FLYING UNDER NEW COLOURS, MAXI RAGAMUFFIN, ONE OF THE ICONS OF AUSTRALIAN YACHT RACING, IS HEADING BACK TO WHERE SHE WAS ALWAYS DESTINED TO BE: CHASING ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS
Some 20 years since her last race, the newly-refitted Maxi Ragamuffin, now the flagship of new owner – Nant Distilling Company – took to the seas for the Hamilton Island Race Week, proudly flying the red, white and black colours of Australia’s only Highland Single Malt whisky.
Sights are set on The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in 2015/16 where she will once again be ready to line up in the race that made her name. These races, and others over the next few years, will precede what will be one of the biggest challenges in her proud history: a 10,000 mile journey retracing the steps of Nant Estate’s original settler, Edward Nicholas, who sailed from Cardiff to Van Diemen’s Land in 1821. This epic voyage, to take place in 2021, will mark the 200th anniversary of that historical journey.
RAG’S PROUD RACING HISTORY
In 1979, then known as Bumblebee IV, she began her racing life with outright line honours in the Sydney to Hobart. Renamed Maxi Ragamuffin in 1983, she then went on to win the inaugural Hamilton Island Race Week in 1984. It was a sign of things to come, with an amazing string of results in the Sydney to Hobart:
1985 — Third
1986 — Second
1988 — Line honours
1989 — Third
1990 — Line honours
After winning the Sydney to Mooloolaba in 1993, she was retired from racing and converted into a day charter yacht.
NANT WHISKY CLUB WELCOMES YOU ABOARD
Nant Whisky Club Members will be among the few who get to experience this wonderful part of Australian history first hand, albeit at a far more leisurely pace than her top racing speed. Maxi Ragamuffin will be a part of exclusive club events at all ports where Nant Whisky Bars are located: Salamanca, Melbourne, Sydney (coming soon), Brisbane and Fortitude Valley.