sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : ICAP Leopard Rambler rematch Antigua Sailing Week

ICAP Leopard Rambler rematch Antigua Sailing Week

'ICAP Leopard trails Rambler heading into Fastnet Rock. ICAP Leopard went on to take almost nine hours off the race record.'    © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

In the highly competitive world of Grand Prix yacht racing, they are currently two of the best-sailed, highest profile offshore maxis in the game. In the last year alone, they have earned headlines around the world with top-notch performances in such classic events as the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Rolex Middle Sea Race, and the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race. In fact, their epic duel in last summer’s Fastnet was a match for the ages, as the two giants were separated by a mere three seconds as they rounded the famous landmark known as Fastnet Rock.

Now, Mike Slade’s 100-foot ICAP Leopard, and George David’s 90-foot Rambler, the former Shockwave-Alfa Romeo are preparing for a rematch in the fresh tradewinds of the Caribbean. For the two state-of-the-art race boats are among the early entrants for the upcoming 41st edition of Stanford Antigua Sailing Week, scheduled from April 27-May 3.

Seventy-two boats have already registered for the 2008 running of Sailing Week, but none are larger or more impressive than ICAP Leopard, which was built Down Under at Australia’s McConaghy Boats in June 2007, and almost immediately made a mark on the sailing world. The canting keel, 40-ton ICAP Leopard may have trailed Rambler by seconds at the halfway mark of the heavy-weather 2007 Fastnet, but the 100-footer staged an impressive comeback by overtaking her rival and, in the process, smashing the race record by eight hours to take line honors after a blistering voyage of 1d, 20h, 18m, 53s. Rambler finished some 45 minutes in arrears but exacted some revenge by winning the prestigious IRC Super Zero Class on corrected time.

For the Bruce Farr-designed ICAP Leopard, the next stage of her world tour was the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race, where she finished a close second on line honors to the celebrated Australian maxi, Wild Oats XI. But owner Mike Slade couldn’t be more pleased about ICAP Leopard’s strong inaugural season of racing.

“The boat’s like a Volvo 70, stretched out to 100-feet,” said Slade. “It’s just like race horses that are good on the flat. Some prefer soft ground, (while) some are better on hard ground. We’re better in the upwind, breezier conditions.” Clearly, Slade is hoping that the strong winds for which Stanford Antigua Sailing Week is known are switched on for his steed’s Caribbean debut.
RAMBLER, USA, going head to head again in Stanford Antigua Sailing Week -  Rolex  


In the mean time, the Reichel/Pugh-designed Rambler moved forward from the Fastnet Race to record a series of strong performances in its first year under George David’s stewardship. With U.S. skipper Ken Read commanding an all-star crew of sailors who will also form the nucleus of Read’s PUMA Racing team for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, Rambler registered a rare set of “trebles”—a record-setting time, line honors, and corrected time victory—in last fall’s Rolex Middle Sea Race in the Mediterranean, and the Offshore Race Rolex Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro Race in the South Atlantic last February.

In the Middle Sea contest, Rambler covered the 606-nautical mile course in 47h, 55m, 3s, and in the Buenos Aires-Rio event, the water-ballasted 90-footer sailed the 1,123-nautical mile voyage in 4d, 9h, 55m, 45s.

Rambler was originally built in 2002 for Aussie sailor Neville Crichton, who called the boat Shockwave. David had been contemplating the commission of a brand-new maxi, but he knew that would be a process that would take years; he wanted to sail in 2007. When he saw Shockwave in a marina on the south coast of France, he realized it was a vessel aboard which he could realize his aspirations.

“It just happened to be available,” said David. “Crichton built it in 2002 as the fastest monohull in the world. Then, literally coincident with its launch, along came the canting keels. Neville wanted to step up to a 100-foot canting-keel boat so he only raced Shockwave for a couple of years. When I first stepped aboard I thought, ‘This is pretty big.’ But half an hour later, I said to myself, ‘It’s just a big 50-footer.’ It’s funny how your perspective changes.”

Shockwave was built tough, for the grueling Sydney-Hobart Race and other Tasman Sea adventures, but David understood that there was more speed to be squeezed from the existing platform. So the boat went directly from France into the shed at New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and with guidance from the original design team of Reichel Pugh, the newly renamed Rambler underwent an extensive refit that included the addition of a 9.5-ton bulb to its reconfigured 16-foot draft, and a 10-foot bowsprit to allow plenty more sail to be pressed on.

Now, having sailed off on separate tacks, literally and figuratively, after their shared Fastnet adventures, ICAP Leopard and Rambler are on a course heading directly for Stanford Antigua Sailing Week, where they’ll renew their rivalry on the water. It will surely be a Clash of the Titans.

For more information, registration forms, an updated entry list and more, visit the Stanford Antigua Sailing Week website at www.sailingweek.com


LIAT Unveils Aircraft Inspired by Sailing Week In a novel approach to its sponsorship of Stanford Antigua Sailing Week,the Caribbeean airline LIAT has branded one of its aircraft with the eye-catching Sailing Week graphic. The new plane also represents a unique marketing initiative from LIAT, with 40% discount fare on LIAT travel for sailors and spectators coming to Antigua for Sailing Week. -  herb@herbmccormick.com!Herb_McCormick   Click Here to view large photo




by Herb McCormick

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=42950

1:57 AM Wed 26 Mar 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World













Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,






















































Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 4 images by Jude Robertson
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Nacra 17 images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Laser images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Ioannis Mitakis leads Finns after day 1
RC44 Cascais Cup - Fresh faces join the line-up
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Excellent racing on opening day
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Images by Yvan Zedda and Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Franck Socha
Hyeres World Cup: Kiwis lead but Outteridge Jensen back in 49er fray
Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Race day 1 ready for lift off
Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Day 3 an absolute gem
Quantum Key West 2015 dates confirmed
Flying Tigers 'Psych' - on Lake Lanier they pronounce it Zhik
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Anticipation intensifies as start nears
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 11 start images by Chuck Lantz
27th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - Big breeze on the butterfly
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi
Clipper Round The World Race - A flying start on Day 1 of Race 11   
Cammas on Caudrelier – different styles, same objective   
Clipper Race - Californian crew member continues fundraising journey   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 2 images by Jude Robertson   
Les Voiles de St Barth - Images by Christophe Jouany   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet sets sail in race 11   
Congressional Cup - Canfield and Team US One best star-studded field   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 11 to get underway to Panama   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 1 images by Jude Robertson   
Rolex China Sea Race - Hi Fi collects the coveted IRC Overall title   
Rolex China Sea Race - First arrivals in Subic Bay   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - a sniff of a hat-trick for Neil Pryde   
America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Switzerland drops trou for charity   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - 27th edition underway   
Rolex China Sea Race - Ragamuffin 90 claims line honours victory   
Saturday June 21st will feature the 39th One More time Regatta   
Rolex China Sea Race - Ragamuffin 90 extends unassailable lead   
Rolex China Sea Race - Commanding lead for Ragamuffin   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL WAS US