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news - Supermaxi ICAP Leopard attempts to break outright cross atlantic record!

June 01 2010

ICAP Leopard Begins Transatlantic Record Attempt

On May 29, at 18h 45m 38s UTC, ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar PLC chief executive Mike Slade, crossed the start line at Ambrose Light to begin her attempt on the 2,925 nautical mile monohull transatlantic speed record. ICAP Leopard will need to cross the finish line at Lizard Point before 12h 37m UTC on Saturday 5th June to break the current record held by Mari Cha IV of 6 days, 17 hours and 52 minutes.

Starting in 15 knots of wind, ICAP Leopard headed north to hook into a weather system developing over Nova Scotia this weekend. It was hoped that ICAP Leopard would be able to ride this weather system all the way across, however she may encounter some high pressure on the approach to the UK. It is hoped a fast start will give ICAP Leopard a good chance of getting through the high pressure and across the line in record time.

Monday morning ICAP Leopard was well on track to a new outright trans-Atlantic record and was roughly 90 miles ahead of Mari Cha IV´s position at her record.

ICAP Leopard will be carrying a GPS tracker during her record attempt, to follow her progress online go to: