around its axis and lay flat on its side with the sound of an ‘All Hands!’ cry and all hell breaking loose on deck. This was when our much loved and little used A3 decided to part company with itself, having been torn into many, many pieces after a 40 knt gust knocked us over after pitching into a wave at 25+ knts. Halyards were cut and what little remained of the sail recovered on board before the FR0 was speedily hoisted again, this was a pretty harrowing moment with a lot of stress on the rig, the decision to cut the halyard was made to preserve the mast and stop the A3 now Sea Anchor ripping the top of our carbon mast off.

It was almost fortuitous however the breeze had continued to build and our forced change to the FR0 was the right call. The A3 would have done the same three times over as we launched off waves, our DSS foils provided immense amounts of grip that launched the boat forward at speeds more akin to an 80 ft yacht, rather than our 46 ft surfboard! Some of the wave impacts were similar to being in a car crash as the boat tore through walls of water, it was all you could do to hold on at times, your visions reduced to nothing in a ball of spray with the boat seemingly airborne beneath you. The speedo only read 6 knts as it was out the water! The highest I saw was 27, but we reportedly logged speeds in the early 30 knts if the GPS is to be believed. We dropped into preservation mode, dropping the watches from four hours on to one hour on as it’s key to keep everyone fresh and alert as mistakes at this speed could potential be seriously damaging to more than just the boat and race. It was certainly one of my most intense nights offshore. The Infinit 46R can certainly take one hell of a beating! I don’t know many other boats that could shake off such an aggressive punishment so easily.

Windspeed hung around the 20-30 knt range for the rest of the race, the occasional 40 knts in the squalls as we concluded the reaching round Lampadusa island, but in a slightly more gentle fashion on a tighter angle with lighter breeze. Dawn broke as we approached the Malta/Gozo channel, still maintaining our reduced watch and keeping the boat pushed all the way in.

We were certainly pleased to finish this one in (almost) one piece! The whole team worked really hard, pressure was kept on us and it is always great to sail with such a pedigree bunch, it really encourages you to up your game, and I am certainly looking forward to seeing them onboard again in the future.

At the time of writing we have won IRC class 1, 4th overall on IRC, 1st overall on ORC and 6th on line honours, a results I’m pretty happy with given such a tough heavy air session. Not bad for a little 46 ft boat, taking on some big teams!

So another awesome race with Team Maverick, and I’m left excited for the next adventure that comes round…


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Rolex Middle Sea race preparation update!

Rolex Middle Sea race preparation update!

Fastnet to Malta; time flies when you're having fun!

After the Rolex Fastnet, our last major race in the U.K. for some time, Maverick went back to the Solent for a great Corporate day with Deloitte!

Stuart Miller then packed her up and put her on a Peter's and May ship to Palma.

We launched off the ship and a glorious morning gave way to driving, torrential rain for the 10min delivery to STP shipyard! 

Maverick was hauled out the following morning for some minor fairing and paint repairs by DeCabo. We also sent a number of sails off to Doyle to be remeasured for our ratings.

We launched last Monday and had a busy few days getting fuel, water, provisions and sails on, as well as a hydraulic overhaul.

Eric (our navigator) then stepped on like the rockstar he is and took off on the 620 nm delivery to Malta! A leap of faith but well placed thanks to the shore team/delivery crew of Cathrine Jack and Jorge.

As I type from the cramped seat of Veuling's Airbus 320, some of the team are already on the ground in Valletta, Malta's historic capital. Newport's Dan Morris and I arrive in a couple of hours behind Gordon Kay, Luke and Libby Greenhalgh from Team SCA.

We're all looking forward to a couple of good days training before taking on what Ted Turner once famously described as 'the most beautiful race course in the world'.

Stay tuned Mavericks...

Sean McCarter (aka Chicken Joe...)

Find out more about Sean and his Vendee 2020 ambitions here.

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A Maverick Fastnet review

A Maverick Fastnet review

Author: Piers Hugh Smith

The dust had barely settled from the Tour Voile before I was onto the next project… A 14hr drive back from Nice to Hamble saw me venturing across the Solent the following day to join Team Maverick, the title sponsors of the Tour Voile project, for the lead up to one of sailing’s most iconic and notorious races- The Rolex Fastnet. Despite the Fastnet race being the closest 600-mile race to home- it is the last on the list for me to tick off- so I was exceptionally excited to be racing with Maverick for this edition.

