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     ICAP Leopard set to tackle light winds in Rolex Fastnet Race
        100ft super-maxi to take on world-class fleet in prestigious offshore race

On Sunday 9th August 2009 at 14:00 BST ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht
owned by Helical Bar PLC chief executive Mike Slade, will set sail in the prestigious Rolex
Fastnet race. This biennial race is famous for fierce conditions, however forecasters are
predicting a sea breeze start, followed by a light and shifty first night. This year’s race takes
on a special poignancy as the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Fastnet Race, when 15 sailors lost
their lives.


During the last Fastnet Race, ICAP Leopard revelled in storm-lashed conditions to set a
monohull course record of 1 day 20 hours 18 minutes 53 seconds, beating the previous
record by nine hours. Since then, the boat has undergone a full-scale optimisation
programme, which has increased performance. Having set new records in both the RORC
Caribbean 600 and South Atlantic Race, as well as taking monohull line honours in the JP
Morgan Round the Island race this year, ICAP Leopard will have to work hard to stay ahead
of her lighter competitors.


ICAP Leopard navigator Hugh Agnew was one of the sailors that battled gale-swept seas
thirty years ago. This year he is set for a challenge of a completely different kind, as light
winds and capricious shifts will place a premium on offshore racing tactics. ICAP Leopard
owner Mike Slade commented:


“The Rolex Fastnet Race is the jewel in the UK’s yacht racing crown and we are delighted to
be back. We will be pushed hard by the likes of Beau Geste (who narrowly missed out on
ICAP Leopard’s Round The Island Record this week), Ran II and Luna Rossa who will revel in
the lighter conditions and, although we have done much to boost our light-airs performance,
we cannot afford to make any mistakes. To break the record and take line honours in 2007
was a fantastic achievement, but this year will be an entirely different race. If there is a park
up in the Irish Sea, at least we’ll be able to watch the Test Match!”


Onboard ICAP Leopard for this year’s Fastnet will a star-studded line up. Volvo Ocean Race
bowman and Irish sailing superstar Justin Slattery, of ABN Amro and Green Dragon fame,
makes a welcome return to the big cat alongside fellow Volvo and America’s Cup sailors Guy
Salter, Brad Jackson (Ericsson 4) and Ray Davies (Emirates Team New Zealand). Rounding
out the line-up will be several of the ICAP Leopard regulars including boat captain Chris
Sherlock and Paul Standbridge, the grizzled English Whitbread veteran who acts as crew
coordinator. Standbridge commented:


“The anniversary of the 1979 race will serve as a reminder to us all that offshore racing is a
dangerous activity. However, this year will be quite a different race, with light to medium
conditions forecast. We are going to have to work hard for every knot of boatspeed as we’re
up against some of the best in the world. Nevertheless, ICAP Leopard has already crossed the
Atlantic twice this year and we all have supreme confidence in the boat and each other. We
are relaxed, well-prepared and raring to go!”


ICAP Leopard’s goal this summer is to become the first British boat ever to take line honours
in the three major Rolex sponsored events: the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Rolex Middle Sea
Race and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
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For all media enquiries and images free for editorial use, please contact:
Henry Foster or Alex Mills, Pitch PR
T: +44 207 494 1616
M: 07834 522767 or 07825 363646
Email: henry.foster@pitch.co.uk or alex.mills@pitch.co.uk


For enquiries about sponsorship & hospitality onboard Leopard contact:
Louise Eddom, Ocean Marine
T: +44 (0)2380 220388
M: +44 (0)7909 662233
Email: louise@leopard3.com


ICAP Leopard Crew List: Rolex Fastnet 2009

 BOW 1                                 ZANE GILLS
 BOW 2                                 JUSTIN SLATTERY
 BOW 3                                 MARK BARTLETT
 BOW / TRIM CO -ORDINATOR              NIPPER SALTER
 MAST                                  DYLAN CLARKE
 MAST                                  LOUIS SINCLAIR
 MAST                                  JOSH CLARKE
 PIT                                   JIM TURNER
 PIT                                   KELVIN RAWLINGS
 PIT                                   TIM SELLARS
 TRIMMER                               JEZ ELLIOT
 TRIMMER / CREW COORD                  JASON CARRINGTON
 TRIMMER                               BOB WYLIE
 TRIMMER                               TIM BURNELL
 WATCH CAPTAIN / MAINSHEET            MARK THOMAS
 RACE CAPTAIN / HELM / TACTICS        RAY DAVIES
 SKIPPER / HELM                       MIKE SLADE
 WATCH CAPTAIN / RUNNER               BRAD JACKSON
 MAINSHEET / RUNNER                   RICHARD FAULKNER
 RUNNER                               JOHN CALCUTT
 BUTTONS / HELM                       CHRIS SHERLOCK
 NAV                                  HUGH AGNEW
 WATCH CAPTAIN / CREW COORD           PAUL STANDBRIDGE
 ICAP                                 MARK YALLOP
 ICAP                                 VOLKAN DIKMAN
 ICAP                                 MICHAEL DAVIE


Leopard:
Leopard follows in the footsteps of super-maxi yachts Ocean Leopard (1988-1999) and
Leopard of London (2000-2006). Like her predecessors she is aimed towards top-level race
sponsorship, day charters in the Solent and, longer term, charters in the warmer waters of
the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.


Farr Yacht Design provided Leopard’s basic naval architecture and construction engineering,
whilst styling and interior was designed by Ken Freivokh. The boat was built by McConaghy
Boats in Sydney, Australia, with Chris Sherlock acting as owner’s representative.


For more information regarding Leopard, please visit: www.leopard3.com


ICAP:
ICAP is the world’s premier voice and electronic interdealer broker and the source of global
market information and commentary for professionals in the international financial markets.
The Group is active in the wholesale markets in interest rates, credit, energy, foreign
exchange and equity derivatives. ICAP has an average daily transaction volume in excess of
$1.5 trillion, more than 60% of which is electronic. ICAP plc was added to the FTSE 100
Index on 30 June 2006.


For more information regarding ICAP, please visit: www.icap.com


About the Rolex Fastnet Race 2009:
The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the world’s classic yacht races, sailed biennially over a 608-
mile course. The course is a fearsome test of seamanship and offshore racing tactics, with its
ever changing weather and tricky tides. The 300 strong fleet will start from Cowes on the Isle
of Wight at 12:00 BST on Sunday 9th August, sailing along the south coast of England before
sailing north to the Fastnet Rock off the south coast of Ireland. The boats will round the
historic lighthouse before returning to Plymouth via Bishop’s Rock on the southern tip of the
Isles of Scilly. Previous competitors include former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, Sir
Francis Chichester, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and 80’s pop star Simon Le Bon.


For more information and to follow the progress of ICAP Leopard please visit
http://fastnet.rorc.org/

				
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