At 00:01 UTC today, ICAP Leopard, the Farr designed 100 foot super maxi yacht owned by Mike SLADE, officially began her transatlantic speed record attempt from Ambrose Light, off New York.
In order to beat the current Transatlantic record for a monohull under the World Sailing Speed Record Council's (WSSRC) powered sails rule 5c of 8 days, 3 hours and 29 minutes set by 246 foot yacht Phocea in July 1988, she will need to cross the finish line at Lizard Point Lighthouse before 03:30 UTC on Wednesday 4 June.
Chris SHERLOCK, Boat Captain aboard ICAP Leopard, commented: "We got off to a fairly quick start from Ambrose Light, passing it just after midnight [UTC], doing around 27 knots. It has been a very fast, wet and windy first 12 hours. We are all settling into our watch system, trying to eat the required amount of freeze dried food to refuel and then rest before getting drenched for another four hour stint on deck with the boat speed anywhere between 20 and 30 knots."
Due to ICAP Leopard's busy schedule, she was only graced with a five day weather window in which to begin the record attempt. Whilst owner Mike SLADE is confident that ICAP Leopard can break the record, the crew will be hoping that the window they have chosen will provide them with consistent wind until the finish.
SHERLOCK continued: "The forecast for the next few days is for more of the same and from then on we are in the hands of the weather gods to get through a ridge with not a great deal of wind in it. We are hoping things will change by the time we get there."
To follow ICAP Leopard's progress, visit the online tracker at: www.leopard3.com
Chris SHERLOCK (AUS)
Paul STANBRIDGE (GBR)
Mark THOMAS (AUS)
Tim SELLARS (AUS)
Zane GILLS (AUS)
Barnaby HENSHAW DEPLEDGE (GBR)
Ross MONSON (IRL)
Paul QUINN (NZL)
Gian AHLUWALIA (ARG)
Ben MORRISON JACK (AUS)
Jonathan CARTER (BER)
Matthew RICHARDSON (GBR)
The Record To Beat
Record: Transatlantic W to E, Ambrose Light - Lizard Point (monohull powered sails rule 5c)
Skipper: Bernard TAPIE (FRA)
Dates: July 1998
Elapsed time: 8 days, 3 hours and 29 minutes
Distance: 2,925 nm
Average Speed: 14.96 knots
World Sailing Speed Record Council - www.sailspeedrecords.com