We had an excellent training day in the solent in 20knts of breeze, a good shake down for the boat after the team at SRM Marine have been putting in so much hard work to get the boat sorted. As the DSS foils have not been applied to any other medium size race boat before this, and very few others designed totally around the DSS- Maverick presents many engineering and technological challenges that take time and effort to work out. The boat has been sailing for around 18months and has continually been improving throughout that time.

I was lucky enough to be on the wheel for the start, it was pretty special starting such and iconic race with the view of hundreds of other yachts who had started in earlier starts beating out the Solent ahead of us. We were contesting our class with Rambler 88, the Volvo 65’s and the odd IMOCA so it was a star studded start. Following the advice of tactician Mike, we kept clear of the much taller rigs in the bunch, and held our own lane for the start. About halfway up the Solent I changed off the helm for Kees and got ready for the world’s longest windward leg!

It was Ocean Rodeo dry suit on pretty much from the beginning, beating into a tide that was turning against, and a meaty 20knts of breeze meant plenty of waves over the boat and I made a commitment to stay dry! It was cold too, so the suit didn’t really come off until the finish of the race. I was at risk of my planning having let me down but was okay in the end- I decided to only take one spare mid layer and one spare inner- these went on during the first night and stayed on until the finish. My kit bag, a 10ltr dry bag, stayed empty the entire race, so at the least I was confident I took the lightest set up possible!

For me the upwind was fairly featureless beyond the normal tariff of living offshore on Maverick. One major tactical decision for Eric, the navigator, as to either to head across the channel and hit the corner of the beat to lay land’s end, or whether to head up the shore line, short tacking up with English coast. For the rest of us, during the on-watch we pushed the get the most out of our upwind set up in a dying breeze. The drop in wind strength made for a more comfortable ride but unfortunatelya slightly slower one. During the off watch I committed to only eating Asian Beef with Noodles from the freeze dried selection and maximised my sleep time! As the bowman the upwind legs are often quieter than the downwind, and with a windy 200mile downwind leg coming up after rounding the iconic Fastnet rock, I focused on maximising my sleep so I was in the best possible shape.

We edged round Land’s End, entering the Irish Sea and not long after the psychological halfway mark of the rock came to the fore of our minds. Whilst not a literal halfway mark, as the rock sits 400mile into the 600mile race, mentally most of the guys see it that way. It’s a 180 degree turn and puts you onto the homeward stretch into Plymouth. A nice rounding for us, in the company of a media chopper and a class 40, we peeled onto our A2, the second biggest downwind sail. Coincidentally I clocked off watch at the end of this change, so hit the bunk for my 4 hours of rest.

I was awoken about 2.5/3 hrs into my off watch by the sound of the world ending. Maverick is a cacophony of noise when going downwind in breeze- the impact and rush of the water on the empty carbon hull echoes throughout the while structure, and the howl of sheets being eased accompanies a deafening roar as the keel pump drives the hydraulic sail controls. Underscored by the whirr of the pedestal gearbox by my head; there was not much stopping me from being awoken! The breeze had risen go 25knots +, so out of range of the A2, we leaped over and through waves with a cascade of water pouring into the cockpit every minute. Eric and Mike made the call for a change to the A3, so myself and Q, the mid-bowman, ventured to the front of the boat to get the sail ready to go. The change went pretty well despite a small bit of damage to the foot of the A2 from water pressure and a wobble I had on the front whilst releasing the tack line - the prospect of falling off the boat loomed and I decided it wasn’t for me; luckily holding my balance to stay on board!

The A3 was the prefect sail for the conditions- it was a lighting quick Irish Sea crossing as we hit up to 26-27 knts storming downwind. A few gybes for the Traffic Separation Scheme Exclusion Area and we rolled into a simple A2 to flatter and smaller Jib-top peel for the reach to Plymouth from the Scilly Isles.

A really simple but wet leg! Keep it lit up on the JT, more or less due East, and try and close the gap the more upwind oriented boats had got on us earlier in the race. A really quick leg again, up to 22/23 knts boat speed, waves carving over the boat at speed. Ski goggles went on so I could maintain visibility and we pushed hard to get the boat home.

