After an impressive start, the 100ft super-maxi ICAP Leopard met a high pressure system off the UK on June 5 that dashed any hopes of its breaking the monohull transatlantic speed record, currently held by Mari Cha IV.
”We have a great yacht, which has now proven itself over the last three years to be physically fast enough and powerful enough to easily churn out 500-plus miles day after day and could have broken this record,” said owner Mike Slade. “However, on this occasion it materialized that the weather was not on our side, and after a fantastic run at the start the crew were forced to gybe all the way home during the latter part of the race.”
ICAP Leopard began her journey at Ambrose Light, off New York Harbor, on May 29, and needed to cross the finish line at Lizard Point off the southern tip of England before 12:37 UTC on June 5 to break the current record of 6 days, 17 hours and 52 minutes. The attempt to beat this record was abandoned at 2:00 UTC on Saturday, 420 nautical miles from the finish.
“The crew did a phenomenal job to put us in such a great position during the first five days of the attempt,” said Capt. Chris Sherlock. “It is really disappointing that our record attempt was thwarted by the wind gods, but no doubt we’ll be back to take on the mighty Atlantic again next year.”
ICAP Leopard will spend the rest of the summer sailing in UK waters, competing in the JP Morgan Round the Island Race on June 19 and the Sevenstar Round Great Britain & Ireland Race on August 23.
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