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Multihulls WORLD : Lex Raas - An Unassuming Visionary

We are pleased to share this interview with Aquila's Lex Raas featured in issue 135 of MULTIHULLS WORLD, a worldwide leader in reporting on catamarans and trimarans since 1975. Text and media photo: François Trégouët

Lex Raas: An Unassuming Visionary

From the Pages of Multihulls WORLD

If you're still dreaming about your last multihull vacation, then that's partly down to this man. Despite the fact that he has never been front page news in the sailing world, he has played a vital role in the huge growth in the number of multihulls that now sail in the world's most beautiful waters. From South Africa to France and from the States to Asia, he has worked alongside some of the sailing world's most influential people. Here is a modest look back at the unusual career path of a man whose outlook has always been firmly turned towards the future.

He arrives a few minutes late to the lobby of the Miami Beach Holiday Inn, having already called to apologise. A tireless worker, despite the fact that it is only 8:30am, this is already Lex Raas's second interview of the day. It's the middle of the Yacht and Brokerage Show, yet he still manages to spend over two hours with us looking back over his incredible career. This Johannesburger's sleek physique hides a steely resolve to take on anything.

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