Alegre, the Mini Maxi “designed” for skateboarding

MILLS 72 ALEGREAt the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo sailors, enthusiasts and just curious on the dock stopped to watch Alegre, Andres Soriano’s Mills 72, the latest Mini Maxi.


The reason for such an attraction? The deck, with the foredeck declining toward the cockpit in a single plane, eliminating the structural problem of 90-degree hinged bulkheads. The “ramp” deck also makes it easy for the crew to move around in every phase of maneuvering. Just imagine: you could theoretically skateboard the entire length of the boat! What about the water? According to the crew, it drains rapidly downwind: with wave, spray on deck reaches the ankles and not at waist level.


Construction began in June 2012 at Longitud Cero Composites shipyards (where most TP52s designed by Botin Studio are built). Soriano asked designer Mark Mills for a boat that could replicate the successes of the first 68-footer Alegre. Like its predecessor, the new 72′ is devoted to light airs, with a hull and sail area that guarantee the best within 12 knots of wind. The 184-square-foot mainsail makes all the difference at the start, when it assumes crucial importance to take the wind up and clear any cover and turbulence first.


Launched last spring, the Mills 72 won at the Copa del Rey Mapfre in Palma, finished second at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo and dominated the IRC 1 category at the Rolex Middle Sea Race. This may just be the beginning, explains Mills: “Everyone hopes to be as competitive as possible immediately after the launch. But given the size and level of complexity of these boats, including a crew of 22 people, it will take at least a year before the boat reaches its full potential.”


Overall length 21.95 m
Length at waterline 20.27 m
Maximum beam 5.68 m
Draft 5.1 m
Mainsail area 184 sqm
Jib area 128 sqm
Spinnaker area 476 sqm
Mark Mills design



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