Phil defends his Class 40 Championship lead in the Rolex Fastnet Race

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After three days, four hours and seven minutes of racing, Phil Sharp and his crew members, Robin Marais, Pablo Santurde and Pietro Luciani, crossed the finish line of the fourth Championship event, the Rolex Fastnet Race in second place aboard Class 40 ‘Imerys

Phil Sharp comments:
“We were pretty much going upwind the whole way to Fastnet Rock and virtually covered twice the distance from zig zagging. We couldn’t relax until we had rounded the Rock and could finally hoist the spinnaker for some fast sailing.

“The wild sprint back from Fastnet Rock last night was a really liberating experience. We were able to take the lead back and had a fantastic night sailing at 16 knots in full moon light. It was incredible to be sailing at last with the elements rather than battling against them

“We had V&B breathing down our necks for a lot of the course, which pushed us right to the Isles of Scilly when unfortunately for us they were able to speed past. The conditions make strategy and tactics quite challenging and there is usually a fast ride back from the Rock, which is why I love this race. Work hard play hard!”

As leader of the Class 40 Championship aboard Imerys Phil and crew Pablo are on countdown for this year’s big ocean race, the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre starting on 5th November from Le Harve, France to Salvador, Brazil.

2017 Class 40 Championship Race Programme
April 29th – May 1st: Grand Prix Guyader: 1st Phil Sharp Racing/ Imerys
May 14th – May 21st: Normandy Channel Race: 1st Phil Sharp Racing/ Imerys
July 2nd – July 20th: Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables: 2nd Phil Sharp Racing/ Imerys
6th – 11th August: Rolex Fastnet Race: 2nd Phil Sharp Racing/ Imerys
5th – 30th November 2017: Transat Jacques Vabre