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Leopard Breaks Aegean 600 Record

Caroline Blatter

The Leopard 3 team, no strangers to intense competition and stellar performance, have yet again proven their exceptional prowess in offshore racing. The Doyle-powered yacht's triumph at the Aegean 600, follows their remarkable victory at the 2022 Rolex Middle Sea Race, where they seized the Monohull Line Honours.
Owner Joost Schuijff’s Leopard 3 has set a new record by finishing this 605 nautical mile course in 45 hours, 5 minutes 25 seconds, taking 18 hours of the previous record held by Doyle-powered SY Rafale.

  • Winner of Aegean 600 Trophy
  • First Monohull
  • New Monohull course record
  • IMA Maxi Overall Winner
  • IRC Division 1 Winner

“We came here to achieve this goal and are happy that the weather, the boat and the crew did not disappoint,” said skipper Chris Sherlock, "We saw winds up to 35 knots and huge 3-4 meter seas in the channels between Karpathos and Rhodes, and again at the [northeast] corner of Rhodes.”

Leopard 3 has recently undergone a complete refit and installed a new wardrobe of Doyle sails, which features the exclusive Structured Luff technology.

A sailing race that touches myth...the destination becomes the sailing adventure!

The third edition of the annual AEGEAN 600, organized by the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC) and co-organized by the Region of Attica, Olympic Marine and the Deputy Ministry of Sports, celebrated several important milestones this year, including establishing itself on the racing calendar.

The largest participation levels to date, with nearly 500 sailors racing on 45 yachts from 16 countries; a set of weather conditions and a race course set throughout the Aegean sea that challenged even the most experienced teams; and a new course record that has set a suitably high benchmark for future Maxis to come beat!

“What an event,” commented Chris Sherlock upon winning the AEGEAN 600 Trophy, the top overall prize of this race. “The hospitality was fantastic, the sailing was exceptional, and we look forward to coming back next year."

Berthing before and after the race was at Olympic Marine Marina in Sounio, Athens, 30 minutes from Athens International Airport, and 4 nm from the start of the race. 
"A lot of manoeuvres, sail changes, unforgettable conditions, incredible views sailing around the Greek Islands,"
commented Konrad Lipski, I Love Poland Navigator finishing in second place in the IRC Class,  "This race already took the first place from the Caribbean 600, after one edition."


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