Named for sponsor, CQS, founded by the boat’s backer and Ludde Ingvall’s cousin, Sir Michael Hintze, this is Ludde Ingvall’s 90ft Nicorette made over as a 100ft super maxi, launched in November in New Zealand where she was rebuilt. Working with a top technical team including yacht designers, engineers, yacht builders, rig designers and sail makers, he has produced a boat that pushes the boundaries. The distinctive new hull shape features a reverse bow, an outsized bowsprit, ‘wings’ to spread the shroud base supporting the mast and a wide platform across the cockpit area. Ingvall has taken Sydney Hobart line honours twice - in 2000 with his 79ft Nicorette and in 2004 with the newly launched 90ft, Nicorette, from which this new boat was created. Other line honours Hobart results are: retired 2010 with Nicorette renamed YuuZoo; seventh 2009 (YuuZoo); fifth 2005 (as AAPT); retired 2003; fifth 2002; retired 2001; seventh 1997.
Along the way Ingvall will be supporting the ‘White Knight Foundation’, a charity formed after Australian teen Liam Knight sustained lifelong injuries following an unprovoked attack when a 2.8m steel rod pierced his skull. The charity provides support for young victims of youth violence. The yacht will feature a white knight in its logo. Chris Dickson and Rodney Keenan add extra oomph to this crew. In late November, took line honours in the 320nm Round White Island Race in New Zealand – her first race.
|Crew||M Hintze, D Ward (15), L Chapman (3), M Rummel, C Skinner, M Paine, R Creevey, D Wood, S Minoprio (1), M Baker, A Bartlett, L Andresen, C Egerton-Warbur, C Dickson, R Keenan, C Main, C Crossan|
|Type||Simonis Voogd / Bakewell-White Supermaxi|
|Designer||Simonis Voogd / Bakewell-White|