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The Leopard awaits her chance

Regular followers will know we love the extreme sport of sailing – some people will think sailing is not so extreme but when you look at what is involved we think you will agree it can get very extreme. Not only is it the elements that have to be contended with but also the logistics. Today we blog about ICAP Leopard – currently in New York just waiting for the right weather conditions for her to set forth on what we and those involved hope will be the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by a mono hull.

ICAP Leopard – photo courtesy of www.sailingweek.com

ICAP Leopard was designed by the world famous Farr Yacht Design, with styling and interior designed by Ken Freivokh. She was built by McConaghy Boats in Sydney, Australia

The yacht is 30 metres long, 6.8 metres wide, has a 5.5 metre draft, a 4.5 metre fixed bowsprit, one towering 47 metre mast and the keel cants 40 degrees either side of centreline.

The wide hull is especially suited for offshore high-speed sailing and is enhanced by the presence of a chine that improves water flow off the hull and reduces structural weight.

The rig towers at 47 metres above the water and can carry up to 15,000 square feet of sail area

Leopard - Race Photo

Photo courtesy of www.leopard3.com

With her innovative design technology and cutting edge performance, Leopard is a hugely potent racing machine. With 35 knots in her sights, she is a major contender in any regatta or offshore yacht race.

During racing, Leopard has a crew of up to 25 on board, many of whom are professional world-class sailors.

Launched in 2007 ICAP Leopard, has already broken 12 major offshore racing records, including the fastest elapsed time ever set in the prestigious Rolex Fastnet Race. The west-to-east monohull transatlantic sailing record will see her tackle the path between Ambrose Light, NY and the Lizard Point, which marks the entrance to the English Channel.

the record for monohull yachts with power-assisted systems of seven days, 19 hours and 21 minutes that she set in June 2008. Since setting this benchmark the yacht has undergone a series of modifications and the crew are confident that in the right conditions, they will be able to better Mari Cha IV’s outright monohull transatlantic speed record of 6 days 17 hours and 52 minutes.

Negotiating complex weather systems will play an integral role in ICAP Leopard’s latest transatlantic record attempt and will be monitored by veteran navigator Hugh Agnew.

The Captain of the ICAP Leopard is  Chris Sherlock who commented: “We can’t wait to get stuck into another attempt on the Atlantic record. Last time a tight weather window forced us into accepting less than ideal conditions for our record run but we have slightly more leeway this time. Our weather window will open on the 11th May and then we will have roughly three weeks to plan our departure. This should allow us to set ourselves up for the best possible weather pattern.”

Lets hope the conditions are right – may the wind be at your backs and the sun in your face, may your speed be that of a leopard – good luck we will be watching.

Here she is in this video from barneyhd showing some great action as she races across the Atlantic.

If you want to visit Leopard 3’s website click on this link http://www.leopard3.com/the_yacht.html

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