Maritimo’s international race team was crowned UIM XCAT World Champions and XCAT Pole Position World Champions in Dubai late last year – becoming the first team in XCAT history to win both titles and also the first nonUAE team to win a world championship.
Maritimo’s lead designer and race team member Tom Barry-Cotter says the win came after a year of high and lows and was a long way from the serious accident that saw the team’s boat destroyed in an accident in April 2018.
“We competed in a new boat designed and built by Maritimo on the Gold Coast and first raced in Italy in Round 1 where it secured pole position and second place in Race 1 in its first outing. We developed the boat all year, improving handling and speed, taking two wins in Shanghai in November 2019 to set up the championship showdown with Dubai Police#3 and Abu Dhabi#4.
“We are incredibly proud and excited to bring
the championship back to Australia for the first time and share with our 300 staff at Maritimo.”
Maritimo is the only production motor yacht manufacturer with a dedicated race team competing on the international stage. The learnings from such high-pressure racing flow through to improvements and innovation in the production yacht range.