World Fastest Boat revealed at the Miami Boat Show 2/11/10


Press Conference to see Phenomenon Will Be Held on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 12:00PM at Booth # 3360

WHAT:· Phenomenon, the fastest speed boat in the world, will be unveiled to consumers on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 12PM EST at Booth #3360 at the Miami Boat Show.
· Phenomenon is 56 feet long, 13 feet and 6 inches wide, with 4 turbine engines and 12,000 horsepower
· Phenomenon was built for one reason: to break the world’s propelled speedboat record of 220.5 mph
· Phenomenon was created by engineers from NASA, Boeing, former US Naval architects, & world class professional power boat builders

WHEN:· Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 12PM at Booth #3360
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

The History of Al Copeland Jr. and Phenomenon
· The prototypical vessel was created by famed restaurateur, Al Copeland Sr., the founder of Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken & Biscuits Restaurants and Copeland’s Restaurants and a former driver and owner of the Popeyes Offshores race team from 1980-1990
· Unfortunately, about two years into building Phenomenon, Al Copeland Sr. was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Just eight months after the diagnosis, Al Copeland Sr. died of the disease
· At the time of his death, Al Copeland Sr. had but two goals he wanted to accomplish: One to find a cure for the rare cancer, and two to finish the boat in order to break the world record

About Al Copeland Investments
· The ACI family of companies includes 30 restaurants, hotels and comedy clubs throughout the US, including Copeland’s Diversified Food and Seasonings, Copeland’s of New Orleans, Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro, and Copeland’s Social City, among others. A southern icon, Al Copeland’s memory lives on through the Al Copeland Foundation which is dedicated to the eradication of Merkel Cell Carcinoma, the disease that took Copeland’s life. For more information on ACI and the Al Copeland Foundation, visit and