“This is the second time I’ll be leaving from Falmouth to go on an adventure,” Max says. “The first time was about 4 years ago when I was 20. I left with Harry, we sailed to France and over to Spain. Harry met a girl and fell in love, so I spent the next two years doing an Atlantic circuit by myself. Even though I was badly injured during the trip, I still fell in love with the freedom and thought it was the best way to travel. I came back to Falmouth and knew instantly that I had to go again and this time I would share it with as many of my friends as I could. So, I found a boat that was up to the job – Elixir – and asked my closest friends if they wanted to come.”
That’s something I admire Max for, after experiencing the joy and freedom of sailing alone, he now wants to share it with as many of his friends as he can. So they can witness bliss in nature and understand the beauty and simplicity of sailing across oceans, just like he did when he crossed the Atlantic.
Elixir was built in 1970, at the Nautor Swan boatyard in Finland. Her hull shape is striking. She has a fine ends, and a big bulge in the middle – the tumblehome. Her sweeping lines speak of a bygone era of yacht design. Her designers, Sparkman and Stephens, originally intended her to be used for racing. Her mast is huge, and there are a ridiculous amount of winches. Sailing her will be exhilarating.