Mediterranean Maxi Multihull Challenge is born, there is also The Aegean 600 and the Middle

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Mediterranean Maxi Multihull Challenge
The Allegra maxi cat at the Aegean 600

Inspired by the formula of the Caribbean Maxi Multihull Series, IMA (International Maxi Association) announced the establishment of the Mediterranean Maxi Multihull Challenge in 2024. As in the Caribbean circuit, a series of regattas have been identified, four to be exact, two offshore events and two with coastal racing. Multihulls from 60 feet and up can participate in the Mediterranean Maxi Multihull Challenge.

Mediterranean Maxi Multihull Challenge

The selected regattas are the Aegean 600, La Ibiza Joy Sail, The Multihull Cup, and the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

The Mediterranean Maxi Multihull Challenge program.

It begins with what has become in just two editions already a cult regatta, the Aegean 600, scheduled from July 5: a dream race among the Greek islands, with mild temperatures, and with the Meltemi pushing the fleet along a 602-mile route in unique scenery.

September, on the other hand, sees the Balearic Islands, from September 19 to 22 the Ibiza Joy Sail, with coastal racing between Ibiza and Formentera and a rich series of social events ashore; from September 27 to 29 in Mallorca there will be the Multihull Cup, a series of coastal races also spiced up with a bit of dockside glamour.

The idea behind the IMA’s initiative is to bring together in this circuit some of the main big catamarans that normally participate in regattas in Europe, such as some Multi 70s for example, or even sport cruising catamarans.

International Maxi Association Secretary General Andrew McIrvine, commented, “In recent years we have seen great racing between maxi catamarans such as Allegra and the Gunboats, as well as between MOD70 trimarans. This is a significant growth area within maxi yachting and we have been approached by several crews to provide them with additional structure and focus that will help grow their fleets and improve the quality of their racing. The standard of their yachts and the caliber of their crews is as high as that of our maxi monohulls. They are a welcome addition to the maxi fleet.”

 

 

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