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New Mediterranean series for maxis

20190314 54In 2019 the International Maxi Association (IMA) celebrates the 40th anniversary of its establishment by notable maxi boat owners of the day, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Raul Gardini, John Kilroy and William Whitehouse-Vaux. From its modest, relatively low-key beginnings, today the Association, and the sport it represents, have grown beyond all recognition.
The International Maxi Association is formally recognised by World Sailing as representing the interests of maxi boat owners internationally and it is thanks to this arrangement that two World Championships can be held: for the Maxi 72s and the J Class, both classes officially affiliated to the IMA.

For the last three seasons the International Maxi Association has championed the Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge (MMOC). This annual five event series starts with October's Rolex Middle Sea Race and concludes with the Palermo Montecarlo the following August. It was designed by the International Maxi Association to encourage maxi boat owners to campaign their giant sailing yachts offshore.

For this, it's 40th anniversary year, the International Maxi Association is introducing a sister circuit, the Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge (MMIC). Unlike its offshore sibling, the MMIC will run over a calendar year, kicking off with the Real Club Nautico de Palma's Sail Racing PalmaVela in May and concluding in October with Les Voiles de St Tropez. Here the winner will be announced at a special gala dinner.

The 2019 MMIC will comprise:
Sail Racing PalmaVela (Palma, Mallorca) 8-12 May
Rolex Capri Sailing Week – inshores (Capri, Italy) 15-18 May
Rolex Giraglia – inshores (Saint-Tropez, France) 9-11 June
Copa del Rey MAPFRE (Palma, Mallorca) 27 July - 3 August
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (Porto Cervo, Sardinia) 1-7 September
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez (Saint-Tropez, France) 28 September - 6 October

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