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Team Maverick Bring DSS Foiling Technology to the Newport Bermuda Race

Team Maverick Bring DSS Foiling Technology to the Newport Bermuda Race

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This year Team Maverick will be entering their Infiniti 46R into the prestigious Newport to Bermuda Race. With them they will bring their unique, twin Dynamic Stability System (DSS) foils. This technology enables the yacht to retain increased righting moment allowing Maverick to carry more sail (power) when compared with a narrower yacht.

Maverick launched in 2016 and is the only yacht of its size to incorporate twin DSS foils. 

Newport to Bermuda is a 635 nautical mile offshore race. This iconic race is the oldest regularly scheduled offshore sailing event. The race's nickname is "The thrash to the onion patch" and the 2018 thrash to the patch will see Team Maverick hit the start line on the 15th June. 

With recent partnerships announced between Team Maverick and Zhik as well as the GREAT Britain Campaign, the team are hard to miss. With a large Union Jack on the mainsail, bright orange foils protruding from the hull and the latest Zhik offshore gear, this carbon fibre bullet certainly stands out!

For more information on the Newport to Bermuda race and how to catch up on all the action, check out the event 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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For more information on Zhik and their innovative sailing wear visit: https://www.zhik.com/ #madeforwater

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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

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The making of a Maverick

The making of a Maverick

A few years ago a recent university graduate stormed down a London high street. Freshly pressed dry cleaning in hand, the 22 year old grumbled down the phone, “What did you do with the trousers? No they’re not in there you must have lost them!” later establishing they had been left on the pavement for a lucky trouser-less pack of dogs, the young man attended his first interview to become a banker in jeans and a blazer. This youngster was called Andrew; needless to say he did not get the job. A year later he would become one of the youngest skippers to race a team of novice sailors around the world.

She is a Maverick and so are they, willing to try something new in the hope of doing something different.

Four years ago another young man was catching the tube on the London underground where he had landed his dream job in financial management. This commute would change his life forever.  Having seen a poster to race a yacht around the world, 20-year-old James picked up his phone and booked it instantly. “Some of my best decisions in life have been made in a split second,” James would later go on to say. From that moment his life would never be the same; and so the meeting of a unique bunch of Mavericks would begin.

A year after these two events took place Andrew became the skipper of a 70 ft. boat that would race novice crews around the world, achieving a respectable podium third. James also joined the race as crew on a competing boat.

During their circumnavigation James and Andrew became friends along with Ivan, a wealthy entrepreneur who decided to join the race simply to see if he liked sailing. That should tell you all you need to know about Ivan right there!

“What if we did something different?” the casual, unassuming Ivan said to his friends over a cold beer, “what if we really did this? I’m going to build a boat with cutting edge technology, hit the racing circuit to see if it works and hopefully turn some heads while I’m at it! Are you in?” Not ready for their sailing adventure to end James and Andrew answered in unison “Absolutely!”

Now, none of them knew what it would take to build a boat or how hard it would be to even get to the start line. Over the coming years there were very tough times, long hours and late nights, but love for the project prevailed above all.

Team Maverick now compete in competitive sailing events around the world, combining a canting keel, foiling stability systems and a wide array of complex gadgets. When they started out they didn’t even know whether the boat would perform the way they had predicted. She is a Maverick and so are they, willing to try something new in the hope of doing something different.

To find out how it all turns out follow their story here and via our socia media network. #TeamMaverick #FollowTheStory

Author: Hannah Cotterell Media