Maxi boat Atlantic dash

Maxi boat Atlantic dash

Wednesday May 5 2010 Author: James Boyd Location: none selected

Both Mike Slade’s ICAP Leopard and Alex Jackson’s Speedboat are setting up to have a crack at the west to east transatlantic monohull record between New York and the Lizard over the next few days/weeks. Sadly it seems unlikely that the two boats will set off at the same time and in reality the Juan K-designed Speedboat, as a newer, flat out uncompromised speed machine, should prove the faster. However as both boats used powered winches, neither will officially break the existing record of 6 days 18 hours set by Robert Miller’s Mari Cha IV which used manual winches. Is this a good or a bad thing?

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as far as i understand

as far as i understand it...the great schooner Atlantic that set the original bench mark record time over the TransAtlantic course was actually powered by 2 steam genenerators that powered her halyard and primary winches!!!!! When is everyone going to stop bagging stored power, powered winches, canting keels etc and when is the Speed Council going to get onside and allow Leopard and Speedboat to claim the outright record should they be lucky enough to claim it? I for one can't wait to see these 2 great boats going head to head...bring it on- I can't wait to get out there!

rules, rules and rules. As

rules, rules and rules. As long as the boat is powered by sails, my money and interest is for the fastest crossing possible. Power boats have been eclipsed by the latest generation of offshore multihulls, and for monohulls to match this sort of performance they will need some hydraulic grunt.

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  • 07/05/2010 - 15:39
    as far as i understand it...the great schooner Atlantic that set the original bench mark record time over the TransAtlantic course was actually powered by 2 steam genenerators that powered her halyard and primary winches!!!!! When is everyone going to stop bagging stored power, powered winches, canting keels etc and when is the Speed Council going to get onside and allow Leopard and Speedboat to claim the outright record should they be lucky enough to claim it? I for one can't wait to see these 2 great boats going head to head...bring it on- I can't wait to get out there!
  • 06/05/2010 - 14:10
    rules, rules and rules. As long as the boat is powered by sails, my money and interest is for the fastest crossing possible. Power boats have been eclipsed by the latest generation of offshore multihulls, and for monohulls to match this sort of performance they will need some hydraulic grunt.

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