The downside of the strict New Zealand selection process was eventually laid bare as Brad Butterworth steered Mad Max to be the top individual yacht in the series, winning all three inshore races, and finishing sixth in the 180-mile medium distance race and 11th in the 630-mile Sydney-Hobart finale.
The first team was hampered by a lacklustre performance by Swuzzlebubble V, and the second team had to carry the outclassed Barnstorm, and so New Zealand failed to defend the trophy. The English team of three fast One Tonners, Highland Fling, Cifraline 3 and Panda, took the trophy by a good margin, despite Panda retiring from the Sydney-Hobart race with a fractured hull.
|Mad Max surfs downwind towards a dominant individual performance in the 1985 Southern Cross Cup|
|Mad Max during the 1986 Kenwood Cup|
By 1987 had, relatively speaking, become something of a veteran performer. For the 1987 New Zealand Admiral's Cup trials the yacht was extensively revamped and lightened by Davidson and the skipper, Tom Dodson, and sported new black and gold livery and a new name reflecting a new sponsor, Goldcorp.
|The new livery and design details for Mad Max/Goldcorp|
|The all new Goldcorp, sailing in the Auckland Anniversary Regatta in January 1987, sailing in a gusty southwesterly along the Auckland waterfront (photo P Macalister/NZ Yachting)|
|Goldcorp rounds a windward mark during the 1987 New Zealand Admiral's Cup trials|
|Goldcorp on the wind and seen here just astern and to weather of Propaganda|
|Goldcorp during the 1987 Admiral's Cup (above and below)|
A conservative and risk-free approach by the New Zealand team was only interrupted by Goldcorp in the first race when she was over the startline early and suffered chop and disturbance from the spectator fleet after re-starting. But the team put in a convincing performance in the second race, with Propaganda recording a second win, backed up by Kiwi in third and Goldcorp in tenth.
|Goldcorp sailing downwind (above) and rounding a leeward mark (below, from One Ton Facebook page) during one of the inshore races on Christchurch Bay|
|Goldcorp tactician Terry McDell keeps a close eye on the competition in the early stages of the Fastnet race (photo A Sefton)|
|Goldcorp entering Queen Anne Battery Marina after the Fastnet Race (photo Shockwave40 blog)|
|Dockside photos of Goldcorp at Cowes, 1987, above and below (photos Ian Watson)|
Goldcorp was bought by yachtsman Wink Vogel who had observed the boat during the 1987 Admiral's Cup, and negotiated the sale in 1988, before shipping the boat to the US in 1989. There she underwent a refit and was painted in her original colour scheme (white with a magenta stripe).
|Mad Max, circa early 1990s|
Vogel and his crew raced her in the 1990 Vic-Maui and the 1990 Kenwood Cup. Two years later she was chartered by a European syndicate headed by Irish yachtsman John Storey to be part of the European team in the 1992 Kenwood Cup, alongside the Spanish Larouge and France's Corum, and was skippered by Gordon McGuire with Harold Cudmore calling tactics. The team won the Cup, with Mad Max winning her division and finishing 4th or 5th overall. This was an excellent result for the old campaigner, with the regatta being held in conjunction with the 50ft and Two Ton World Championships and the competition was hot.
|Mad Max during Canadian racing events in 2007|
After the demise of the IOR in the mid-1990s Vogel put a new keel on the boat and removed some of the internal lead ballast, and increased the mainsail with a longer boom. Mad Max is currently based in False Creek, Vancouver (British Columbia) where her crew continue to win races and regattas.
|Mad Max as she appeared in 2013 at her home in Vancouver|
|Mad Max in 2016, following more recent upgrades (above and below)|
For more on Mad Max (presently for sale, as at July 2016), please see her website at www.madmaxracing.info.