A few of the guys had stayed up past their watch the previous night, we suffered a breakdown of the watch system at about 5am, as guys who were technically ‘ON’ had already been up all night pushing the boat downwind, and guys who were ‘OFF’ might have been off for a while. In my eyes this was a bit of a failing as I believe it’s really important to adhere to the structure of the watch in order to make sure everyone receives regular and efficient rest. Otherwise the burnout risk becomes too prevalent. We had a rest and decided to lease with each persons opposite number to work out what sleep levels they needed- we run a one hour rolling watch, so you have one buddy who wakes you up and you wake him up- this split allowed the guys who needed it to rest and the guys who didn’t kept on pushing. This did a pretty good job of keeping the pace up on the last stretch into Plymouth.

In the end we finished at around 1530hrs BST, an oddly civilised time for finishing an offshore as I am used to these races finishing in the dark! We rolled into the bar for some post race celebration and some much needed food- there is only so much freeze dried I can take! I feel we were a little unfortunate with the weather, a little too much upwind for Maverick, a downwind focused machine, we struggled to compete on IRC. However- we sailed a good race and ticking off the last Rolex offshore this year, plus the Trans-Atlantic race ticks off a bucket-list goal for me in getting all those done in 12months!

An incredible couple months of sailing and one of the busiest times of my life- it’s now time for a bit of R&R and to maybe not see another boat for a little while! Though who knows how long I can willingly stay away- the Diam 24 UK national Champs are approaching and you will see Team Maverick SSR back out on the water there.


Piers Hugh Smith

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Doors open: 19:30
Free Rock Rose Gin & Tonic on arrival
Live band & DJ
Hog roast from 20:30
Venue: The Loft, Barbican in Plymouth
Future Fibres prizes to be won!

Ever wondered what it's like to be a Maverick? Now's your chance to find out as this year Team Maverick are hosting a party at The Loft, Barbican in Plymouth. Team Maverick would like to invite you, if you dare, to embrace your inner bull and spend the evening eating, drinking and dancing like a Maverick!


You'll need an orange Maverick wristband to get in, which you can get from a member of the crew or on the door!


Got a good photo of you being a Maverick? Please post it to your Instagram or Twitter account tagging us in via the details below WITH #BeAMaverick for your chance to WIN a Maverick t-shirt!

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Date: Thursday 10th August 2017
Doors open: from 19:30 until you fall over
Venue: The Loft, Barbican, Plymouth

Lets get this party started!
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Team Maverick's Diam 24 Team conclude the RORC Vice Admiral's Cup!

Team Maverick's Diam 24 Team conclude the RORC Vice Admiral's Cup!

The RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup has just concluded for the newly liveried Maverick SSR! We are really excited to be out there, representing the Maverick colours in what we think is a pretty awesome colour scheme. 

We are really excited to be out there, representing the Maverick colours in what we think is a pretty awesome colour scheme. 
— Piers Hugh-Smith

Events had slightly transpired against us before the regatta had even started- both myself and Ed had exams on the Friday of the event. Unfortunately this meant missing out on some champagne sailing conditions on Day 1, and also having to carry 3 DNC (did not compete) results for the regatta- effectively taking us out of the overall standings. It isn’t all about the result however- with the Tour Voile looming on the horizon, the VAC represented a good opportunity to test run some navigation techniques and systems, and focus on an area that is exceptionally difficult to train for by yourself- starting. 

Start of Day 2 all looked positive, with what we thought was a convincing lead in Race 1. It would have been, despite missing the gate 10 m before the line and being disqualified from the race- turns out the navigational practice objective was very much needed! Vowing not to make this mistake again, we managed to secure a pretty good start in the 2nd race to take the win with a 2 min margin on the second boat. The weather was getting better and better, with a now 18 knt. breeze channeling down the solent the boat was ripping at up to 21 knts, and we were very excited at the prospect of a third race, conditions were becoming more challenging and also a lot more fun! However, in light of a chartered boat’s capsize in race two the RC called in there for the day. 

A great regatta for us that gave us some confidence in our speed and boat handling whilst also outlining some key areas to focus on.
— Team Maverick SSR

Day 3- Starts were the name of the game here, and we didn’t really manage to play, scoring a disappointing 4th in the first race. Slightly lighter conditions than the day before but awesome fun all the same, we set out to make it right in race 2 and 3- showing a bit more competence and posting a 2nd and 1st. Race two was really down to the line, the final gybe into the line causing 1st to slip away from us by meters and Riccardo’s boat, Gaetana 3, blasted in on the lay line at 16 knts, pipping us to the finish in the final minute. 

