Sail-World.com : Leopard arrives for Sydney Hobart Race
Leopard arrives for Sydney Hobart Race
City Index Leopard arrived in Sydney early yesterday morning. Canting her keel to one side to allow her towering 154 foot mast to pass under Sydney Harbour Bridge, City Index Leopard will be now be based in Woolwich Marina in Sydney until the start of this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
ICAP Leopard, the 100 foot super maxi yacht run by Ocean Marine, the British sailing team owned by Mike Slade, will be known as City Index Leopard for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
City Index Leopard will be aiming to take line honours as well as setting a new course record in the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Only two British yachts have previously ever taken line honours in the race’s history.
Capable of speeds of over 35 knots, City Index Leopard has a total downwind sail area of 1,604 square metres. She will be one of the largest boats competing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race, with a world class crew onboard.
Built at McConaghy’s Boat Yard, Sydney, this time last year, City Index Leopard has spent the summer season based in Southampton, UK, where she has undertaken corporate sailing as well as taking line honours in both the Round the Island Race and the Rolex Fastnet Race, in which she set a new course record. Whilst in Sydney, City Index Leopard will undertake various corporate commitments prior to the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
City Index, one of the world’s leading providers of spread betting, contracts for difference and FX trading, is part of IPGL Limited, shareholders in the world’s leading derivatives broker ICAP, who are the ongoing title sponsors of Leopard.
ICAP is the world’s premier voice and electronic interdealer broker and the source of global market information and commentary for professionals in the international financial markets. The Group is active in the wholesale markets in interest rates, credit, energy, foreign exchange and equity derivatives. ICAP has an average daily transaction volume in excess of $1.5 trillion, more than 50% of which is electronic. ICAP plc was added to the FTSE 100 Index on 30 June 2006.
For more information regarding ICAP, please visit: www.icap.com
About City Index
City Index is one of the world’s leading providers of spread betting, contracts for difference, and FX trading. Established in 1983 the company has over 300 staff across six offices in the UK, USA, China, Singapore and Australia, plus partnership relationships throughout these regions and across Europe and the Middle East.
Through its global platform the company offers access to thousands of instruments on the world’s financial markets to retail and small institutional clients. City Index is part of IPGL Limited, substantial shareholders in the world's leading derivatives broker, ICAP plc. City Index is regulated by the FSA, NFA, ASX and MAS.
For more information regarding City Index, please visit: www.cityindex.co.uk :
About the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2007
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2007 starts on 26th December. The 628 nautical mile course is often described as the most gruelling long ocean race in the world, a challenge to everyone who takes part.
From the spectacular start in Sydney Harbour, the fleet sails out into the Tasman Sea, down the south-east coast of mainland Australia, across Bass Strait (which divides the mainland from the island State of Tasmania), then down the east coast of Tasmania. At Tasman Island the fleet turns right into Storm Bay for the final sail up the Derwent River to the historic port city of Hobart.
Over the past 62 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup horse race, the Davis Cup tennis and the cricket tests between Australia and England.
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