After a 1,270 nautical mile race from Vendee to Azores, Phil Sharp and Corentin Douguet, racing Class 40 Imerys crossed the finish line in second place on Saturday the 8th of July. Their race time of 5 days, 23 hours, 49 minutes, and 22 seconds, was just 43 minutes and 40 seconds shy of first place.
Phil Sharp, skipper of Imerys said: “I’ve never pushed a class 40 quite so much to the edge as in this race. These boats are machines and it’s incredible just how fast they go. It’s rewarding sailing, especially when you’re sailing across an ocean to a place like this.
“The race that we had with Tales II was a fantastic one, and it was great to have them near us as it made for a good reference. It drove us and the boat to our limits. We had a great start, but they took over us in the Atlantic with some great speed, and then we had a fun finish where we hunted them down and made up some distance towards the end. The race is split in two, so the race is still open for us to win, we just have to beat Tales II!”
After an intense leg to Horta, Phil and new co-skipper Adrien Hardy have until 14th July when they cross the start line of leg 2 in the race back to Les Sables. Overall ranking will be established based on the combined times of the two legs. The team with the minimum combined time will be declared the winner.
Follow leg 2 on the Imerys live race tracker and the official website at www.philsharpracing.com
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 (Two leg race – underway)
6th – 11th August: Rolex Fastnet Race
5th – 30th November 2017: Transat Jacques Vabre