Fresh from taking his second line honours win in a row in the Rolex Fastnet Race, Slade and his international crew, including a number of Australians, are one of five 100ft maxis competing in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart. ICAP Leopard finished second across the line behind Wild Oats XI in the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart when both were 98-footers under the then maximum length overall limit of 30 metres. The LOA limit has since been extended to 30.48m or 100 feet with this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart the first to allow 100 foot yachts to enter, the reason Slade is back for another crack. In a decent blow the heavier built ICAP Leopard could potentially beat the Reichel Pughs to the Hobart finish line.
Link here to interviews with Mike Slade, owner of ICAP Leopard:
|Yacht Name||ICAP Leopard|
|Skipper||Mike Slade (3)|
|Crew||R Waddell, J Clark, Z Gills, D Clarke, E Turner, K Rawling, J Elliot, J Carrington, J Slattery, C Sherlock (3), G Salter (3) J Turner, R Davies (6) Z Gills (3), T Burnell (2), M Thomas (4), T Sellars (3), B Jackson (6), B Wylie (9), H Agnew (1), J Salter, R Greenhalgh, H Slade, N Dikmen, R. Davis, L. Sinclair.|
|Club||Royal Thames Yacht Club|