CANNONBALL RACING CHARTERS 72 FT

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Welcome on board Cannonball

Welcome on board  on the beautiful 72 ft Mini Maxi CANNONBALL.

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from where we came.”

John F. Kennedy, speaking at a dinner for the America’s Cup in September 1962

 

Our Goal

1st in class: Newport/Bermuda Race 19881st in class: Italian Championship 1989

Maxi Worlds 1987
The third edition of the Maxi Yacht World Championships were held in Newport, USA, in June 1987. These championships began in 1985 with four boats and grew to nine boats across two divisions by the time of the 1987 series. US regulars Kialoa V, Ondine VII, Matador and Boomerang were joined in the maxi group by the Swiss yacht Milene V. The mini-maxi division saw the Italian yacht Il Moro di Venezia and Emeraude of France join the US yachts Obsession and Cannonball.

Cannonball Wins – Newport to Bermuda Yacht Race
From the Onion Patch Series off Newport, RI, to the finish in Bermuda, you get a crew’s eye view of modern day ocean racing aboard a state-of-the-art yacht. Skippered by Charles Robertson, the Maxi “Cannonball” rockets to victory in this demanding four-day race. More exciting than the outcome, however are the details of strategy, navigation, and day-to-day life aboard a competitive deep-water racing yacht.

1988, 120 starters: IMS 78, IOR 42
IMS Winner, Cannonball, Charles A. Robertson

In the first race of the day Gianluigi Serena’s Enfant Terrible (ITA), with America’s Cup sailor Paolo Cian calling tactics, came in first ahead of former World Champion Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad (USA), while Carlo Alberini’s Calvi (ITA) took third place. Race two of the day, the fifth of the event so far for this division, saw Massimo Mezzaroma’s Nerone (ITA) lead the fleet across the finish line ahead of Calvi and Dario Ferrari’s Cannonball (ITA).

Charlie Robertson (Old Saybrook, CT) is returning after a 15-year absence with his Frers Mini-Maxi Cannonball. This is the big yellow boat he sailed back in 1988 to win first place in IMS.

Cannonball had a total refit in 2014/2015 and is ready for the new challenge in the Mediterraean Regatta Circuit.

 

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