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27 March 2007, 12:44 pm
Record Holder To Compete In His New 'Leopard'
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JPMorgan Asset Management Round The Island Race 2007
Cowes, Isle of Wight, Great Britain

The 2007 JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is attracting a variety of entries for this year's event - from 100 year old classic yachts to brand new racing machines, with boats ranging in size from 21 to 100 feet.
Mike SLADE (GBR) is a regular competitor in the event. Over a ten year span he has broken the monohull record three times, in three different boats. Most recently he set the mark at 4 hours, 5 minutes and 40 seconds sailing Skandia Life Leopard in 2001. This year he will be entering his brand new Farr 30 metre maxi Leopard. The canting keel gives a stability boost equal to 200 crew members sitting on the rail, but without the added weight! The rig towers 154 feet above the water, capable of carrying up to 15,000 square feet of sail.

Leopard is currently nearing completion in Sydney ready for launching in the Solent early June. The JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race will see her debut on the racing circuit here. Volvo Ocean Race winner and 2006 ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year Mike SANDERSON (NZL) will skipper the 20-strong crew.

Young Stars

Great Britain's Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year Katie MILLER (GBR) will be racing a small boat, but one that has already completed a successful voyage around Britain. MILLER, a 20 year old student at Southampton Solent University, will be joined on her 21 foot Corribee Elektra by Daniel MONK, aged 18, and together the pair will be raising further funds for The Ellen MacArthur Trust.

MONK was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2002 but nonetheless has completed the race twice for the Trust. Following a relapse after the 2005 race MONK underwent another bone marrow transplant. During his treatment, a major inspiration was to return and compete again the next year.

Trust volunteer MILLER commented, 'It is going to be great sailing with Dan in this historic race and especially on my own boat Elektra - a sistership to Ellen MACARTHUR's [(GBR)] Iduna. I know that Dan and I can't wait to get out there and sail to the best of our abilities. We have both been very lucky to be involved with the Trust and look forward to raising funds and awareness of the charity in the process.'

Online entries for the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race can be made via the dedicated website www.roundtheisland.org.uk. This year the ISC and JPMorgan Asset Management will be expanding the charitable dimension of the Round the Island Race by encouraging all entrants to make their race count for charity. A bespoke website has been set up to facilitate this. To register, simply go to http://justgiving.com/roundtheisland. Competitors can choose any charity although some may want to help fight cancer by supporting Macmillan, Breast Cancer Care, Prostate Research Campaign UK and The Ellen MacArthur Trust.

Flavia Bateson (As Amended By ISAF). Image, A fleet of over 1,600 boats took part in the race's 75th anniversary last year:© Patrick Eden/Polly Durrant
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