The 92ft super-sloop Skandia-Leopard romped home to take an hour off the previous benchmark, beating a pair of Ultra 30s
Mike Slade’s 92ft super-sloop Skandia-Leopard romped home at lunchtime to take an hour off the previous monohull benchmark for the Hoya Round the Island race.
The time set, 4hr 8min 55sec, beat the previous record of 5hr 12min and 3sec set in 1996 by a significant margin. This makes it a hat-trick for Slade, who has twice before set the standard for the circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight.
Following Slade’s yacht, Russell Peters’ Ultra 30 Reloaded Red Square was the second monohull across the line (1st in class) in a time of 4hr, 26min 22sec with Olympic silver medallists Ian Barker and Simon Hiscocks bringing another Ultra 30, Hoya, in just 23 seconds later.
More news soon here from the finishing line off Cowes.For a portfolio of over 150 photographs from today’s action, click here