Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

ICAP Leopard preparing for Boxing Day Race Start

23rd December 2009
ICAP Leopard preparing for Boxing Day Race Start

Round Ireland record breaker ICAP Leopard, the 100ft supermaxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar CEO Mike Slade, is now training hard in Sydney ahead of her assault on the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race. Her crew inlcudes Wexford's Justin Slattery. This 628 mile “offshore classic” will see 100 yachts from all over the world tackle the fearsome Bass Strait in a bid to be the first to cross the Hobart finish line.

The start gun is set to fire at 13:00 (local time) on Boxing Day, when ICAP Leopard will come up against stiff competition in the form of her lighter antipodean rivals Wild Oats XI and Alfa Romeo. ‘Oats is searching for her fifth consecutive line-honours victory but ICAP Leopard has already finished first in the Rolex Fastnet and Middle-Sea races this year and is definitely in the hunt for the world’s most prestigious offshore racing treble.

A tropical storm in the north of Western Australia is currently making any form of prediction difficult for navigator Hugh Agnew, but preliminary forecasts have shown stronger breeze for the start, which would suit the heavyweight British challenger. However, with conditions remaining unstable Slade and crew are likely to face a titanic struggle with their rivals in the run-in to Hobart.

Boat Captain Chris Sherlock commented: “Since arriving in Sydney we have had a lot on but we will be 100 percent ready and focused by start time. We are training hard now out on the water and are confident that, if the conditions go our way, we can take line-honours and the treble. The competition will be fierce but we can’t wait to get started and hopefully lead the fleet to Tasmania.”

Published in Sydney to Hobart
Afloat.ie Team

About The Author

Afloat.ie Team

Email The Author

Afloat.ie is Ireland's dedicated marine journalism team.

Have you got a story for our reporters? Email us here.

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading Afloat.ie than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open.

Afloat.ie is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button
Who is Your Sailor Sailor of the Year 2019?
Total Votes:
First Vote:
Last Vote:

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events 2020

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating