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12th August 2009 Racing
Property developer Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard secured a second consecutive line honours victory in the Rolex Fastnet Race in the early hours of this morning. With the mixed conditions the 100ft super-maxi was considerably behind the course record she set…
100ft super-maxi first home in prestigious offshore race
On Wednesday 12th August at 01:09:36 BST ICAP Leopard crossed the finish line to take line honours in the Fastnet race for the second consecutive time. The 100ft super-maxi racing yacht, owned by Helical Bar PLC Chief Executive Mike Slade,…
Clifden Regatta 2009 'great success'!
With 22 yachts racing in two classes, Clifden Boat Club's Annual Regatta was an excellent event this year. Overall winners were Clifden's own Hallmark in IRC and Optique, of Galway, in Echo. Full Overall results? Class 1 IRC, Class 1…
Reining in the Leopard
The ‘when will they arrive?’ lottery has begun this afternoon in sunny Sutton Harbour, the new arrival point for the Rolex Fastnet Race in Plymouth. While a line honours victory for Mike Slade’s 100ft super-maxi ICAP Leopard might seem obvious,…
First Around the Fastnet Rock
At 00:26 GMT this morning Mike Slade’s 100ft supermaxi ICAP Leopard was the first boat in the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race to round the Fastnet Rock off the coast of southwestern Ireland. In a 10-15 knot westerly breeze, Karl Kwok’s…
Royal St. George to host  Leinster Match Racing
Hot on the heels of last month’s Dublin Match Racing Open the Royal St George host to the Helly Hansen Leinster Match Racing Championships this weekend. Brian Reilly and Andrew Deakin will sit out this round due to their other…
'Legally Brunette'  approaches the Lizard
Update from Legally Brunette Skipper Paul Egan: "And then last night the winds died. A group of boats "enjoyed" some sailing through the heavy tides around Portland Bill, including ourselves. Having been stalled by the flooding tide we were whipped…
Heading for the Rock
Day 2 update: After a tricky first night at sea, the mid-fleet in the Rolex Fastnet Race have experienced a rainy grey day at sea as they slog upwind westward along the English south coast. As expected the big boats…
Dorset coast’s overnight parking lot
Rolex Fastnet Race : Update 1 - Monday 10th August 2009 Overnight conditions in the Rolex Fastnet Race have ranged from tricky to impossible. While this morning at the 0600 update, Mike Slade’s ICAP Leopard was approaching Lizard Point, the…
Irish sailor is top world U17
Courtown sailor Philip Doran has won the U17 section of the Radial Youth World Championships in Karatsu, Japan with Oliver Loughead in second place giving Ireland a ‘one, two’ on the podium at U17 level. Philip finished 9th overall in…
Fastnet update: 'Legally Brunette' dodging calm spots
1900 Sunday Dun Laoghaire's Paul Egan, co-skipper of Legally Brunette, one of six Irish entries in the Fastnet race, reports from onboard: "We're off Swanage, looking at Portland Bill, 5kts of wind, 1.2 of tide behind us and 2 kts…
Fastnet Race: Spinnakers up, they're off
Morning dockside rumours of delays and divisions of boats having to kedge on the start line were roundly proven wrong as the Rolex Fastnet Race fleet, as well as spectators along the Cowes shoreline, enjoyed a magnificent, colourful spinnaker start.…
Final results at Sligo Mermaids Week
Mermaid Week 2009 concluded today at Sligo Yacht Club, with the final race being abandoned due to lack of wind. Paddy Dillon, Johnny Dillon and Rory Grimes sailing No. 131 Wild Wind are the new National Champions. This is Paddy’s…
ICAP Leopard set to tackle light winds in Rolex Fastnet Race
This Sunday ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar PLC chief executive Mike Slade, will set sail in the prestigious Rolex Fastnet race. This biennial race is famous for fierce conditions, however forecasters are predicting a…
Dillon grabs Mermaid on penultimate day
Paddy Dillon, sailing No. 131 Wild Wind (formerly Paula) is now certain to win the Mermaid Trophy. With a first, three seconds and a third in the first five races, Paddy and his crew Johnny Dillon and Rory Grimes don’t…
OC trackers for Fastnet entrants
A record entry of 300 boats will each carry an OC Tracker for the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts from Cowes on Sunday, 9th August. The Fastnet Race is a 608 nautical mile offshore classic which sees boats ranging…

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