ALC are long term supporters of IMERYS, skippered by Phil Sharp. Yesterday, the team won the first Championship race event of the season, the ‘Grand Prix Guyader Armor Lux Trophy’.
The Grand Prix Guyader
The event was a three day series of races in the bay of Douarnenez. Only the Class 40 fleet were able to partake on Monday due to the rather muscular conditions at sea with 25-30 knots average and gusts of over 30 knots. A loss of mark buoys during the night also altered the routing to a small boat course forcing additional manoeuvers. Entering the final race on equal 1st points with Team Serenis, it was all or nothing.
“It was always going to be an intense match with Serenis. Essentially we had to go out there to sail fast and clean, but with the added challenge of managing the very windy conditions as a new team.”
“We had a great race start by reaching the windward mark in 1st place, but then came the first long-leg where a problem with the main sail meant we had to pull it down and re-hoist it whilst clinging on to the lead. Serenis caught us up and were literally snapping at our heels when we went through a series of issues hoisting the spinnaker and we were soon overtaken. However, the team stayed focused and carefully made the right sail choice to blast back into 1st place for the finish.”
Winner of the infamous Route du Rhum back in 2006, and with a new Championship event win under his belt, Phil is in good stead for the 2017 season.
Monday’s race team: from left Pablo Santurde, Arthur Le Vaillant, Corentin Douguet, Phil Sharp, Robin Marais, Sami Al Shukaili © PS Racing
Next in the 2017 Class 40 Championship Race Programme:
May 14th – May 21st: Normandy Channel Race
July 2nd – July 20th: Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables
6th – 11th August: Rolex Fastnet Race
5th – 30th November 2017: Transat Jacques Vabre