July 25, 2005 From the moment we saw the first images of the original Alfa Romeo super maxi yacht, and realised that Neville Crichton’s aim of building the world’s fastest and most technologically advanced maxi had been achieved, we have followed the boat with fascination. We followed her through her first major win, her win in the Giraglia, the Barcelona 35 win in front of 250,000 spectators, the Fastnet win, the coming of the canting keel design which made her non-competiive in the elite class and her final win. Now there is a new Alfa Romeo, built along the same principles and aiming for the same lofty goals. Following her launch on Tuesday 19 July 2005, the new Kiwi super maxi 'Alfa Romeo' set her sails for the first time, tested her canting keel and bettered 19 knots in a light breeze during a highly successful maiden voyage around Sydney Harbour on Friday 22 July 2005. 'Alfa Romeo', the second yacht built by New Zealand skipper and owner, Neville Crichton, to carry the name of the Italian car maker, was penned by leading American yacht designers, Reichel/Pugh and built in Sydney by McConaghy Boats.
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