Plain Sailing For Elian and ALC

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As Phil Sharp prepares for the final event of the 2016 season, he spent a day on the open water with ALC and guests from Elian.

Sunday the 11th of September will see a record thirty Class 40 boats on the start line of the Normandy Channel Race, a double-handed 1000nm zigzag endurance adventure starting and ending in Caen. Connecting Normandy, the UK, and Ireland, teams will not only face intense close racing, but also considerable geographical, meteorological, and tidal challenges. Strategy and tactics will play an essential role in performance, with fierce competition from top sailors of this year’s two transatlantic crossings geared up to hunt down a competitive edge first.

Phil took the team through the workings of Imerys, which harnesses renewable energy and faired successfully, achieving a podium position despite a torn mainsail in his unforgettable recent solo Transat.


As Phil’s first full year in the Class 40 Championship, he has made quite the impact with two competitive transatlantic races. Imerys are currently in 3rd place, but on equal 2nd points with the Spanish Tales II, a target to finish ahead of in order to move up to 2nd place in this year’s Class 40 Championship. The current race record is 5d 2h 50m 50s, which all 60 crew will have their eyes firmly set on breaking in this year’s 7th edition of the Normandy Channel Race.


The Normandy Channel Race starts on Sunday the 11th of September at 17:00 local time offshore of Ouistreham outside of the Caen canal. Follow the team throughout the race with the Geovoile live tracker, news updates, and social media, all accessed through the official website at  The official race website can be found at