Photo Credit : Mark Gardner

Lionheart dominates Menorca Maxi securing regatta victory in Mahon


The Menorca Maxi, a spectacular May event involving nine Wally Yachts and three of seven J Class yachts currently in operation. This prestigious event sees these beautiful yachts battling it out for podium honours in what can only be described as one of the most exclusive regattas to be held in the Mediterranean. 

With extremely high competition and stunning yachts providing exceptional spectator views, this is an unforgettable regatta attracting top sailors from around the world, from Americas Cup pros to Volvo Ocean racers and other pro athletes.

Wally Yachts are high performance; custom designed maxi yachts built for exceptional performance, incorporating the latest in sailing technology.

The J Class are classic 38-42 metre yachts which have roots steeped back to the iconic 1930’s Americas Cup!

Lionheart, a fully Harken equipped J Class Yacht, has seen great success in the 2014 Menorca Maxi claiming five consecutive wins in an unbeatable record that secured regatta victory for the crew in Mahon.

Mark Gardner, the Custom Projects Manager for Harken UK, races on Lionheart full time. Mark works alongside Mike Motti trimming the main using Harken 1135 winches as well as Harken Hydraulics to continuously adjust the sail shape to maximise speed. 

Lionheart, built by Freddie Bloemsma and Claassen Jachtbouw arrived on the racing circuit in 2012 and has won prestigious regattas such as the Kings 100 Guinea Cup, an historic race around the Isle of Wight in the UK.

When asked about Harken’s involvement Nigel Ingram, Project Manager for Lionheart commented,

“Harken winches and deck hardware are an integral part of Lionheart’s performance equipment and as the racing team have worked the yacht up over the last two seasons this equipment has been loaded and tested to ever higher levels. Harken’s attention and support have been an important part of Lionheart’s continued improvement and recent success in winning every race in the Menorca J Class event.”

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