A great regatta for us that gave us some confidence in our speed and boat handling but also outline some key areas to focus on. We have a great list together now of some areas to work on and we will be pushing hard as we take this into our 3 pre-tour training camps that are coming up. Starts will definitely be a feature- expect some videos of our two boats match racing it out in training, AC style- to sharpen each other’s skills ahead of what is sure to be a packed line at the Tour de France a la Voile. The next Diam UK event is on the 10th/11th June- hopefully here we will try and keep the scoreline a little more consistency close to 1! 

Piers Hugh-Smith - Team Maverick SSR

#BeAMaverick #FollowTheStory

Team Maverick support Diam fleet to form Team Maverick SSR Racing

Team Maverick support Diam fleet to form Team Maverick SSR Racing

SSR and Team Maverick are pleased to announce they are to combine forces to take on the Tour de France á la Voile as the only British team to ever compete in the event’s current format. Team Maverick’s support as a title sponsor of Sailsmith Racing now gives the SSR a new identity and vision; as Team Maverick SSR.

Team Principal of SSR, Piers Hugh Smith, is enthusiastic about joining Team Maverick’s vision, commenting,

“Having been a member of the Team Maverick program aboard the Infiniti 46 ‘Maverick’, and experienced first-hand the ground up, enthusiastic and supportive approach of the team, it’s a natural extension to bring Team Maverick into the Tour Voile fleet. We are doing something new and different as the only British team, involving young and upcoming sailors, so it seemed like a great fit to get involved in the #beamaverick ethos as Team Maverick SSR.”

Hannah Cotterell from Team Maverick commented,

“As the great Dr. Seuss stated, ‘why fit in when you were born to stand out?’ Team Maverick is all about trying something new in the hope of doing something different. Unorthodox, original and dedicated we leave egos at the door and tell it like it is. Supporting Team Maverick SSR will be an extension of this ethos, helping grow our approach to being a little different. Good luck to all our Diam24 sailors.

Stay foolish, stay hungry #BeaMaverick.”

The Team have now launched their new boat, ‘Raygun’ in its striking Team Maverick attire which will be seen at an array of international and local events for the coming season as well as practicing out on the solent!

Maverick retire from Caribbean 600 due to injury

Maverick retire from Caribbean 600 due to injury


Maverick has retired from the Royal Ocean Racing Club RORC Caribbean 600

"Maverick diverted to Nevis to drop Steve Taylor off at the hospital after suffering an injury to his right hand. As soon as the incident occurred the team retired from the race and made best speed to Nevis.

Piers has gone with Steve to the hospital in Nevis. The rest of the team are safe and well. We are on a mooring outside of Charlestown Nevis and will clear customs tomorrow morning.

Our thoughts are with Steve. His next of kin have been notified."

Oliver Cotterell, Skipper 


Olly Cotterell RORC Transatlantic race skipper blog: Day 14

Olly Cotterell RORC Transatlantic race skipper blog: Day 14

Dear Team Maveric Fans!

I am sure you have some questions.....

I left you on day 11 with the potential for having to go dead ship. The good news is that we managed to reset the alternator brain and put the spare blades in the hydro-generator. Good news.

Right I am going to talk about the "daisy chain" of events that has led to us beig slower than we hoped and really close to loosing out to Leopard for Class win. At one stage we thought that this would be reasonably straightforward. This is yacht racing however and nothing is ever easy and while this might be frustrating now it is why we love it.

Event 1. We lost the tack on the A2. This was not our fault, we are still not sure why it failed. The failure is so perfect it could havebeen done with scissors. The frustrating thing is I had been saving this kite for this event so it had only been flown a few times in trials and corporates. It had not been used out of range and when we lost it we were not abusing it!

Event 2. We lost the A1.5 TheA1.5 was meant to be a spare to the A2. However it had been used hugely out of its range in the Rolex Giralia Cup race and as a result I elected to used this kite in deliveries etc. It had done a lot more hours but was in good nick. Unfortunately just as a crew member had gone off deck to wake up the next watch we had a wave induced slow down followed by a large wave grabbing the stern and a 25kt gust.This induced a broach that I was not able to stop on the helm. Sean did his best to ease the kite sheet and the main sheet at the same time. One flog and it was all over the kite had a big rip in it. This was the first broach in a long long time and it just coincided with a watch change. Bad luck.

