Maximus cracks keel during delivery from New Zealand

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  • By Jennifer Crooks
  • 16 Dec 2007 15:09:00
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Bill Buckley’s 30m New Zealand maxi Maximus, one of the Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours prospects, this morning radioed a PAN PAN emergency radio call after discovering a 20cm crack in their canting keel.

Bill Buckley’s 30m New Zealand maxi Maximus, one of the Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours prospects, this morning radioed a PAN PAN emergency radio call after discovering a 20cm crack in their canting keel.

Maximus left Auckland on Wednesday and was in the final stages of the delivery trip to Sydney when the crew heard a loud bang. Early this morning they sent a diver overboard to investigate, which is when they discovered the cracked keel.

No one is injured and the boat is not taking water.

It is believed the crew, which includes owner Buckley and helmsman Ross Field, advised AusSAR, the national search and rescue organisation based in Canberra, of their situation and they in turn advised Sydney Water Police which is sending a vessel to accompany them into Sydney and render assistance if required.

At 11.30am AEST this morning, Maximus reported they were 115 nautical miles east of Sydney and were motoring at 8 knots in a 20 knot nor’easterly which means, based on current speed, they are due into Sydney early tomorrow morning.

A southerly change is due tonight.

Maximus, touted as the dark horse in the looming line honours contest, was dismasted early in the first morning of last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart and was returning to Sydney to settle unfinished business.

At this stage is it is not known whether the crack is repairable.

It is presumed Maximus will go straight to Woolwich Dock to have the damage assessed.

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