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About ‘Phenomenon’

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 Boeing, former US Naval architects, & world class professional power boat builders

Phenomenon was unveiled at the 29th annual Key West World Championships in November 2009


The History of Al Copeland Jr. and Phenomenon

The prototypical vessel was created 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 1980-90

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, and Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro, among others.  The Al Copeland Foundation is dedicated to Changing the Course of cancer by funding local cancer research through creative fundraising programs that join the New Orleans community together and serving as a resource on cancer awareness, thus providing hope for the future.

 For more information on ACI and the Al Copeland Foundation, visit www.alcopeland.com and www.alcopelandfoundation.org.