Mike Slade’s Leopard 3 wins the prestigious Maxi Racing Class at the 27th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.
After a fascinating duel between Mike Slade’s British Maxi Leopard 3 and George David’s American Maxi Rambler 88, the winner of the biggest prize in Maxi Racing, hung on the very last race. During the 30-mile decider, the two high-performance yachts were locked in an intense battle, never more than a few boat length apart.
At the finish line, Mike Slade’s Farr 100 Leopard 3 was just seconds ahead George David’s Rambler 88, to claim one of the biggest prizes in the sport.
“Early this year, Leopard had a major refit, including adding more sail power, that combined with winning every start at the regatta was the key to our success. Huge thanks to the the crew and Skipper, Chris Sherlock, for all the long hours put in to turn Leopard into a world beater. I am on cloud nine, winning at the Maxis is a wonderful achievement.” commented Mike Slade.
Mike Slade’s Leopard 3 will be back in action at Les Voiles de St Tropez from the 24th September, before competing in the 3000-mile RORC Transatlantic Race in November, with a full Caribbean season to follow.
by Louay Habib