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Super-maxi hitches a ride

Five weeks after breaking the West Marine Pacific Cup record, sailing 2,070 miles from San Francisco to Hawaii in a little more than five days, the 140-foot monohull Mari-Cha IV gained another note of distinction. The carbon fiber racer became the “largest sailing yacht ever to be transported on the deck of a container ship,” according to the carrier, British-based Complete Freight.

Owned by Robert Miller, founder of airport retailer Duty Free Shoppers, Mari-Cha IV was loaded onto an Italia Line container ship Aug. 14 in Long Beach, Calif., for transport to the Mediterranean. The super-maxi, with its 20-foot bulb at the end of its canting keel and 30-foot beam, occupied the space normally filled by 139 containers. A custom cradle was designed for the sailing yacht, which was delivered without incident to Genoa, Italy, Sept. 15.