Event 3. Pinch in the (FRO). With the A2,A1.5 dead we elected to go to our FRO (Fractional Code 0) this deployed fine but after a furl gybe it developed a "pinch"

A "pinch"  is where a furling sail grabs a bit of the sail prematurely and furls one part in the opposite direction to the majority. This means that you cam't get the whole thing to unfurl. We have used this sail a lot and never had this problem. We are not sure whyit has started happening but we managed to clear relatively easily the first pinch but had th take the fro down on the deck to clear a double ?pinch" the next time.

Event 4: Missing bowsprit pin. While driving the yacht hard i felt that she was sailing a little bow down. I got Kees to go inspect the crash bulkhead. His first impression was "oh o did not know whe had a light in here" The 2 in stainless pin that attaches the bowsprit to the yacht was somehow missing. We immediately furled the FRO and set about a solution, both to help the structure and secondly to stop the water coming in. We improvised a fix with a winch handle and a shammy.

Event 5. The need for an A2. Unfortunately as I sit here and write this we are not getting the best out of Maverick. We are taking it a bit gingerly on STBD tack but also for thee past 48hrs we really have had some small gear up in the sky. She is underpowered. This is massive on this yacht because the step change from being on the foil or not is huge.

So all in all things are good on Maverick. The crew are welland while my shoreside "to do" list is now as long as a Harrods receipt after a visit by Paris Hilton we are still averaging a little over 10 kts VMC. It is going to be very tight with Leopard.

Regardless of the outcome I am very proud of my team. They have all worked incredibly hard in some physically and mentally taxing conditions. This is what makes Ocean Racing unique. It is a marathon and not a sprint. If you cannot keep the yacht together then you will not finish. As they say in order to win first you need to finish. Maverick has given us some of the best sailing experiences of my life during this race and I will always remember them. By signing up to the RORC Transatlantic Race we knew we would be put against some of the best teams out there. We would not turn up to a knife fight with a gun so to speak. We are going to push hard right to the end One thing this crossing has shown me is that this yacht with this team will e a force to be reckoned with in future events. Being our first ocean race we will go away and review the performance work on the reliability and be back for more. Sometimes I forget thatthis yacht has only been in the water for seven months...

Olly out

Oliver Cotterell RORC Transatlantic race skipper blog: Day 12

Oliver Cotterell RORC Transatlantic race skipper blog: Day 12

Hey Team Maverick Fans,

Firstly a massive HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Nikki Curwen who sadly could not be hear today. We are thinking of you and know you would have loved this sweat pit.

Right and eventful 24hrs. Where to start.... Ah the first KITMARE... there we were going along at 16 kts or so in about 20 in the middle of the night (of course) when ping... the tack went. A bit strange as the kite is nearly new, has not been abused or used out of range. For once this was not self induced!

Now this was no big deal. At first I assumed that the tack release system had accidentally tripped however it soon became clear that a very neat tear had occurred and the tack was actually still at the end of the bowsprit. Very quickly we got the A1.5 on deck and set and were on our way.

Soon after this event it was reported to me that the engine would not charge the batteries. We deployed the hydrogenerator instead and charged on this. Unfortunately at some stage the hydraulic system inside the hydrogennerator that controls the pitch of the props failed and this would not work.

This morning Eric and I jury rigged/ magivered this so that it would work with a fixed pitch of blade. However I have just been informed that two blades have snapped off. We have two spare blades on board. I am currently trying to make as much water as possible while we still have power so that we have enough to get us comfortably to the finish. There is a high probability with both of our power generation capabilities downthat we are going to have to do the last part of the race "Dead Ship" All the power turned off... We need to save some power for Keel function and the odd comms.

We have passed five ARC yachts now. They must be a little in awe as we pass them at 16 kts to their7 or so. The Arc is fantastic but it is a rally for cruisers. They all had kites down as it was night etc. The nice thing about the RORC Transatlantic Race is that the yachts are form a racing stock and are pushed hard.

Anyway I have a lot to do... lets hope the words of Dr Seuss hold true

"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."

Dr Seuss

Olly out...

