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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.

Be a part of the story and follow the latest updates at maverick49.com or via their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages!

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

#BeaMaverick #FollowTheStory #lovegreatbritain

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

#BeaMaverick #FollowTheStory

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.

Q

Maverick retire from Caribbean 600 due to injury

Maverick retire from Caribbean 600 due to injury

ANNOUNCEMENT

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 

#rorcrc600

Skipper Olly RORC Transatlantic blog: Day 6

Skipper Olly RORC Transatlantic blog: Day 6

Good Morning team Maverick Fans!

Welcome to day 6.Apologies that there was no blog on Day 5 but we had a bit on. The sailing went relatively to plan as per my blog on day 4. We continued to head west and the breeze built as the afternoon went on and veered onto our beam. We moved through the wardrobe untill we ended upon the Jib top Genoa Staysail combo (one of our favorites on the yacht) as the wind built so did the boat speeds until we were regularly sitting in the high teens low 20's of boat speed. It was still light but I was below trying toget some sleep. I knew that I would have to pilot the yacht in the pitch dark of night.

Just before dusk we played with a few sail settings (reefs etc) to try and find the optimum. Strangely we took too much sail off and the yacht lost her dynamic stability and we could not make good progress. This meant we returned to one reef and got ready.

I have never had an experience like this. Regardless of the outcome of this race (which I am still hopeful will be a good one) helming a 46 ft yacht at regular speeds in excess of 20 kts at night with no moon, no stars and no horizon in short sharp seas was a phenomenal experience. All I could see was the green and red hugh of the navlights as it light up the huge amounts of spray.

I must say thanks to Ocean Rodeo for the dry suits. They were fantastic in the supremely wet conditions and I have been living in mine for the last few days.

Too the now. We eventually (sooner than we hoped) had to stop foiling ad go into an upwind mode as the wind veered further ahead of the front. This was forcing us north but we held our nerve and in the early morning the front went through with 34 kts of wind as its peak wind speed. Soon after we tacked over onto the other board to start heading south. Initially we were again in an upwind mode but have been slowly freed (too slowly) as the wind continues to veer. Unfortunately the wind we are now experiencing is a bit less than we hoped for and we cant quite keep Maverick on the foil. It is ossilating between 10 and 14 kts. This is not ideal as we need to foil in order to compete with the much larger yachts. We also need to make good progress south before the large developing high pressure makes things too flat.

The likelihood is that we will need to work through a transition zone sometime tomorrow and we will finally be in the trades (although weak ones).

In other news Piers seems to be reacting well to the cocktail of medication I have given him (other than falling over on the bow a lot,). And this may seem funny but as theHydraulic oil levels are falling more slowly as we use the keel less and Sean had a nice birthday. We have another birthday soon with Mr. Kees Postma having his first birthday at sea.

Down below is in pretty good shape but I am looking forward to conditions that will allow us to dry down below out. The sails collect a huge amount of water and we have to live with them down below. I'm just about to go and help Kees bail. As this yacht has no bilges if you do not bail out the water you get to live in it. Not condusive to a comfortable crossing!

I have only just discovered the Expeditions foods Custard and Apple and Beef Strogonoff. They are fantastic.

Anyway that is all for now peeps....

"When I'm old, i plan to look back on my life and say, 'wow, that was an adventure,' not, 'wow, I sure felt safe," Tom preston-werner

Olly Out....

Kees Postma RORC Transatlantic Race blog: Day 5

Kees Postma RORC Transatlantic Race blog: Day 5

Hello world!

Kees here, bringing you the latest from rocketship Maverick. As I sit here in Eric's office, the guys on deck are foiling at 18 kts of boat speed in 16 knots of wind. Finally we get a chance to use this boat like it was meant to!

After a few days of straightforward sailing today has been an eventful day. We started the day with the Masthead Zero, then changed to the A2 for better downwind VMG. Now we are cycling through our sail wardrobe as the breeze is shifting forward and building. We've seen the Fractional Zero for a few hours, right now its the Jib Top and Genoa Staysail combination, and sometime tonight it will be the J2 which is ready to go on deck. Hopefully these conditions will allow us to make some gains on Aragon and Leopard before we're back to a bit of upwind sailing.

Today is also Sean McCarter's birthday! He failed to mention this to any of us but fortunately Skipper Olly got a reminder email. We all celebrated with a swig of rum and the birthday boy had a 1000 calorie Chicken Korma for his birthday lunch. What more can a man wish for!

Last night we saw an enormous piece of space junk that made its way into the atmosphere, we think no more than 50 miles away. It lit up the whole boat and lasted for a number of seconds. We concluded that in space terms this classifies as a near miss and we are now space junk survivors.

After so many days, weeks, months of working on this yacht it is nice to get the chance to enjoy and learn her for more than just two or three days at a time.

Thanks for reading, Kees out.

Navigator Eric Holden's RORC Transat Blog: Day 3

Navigator Eric Holden's RORC Transat Blog: Day 3

Day 3 Blog

Conditions have been pretty gentle today with winds of 5-10 kts and a light northerly swell. This has allowed us to chase down some gremlins in the boat systems. We have an oil leak in the hydraulic system, air is getting into the watermaker plumbing, and we're getting about half the expected output from the hydrogenerator. Earlier we fixed an electrical fault in the bilge pumps and boat instruments. The watermaker is behaving again and we're monitoring the other problems which aren't critical at this stage.

With the weather as benign as it currently is, the team is asking when we might see the trade winds. I hesitate to answer as it looks like we're stuck with what we've got for the next few days. This is not really the conditions that suit us over the larger boats but as we're still making progress and sailing a couple knots above the wind speed we don't have much to complain about.

A nice perk in these conditions is that we're all getting plenty of rest while the boat glides along gently. This is a treat as when she gets moving she is noisy and rough, and sleep only gets easy once exhaustion sets in.

Until later....Eric

Sean McCarter RORC transat crew blog Day 3

Sean McCarter RORC transat crew blog Day 3

Good morning sports fans!

Team Maverick are well underway in this years RORC Transatlantic race. To be totally honest, it wasn't the start we were looking for with almost 24hrs upwind. Some of the bigger yachts are definitely better suited to punching through short, steep seas than our 5.5 tonne flyer.

At lunchtime today, we finally hoisted the first kite of the race and have been sitting comfortably between 12-17 kts (in similar wind speed) making good use of our DSS foil.

It's hard to complain; blasting into the sunset, impressive volcanic-backdrop of La Gomera to port and a delicious bag of Expeditions finest freeze-dried Spaghetti Bolognaise......

(big gap in typing...... as Sean gets called on-deck)

Sorry about that. As I was writing this I must have jinxed us as the wind shadow reached out from La Palma to grab us. We are all good after some quick crew work we are back in the gradient wind and making good boat speeds.

Anyway I have been up now for three watches so am going to sign off.

PS Can someone tell me how much Ireland beat Australia by?

Sean McCarter out...