Super Maxis are the yachts that claim all serious world records in sailing, be it Trans-Atlantic crossings or speed records. The Audi ultra is 95 feet in length and 14 stories high, making it highly visible when sailing into any harbour in the world, and delivering instant brand visibility.
The skipper of the boat, Ludde Ingvall, has twice raced around the world. He and his team have achieved:
2 x World Championships in the Maxi class
2 x Line honours in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race
2nd in the 2001 Sydney to Hobart after being caught in a tornado
2 x Overall and line honours in the Rolex Fastnet Race
Set the Trans-Atlantic World Record from New York to England
6 times Overall victory in the Gotland Runt race in Sweden
Second in the South Atlantic Race from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro
Line honours and overall victory in the 100th Anniversary of the Chicago to Mackinac as well as the following year.
Winner of the Canon Big Boat Challenge
Today - Monday September 26 2011 - it leaves the bay (Marina Bay) and heads over to Sentosa Island for a few days of training with a Singapore crew before heading north to Hong Kong.
The logistics of the departure from the bay is mind boggling and if you happen to be in the area around 5.00pm this afternoon ..... go down to the Helix Bridge (photo above of the bridge was taken in May 2010) and watch the Audi ultra Super Yacht manoeuvre its departure by going under the bridge SIDEWAYS with most of the hull being under water!
here is a link to the YouTube clip of the yacht when it arrived into Singapore going under the bridges. Well worth watching!
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