“We decided to go for the extreme,” explained owner Rombelli. ‘The Racing Mini Maxi Class is almost one design. It is a box rule but very strict; the owners have just voted that no boat will have a TCC (IRC Handicap) above 1.60. for the next five years.” Stig’s hull was made from a CNC milled female mold, which produced a very accurate finished product in a short period of time.
LIGHT WEIGHT The weight saving on Stig is quite remarkable, even the anti-slip deck is pinstripe, saving 50 per cent of the weight of the application. Stig has only been racing for a few months and the learning curve is very steep but there is no doubt the latest Mini Maxi is one hell of a weapon.
BARE BELOW Whilst Stig has a similar rating to Rán, there is a big difference internally. Rán is not exactly fitted out but it does have far more internal structure. Stig has virtually nothing inside, just a few pipe cots and a minimal gas hob for cooking freeze dried offshore. ‘We don’t worry about damaging the teak or the table because they are not there,” said Rombelli.
When Stig was launched she was 400-500 kg lighter than any of the previous Racing Mini Maxis, which prompted several competitors to replace their keel with a deeper fin but a lighter bulb. This did save weight but Stig has a heavier bulb and therefore more righting moment, which all adds up to more performance; the weight saving isn’t just confined down below.
Stig has no vang at all; a single Dyneema strop is attached to the boom, which leads to a hydraulic pump. Stig relies heavily on hydraulic power but there are no electrical pumps. All of the hydraulic pressure is produced by man-power; the latest rotary drive system connects all of four pedestal grinding stations to a carbon fibre reservoir.
Stig has a removable bowsprit. The owner Rombelli insists that the extra kilogram of structure required to make this happen is worth it. The flexibility in sail choice it allows is a major advantage. If Stig decided to change the size of its downwind sails, fitting a bigger or smaller bowsprit is very easy. Also if the sprit breaks it is easy to replace. Photo Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
CARBON RIGGING Stig is equipped with full carbon rigging developed and built by Carbo-Link, the Swiss company renowned for its revolutionary products. For example, the bobstay has a built in 12 ton load sensor, which gives the crew exact performance data. Many TP52s use Carbo-Link bobstays and Groupama (winner of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race) are customers.