Piers Hugh-Smith RORC Transatlantic blog: Day 11

Piers Hugh-Smith RORC Transatlantic blog: Day 11

1000miles broken!

Cause for brief celebration today as we broke the 1000nm to go barrier to the finish! we are positively hurtling to Grenada at 14-17 knts and have been posting the highest averages of the fleet, an achievement i'm pretty proud of considering we are up against 70-100ft competitors. i am weary of starting the countdown early but it does seem that the end is getting very close, and the potential for a race win has been discussed, which is making us push harder than ever.

in other news, my eye, whilst still infected and carrying more bacteria than some chewing gum on the floor of a public restroom, does seem to be improving steadily, maybe just in time for our arrival. it is also absolutely boiling here, the R in Infiniti 46R must stand for Roasting, as it is probably around 35-40degrees in this carbon machine as the sun from the clear blue skies beats down upon it.

thats all from me, and i daresay the next update you may hear from me will be at the finish, though only time will tell.



Oliver Cotterell RORC Transatlantic race skipper blog: Day 11

Oliver Cotterell RORC Transatlantic race skipper blog: Day 11

Good Morning team Maverick Fans!

Well today my story is about suicidal flying fish. As you may know we are not the largest yacht and we have a very low freeboard. I can tell you that getting hit by a flying fish while doing 17 kts hurts!

Progress is good and we are enjoying the fresh trade winds. Maverick is really doing very well looking after us and smashing down the distance to run. As I write this the only other vessel in our class "leopard" has only 300 nm to run so should be in within 24 hrs and take Monohull line honours. Well done to them! Hopefully we will not be too far behind!

As it is we are still hunting down Aragon. There is a little moon now on the early night watches and this is helping massively. We have been having some sat coms issues but they seem tobe ok at the moment.

Anyway thats all for now...

"Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have tea first? (we have no coffee or teas left!!!!)"

Alice in wonderland

Olly out

Eric Holden RORC Transatlantic blog: Day 10

Eric Holden RORC Transatlantic blog: Day 10

We are currently past the halfway mark by a couple of hundred miles but more importantly, back in good breeze with incredibly quick speeds pointed more or less at the finish in Grenada.

How quick? for the past 12hrs, we have been the fastest boat in the fleet. We have averaged 14.7 kts for the past 6hrs. Our top speed in this time was 21.2 kts. All this achieved with an average windspeed of only 17 kts true..!

The conditions we are experiencing now are what we had hoped to get for 80% of the race. Unfortunately it was not to be this year however it has been really testing and ultimately very rewarding so far. We are learning more about the boat each day and growing in confidence by the hour.

Running a three hour, rolling watch system is working very well. Off watch down below is quite hot and sticky, with an odour I'd rather not describe. My greatest luxury at the moment is a pair of noise cancelling head-phones. Lying in my bunk, it sounds like we are in the midst of Armageddon until I pull them on and all of a sudden its like we are cruising at a sedate 7 kts..!

1200nm to go with similar conditions,

Roll on...


Olly Cotterell RORC Transatlantic race skipper blog: Day 10

Olly Cotterell RORC Transatlantic race skipper blog: Day 10

Good morning Team Maverick Fans,

What a difference a day makes. I believe looking at the last Sked that we are currently the fastest yacht in the fleet, even faster than the mighty Leopard at this time.

From just before dawn the wind had been building and as a result so have the boat speeds. Currently as I look at the nav screen we are dong 14-15 kts in 17kts of trades. With the boat speeds going up as has the mood on board. It is a tall ask but everyone on-board is pushing the yacht hard in the hope of clawing back a position or two. We are firmly focused on Aragon at this point in time.

While spirits are up it does not mean life is easy. While the weather is warm and pleasant the deck is currently a car wash and you get absolutely soaked. There are two ways of dealing with this get wet and accept it or put on foulies and get wet sweating! I have elected for the former while other crew are electing for the latter. Good thing we brought the sudacream!

Down below is not much better with a cacophony of noise as th yacht leaps from wave to wave. Sleeping is very difficult as there is little ventilation possible (so much water over the deck) so you are nearly as wet with sweat down below than as you are on deck!

On the boat fixing front, thankfully all seems to be OK at the moment. We had a thru deck fitting leaking above the Nav station after it had to work hard for 1500nm so I managed to seal it with some sickaflex this morning. I am a big fan of keeping water outside of the yacht, especially near the nav PC...

