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Mike Slade's supermaxi wins elapsed time monohull race in the RORC Caribbean 600

Wednesday February 25th 2009, Author: Louay Habib, Location: United Kingdom
Mike Slade’s 100ft supermaxi   ICAP Leopard crossed the finish line under Shirley Heights, Antigua at 07:25:14 Local time (GMT-4) to set the monohull elapsed time monohull record for the course of 44 Hours 5 minutes 14 seconds.

“We have set a time for this fantastic race, so come and join us next year to try and beat it,” said a chirpy, but tired Mike Slade as his 100ft maxi moored up at the Antigua Yacht Club. “Make no mistake; this is a tough race, especially for the smaller boats still out there. It has taken us nearly two days and that is just about enough, hats off to the smaller boats who may not be in for some time. I am sure the crews will all be very tired but will be looking forward to a warm Antiguan welcome.”

Slade added: "The Caribbean 600 has been a really challenging race which deserves to be a classic, as it fits well with the Fastnet and the Sydney Hobart. Large congratulations to RORC for the initiative."

Chris Sherlock, Boat Captain said: "It was a short but exhilarating offshore course that kept the guys busy the whole time. This meant very little sleep but some fantastic sailing!"

Ross Monson, Navigator also commented: "What an awesome race! Very exciting with lots of corners, marks, reefs, rocks and island wind shadows to navigate - often in the middle of the night. This race should definitely have a future."
ICAP Leopard’s crew for the RORC Caribbean 600 comprised: Mike Slade, Chris Sherlock, Hugh Agnew, Zane Gills, Dylan Clarke, Mark Del Succi, David Rolfe, Matt Richardson, Andrea Soriano, Rory Heron, Carlo Falcone, Nick Black, Kelvin Rawlings, Tim Sellars, Andy Hemmings, Jason Carrington, Sian Ahluwalia, Tim Burnell, Mike O’Donnel, Mark Thomas and Jeremy Robinson.

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