The three super maxis in the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet will step up their preparations with the inaugural Income Asset Management Australian Maxi Championship.
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will host the inaugural Income Asset Management Australian Maxi Championship from 3-7 December 2021.
The regatta was introduced by Australian Sailing to provide additional valuable racing for Maxis and Racer Cruisers.
The 2021 Income Asset Management Australian Maxi Championship will be conducted over four races and will feature Maxis (80-100 foot), Mini Maxis (60-79 foot) and Racer Cruisers (60 foot+).
In an exciting prelude to the Line Honours battle for the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart, the super maxis will line up for the opening race of the Income Asset Management Australian Maxi Championship - the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore's Cabbage Tree Island Race on Friday 3 December.
Peter Harburg's Reichel/Pugh 100 Black Jack, Christian Beck's Juan-K 100 LawConnect and Seng Huang Lee's Dovell 100 SHK Scallywag 100 are joined by the Grant Wharington-led Botin 80 Stefan Racing in the Maxi Division.
The Mini Maxi Division features Philip Turner's Reichel/Pugh 66 Alive (the 2018 Tattersall Cup winner), Sean Langman's Reichel/Pugh 69 Moneypenny, David Gotze's Reichel/Pugh 63 No Limit, Anthony Johnston's Reichel/Pugh 72 URM, David Griffith's JV62 Whisper, The Oatley Family's Reichel/Pugh 66 Wild Oats X and Jim Cooney's Volvo 70 Willow.
Patrick and Keith Broughton's classic S&S Yawl Kialoa II is entered in the Racer Cruiser Division.
Following the Cabbage Tree Island Race, the fleet will take on up to two passage races on Monday 6 December.
For the Maxi and Mini Maxi divisions, the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Tuesday 7 December serves as the Income Asset Management Australian Maxi Championship finale.
The Racer Cruiser Division will round out the regatta with another passage race on the same day.
Entries close on Monday 29 November 2021.
Meet the fleets: