With Mike Slade at the helm of his Maxi Leopard 3, the crew has completed a sensational double finishing the Mediterranean season unbeaten.
With back to back wins at two of sailing
's most prestigious regattas, Slade's team now turn their attention to the 3000-mile RORC Transatlantic Race this November.
Following on from Leopard's win at the Maxi Yacht
Rolex Cup in Sardinia last month, the British 100ft Maxi has also just claimed the Big Boat
class at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez. Winning in a star-studded fleet of 19 Maxis and Super Maxis. After a week of intense racing, Leopard won by a single point from the mighty J-Class Velsheda.
The modification to Leopard's structure and sail plan, made earlier this year, have proven to be very successful.
“We are on a winning streak.” smiled Mike Slade. “We have raced Leopard against some of the best yachts in the Mediterranean and come out on top and it is primarily down to a huge effort from a very talented team. Leopard has set many offshore records however it is a different story inshore when the yachts are rated to form a level playing field. With our Mediterranean season completed and undefeated, the whole team is looking forward to the RORC Transatlantic Race where Leopard will be in her element.”
Mike Slade's Farr 100, Leopard 3 will be on the starting line for the RORC Transatlantic Race on Saturday 26th November. Starting from Lanzarote, Canary Islands, the participating yachts and their crews will race over 3000 miles across the Atlantic to Grenada, West Indies.
Leopard 3 will have two objectives; Line Honours and the RORC Transatlantic Race Record.