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Cannonball strike


The only Maxi 72 to be launched since Momo is Italian maxi boat owner Dario Ferrari’s latest Cannonball, which arrived on the circuit in 2017. She was originally intended for Roberto Tommaso Grinover, but Ferrari acquired the project mid-build, also inheriting most of Grinover’s Robertissima crew.


In a fleet of designs mainly by Judel/Vrolijk or Mark Mills, Cannonball is the first from leading TP52 designers Botin Partners. She is also the first Maxi 72 built by Premier Composites Technologies (PCT) in Dubai, with structural calculations by Pure Engineering. She won on her first outing at Sail Racing Palmavela in May, albeit on countback from Momo and Bella Mente.


Conceptually Cannonball is unique. Although the Maxi 72s typically race


both inshore and offshore in events such as the RORC Caribbean 600, Cannonball is more of an inshore boat – this is most evident in her lower freeboard and smaller hull. “You pay a big penalty to do both inshore and offshore – you end up with a compromise boat,” explains Cannonball’s boat captain Pablo Torrado Gonzalez.


Most Maxi 72s have a chamfer between hull and deck, but on Cannonball this is enormous around the foredeck. “It is to keep centre of gravity low and it is better for windage and it is stronger and lighter, because you have 20% less deck. It’s a big gain,” says Torrado Gonzalez.


Her bow shape is unusual too. A step on from a reverse sheer, dreadnought bow, it features a large radius curve at the top, again serving to remove weight. It also reduces windage, something top of the agenda going into this


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