Offshore Yachting : August September 2008
SEAMARK Photo: Rick Tomlinson Photo: Courtesy of Yachting Developments Yachting Developments launches Bristolian news In May, Kiwi yard Yachting Developments launched the 36.7-metre Philippe Briand design Bristolian. After many manoeuvres from the shed to the barge, she was put in the water where her 51-metre mast was stepped by Southern Spars and 2,684 square metres of sail wardrobe from Doyle Sails New Zealand were loaded. She has a beam of 8.17 metres and draws 5.25 metres with the keel fully lowered and 3.5 metres with keel lifted and a displacement of 140 tonnes. The previous Bristolian was a Frers 92 that was prominent on Mediterranean racing scenes. After 10 years, the English owner decided that it was time to upgrade. The owner had always enjoyed the sailing performance of his Frers 92 and was keen for his next boat to be equally sensitive and to provide him with a similar sense of excitement under sail. He was also mindful of the comfort of his guests, both when sailing and when anchored or in port, and did not want a Spartan racing machine. With these criteria in mind, he arranged to meet French designer Phillip aboard the old Bristolian off Dubrovnik, Croatia and it was there that the specification for the new boat was conceived. ICAP Leopard smashes Transatlantic speed record In June, ICAP Leopard, the 100-foot super maxi yacht owned by Mike Slade, broke the Transatlantic speed record for a monohull yacht with power-assisted winches held by luxury yacht Phocea. Finishing the 2,925 nautical mile crossing from New York to the Lizard, Cornwall, UK, in seven days, 19 hours and 21 minutes, ICAP Leopard shaved eight hours off the existing record, to claim her second world record in two years. Mike Slade, chief executive of London-based property company Helical Bar plc, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to get this Transatlantic record. Having only had a three-day weather window in New York during which to leave, the weather Gods have been kind. This was a delivery without a full sail wardrobe and we almost lost a full day avoiding southerly icebergs in the mid Atlantic, as well as experiencing a full on collision with a 12 | offshore monstrous sunfish. We always knew it would be close, but that is the beauty of yacht racing, as you rely entirely on forces beyond your control to get you there. If it was easy everyone would be doing it!” ICAP Leopard boat captain Chris Sherlock said, “It was a nail-biting sail right to the finish. After a good final night, the wind dropped on Tuesday morning, slowing us a little. With full sails up we kept our foot down all the way in to the Lizard, and made it with time to spare even against the tide. As I predicted, it was an incredibly close run to the finish, but that’s the exact reason records are records and therefore difficult to beat. I’d like to thank Roger Badham our weather router, as well as our shore crew, for all of their support.” ICAP Leopard holds the record for the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, which she broke in August 2007 by nine hours.
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