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New super maxi a smoke-free zone

Ludde Ingvall reckons his new super maxi Nicorette goes so fast you can almost see the hull smoking.

New super maxi a smoke-free zone

Ludde Ingvall reckons his new super maxi Nicorette goes so fast you can almost see the hull smoking.

Ludde Ingvall reckons his new super maxi Nicorette goes so fast you can almost see the hull smoking.

It is the only thing on the boat that does.


When it sets off as one of the favourites in the 60th anniversary Sydney Hobart race on Boxing Day, Nicorette will be flying the anti-smoking banner all the way to Tasmania.

And no one is allowed to smoke on board.

The Finnish-born Swede, who now makes his home in Sydney, is a passionate anti-smoker who believes his brand new 90-footer, sponsored by makers of nicotine-flavoured chewing gum, is "the fastest boat on the planet".

Ingvall got fuming mad when he saw how tobacco companies began to infiltrate his sport 15 years ago.

"The tobacco companies were ousted from land-based sports due to legislation that stopped them from promoting themselves in other sports.

"They all realised that yachting is in international waters, under a totally different legal framework, and they all started to sponsor yachts.

"I was absolutely furious when yachts (with names of tobacco companies) started arriving on the scene.

"I thought it was unfair that they were using my sport. It's a green sport, it's a healthy sport ... it is not a sport to be hijacked.

"We started a non-smoking team in 1991. We got a major supporter in Nicorette in 1993.

"We are now in our 12th year, and we have won two world championships, the Sydney Hobart race, the Fastnet race, we held the trans-Atlantic world record, and we have had success beyond what I ever dreamt of in my life."

AAP



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