With a raft of supporters, including ALC, Jersey-born Phil Sharp took on the Transat Bakerly, one of the oldest and the most challenging solo transatlantic races.
Sharp pushed Imerys to the limits as he tackled the first big storm of the race, followed by subsequent depressions in the north-western Atlantic. Early into the challenge he paid for his absence from the skippers’ briefing after failing to comply with race rules forbidding competitors from sailing through the Traffic Separation Scheme off Ushant. But even a subsequent mid-race six hour stop-go penalty did not prevent him from fighting back into contention.
Against all the odds Phil achieved 3rd on the podium, having been at sea for 19 days and 31 minutes and having sailed a total of 3,798 nautical miles, at an average speed of 8.32 knots.
“The race was always going to be tough,’’ Sharp said ‘‘but I didn’t know it was going to be that tough. The Transat has a history of extreme weather conditions, but we went through the worst conditions I’ve ever experienced and I think the Class40 fleet got hit the worst.”
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