Still life goes on...... sail, eat, sleep, repeat.... go big or go home.... A wave just washed over the entire deck the deceleration was awesome....

As I write this we have 1250nm to go to Grenada and talk has turned to what we are going to do when we arrive.... beer, jerk chicken, a shower!

Anyway Sean is making me some delicious Expedition Foods Custard and Apple so I'm off to get some.

Olly out!

Given that we are on and Infiniti 46R

"Some infinities are bigger than other infinities"

John Green

Bring on the 65R!!!

Olly and Eric RORC Transatlantic blog: Day 9

Olly and Eric RORC Transatlantic blog: Day 9

Blog Day 9

Good Morning Team Maverick Fans,

Welcome to day 9. Well we are over half way in terms of distance but we are hoping that the second half of the track is a lot faster than their first half of the track.

We are currently lying in 4th on the preliminary leader board but are hoping that with a bit more wind we will be able to claw our way back up a few spaces. It was nice to get to meet the crew of "Stay Calm" we were berthed next to them in Marina Lanzarote. They are currently our closest competitor on the water but we are hoping that maybe we can start to pull awaay from them.

We had our first wildlife encounter in a few days with playfull dolphins playing on the bow. I always love to watch their displays as they surf on the aquatic ridge pushed frward by the yacht.

This evening in a "Classic Piers" moment he was hit in the face by aflying fish. This is our first fish strike but having seen a few fly over the yacht in the night I am quite sure it will not be our last.

As the wind has built so have our speeds and a nie benefit of this is that we can use our "Watt and Sea" Hydrogenerator again. With temperatures on the increase it is getting increasingly uncomfortable down below and running the main engine to charge the batteries only makes this worse. The increasing temperatures also make choosing the right kit harder. Really you want to be in shorts and a T-shirt but it gets very wet on this yacht...

It is another increadably dark night. The nav lights light up the kite and there is nothing else to see. No moon, no stars, no lights on the horizon, just an eritheral darkness that hides "that wave"

Congradulations to Phaedo for their win in this event.

best get back up on deck now..

Olly out

'If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary."

Jim Rohn


"And we have finally crossed the halfway point. This took a lot longer than we had all envisaged when planning this trip. We are all eager to get into some more steady Trade winds tomorrow and do the second half of this trip faster than the first. This is something that we are counting on as yesterday we did an audit on our remaining food and made a decision to voluntarily preemptively cut down on our consumption so we'll not be forced to later.

The weather conditions remain quite interesting here with a high overcast cloud cover and a few drops of rain. We had a brief glimpse of the sun this afternoon but it has been otherwise very grey. The temperature has begun toincrease after a cool and pleasant day yesterday.

Tonight will be another dark night with the cloud cover blocking out the little moon there is. The sea state is stil lumpy with a few different swell sets coming from various different directions."

Eric Holden, Navigator

Kees Postma RORC Transatlantic blog: Day 8

Kees Postma RORC Transatlantic blog: Day 8

“WE'RE ALMOST THERE!” what we would have been saying on the 8th day, had this been an Atlantic crossing anywhere close to what we had hoped for. Instead, as I write this, we are 1,320 miles from Lanzarote and 1,567 miles from Grenada. Not quite halfway there in distance, but hopefully halfway there in elapsed time. Having said that, we are all starting to question this mythical phenomenon called “the trade winds.”

Although it is thankfully quite overcast at the moment, temperatures inside the carbon oven are starting to rise and during daytime off watches it is more comfortable to try and snooze on deck with some music in than really trying to sleep below deck.

My mission this off watch is to do an inventory of our Expedition foods freeze dried meals as we are getting a little concerned about how much is left now that the race is taking so long. We are definitely not going to starve, but better to start rationing now if we need to.

A massive well done to Olly and Eric for troubleshooting and finding a fix for the hydraulics as without this our result would suffer tremendously. Never has the deafening sound of the hydraulics powerpack sounded so sweet.

I had a great birthday on board yesterday thanks to many repeated birthday wishes from all the crew as I went on and off watch throughout the day, a stack of birthday cards, and a new Leatherman multi-tool from my wonderful girlfriend. Thanks to all!

Off to count some freeze dried!

Hakuna Matata