Sharp Smashes World Speed Record for English Channel

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ALC sponsored, Phil Sharp has established a new World Speed Sailing Monohull Record aboard his 40ft offshore Class 40 yacht, Imerys, averaging a speed of 15.3knts.

On Friday 25th November, he sailed single-handed across the English Channel from Cowes, Isle of Wight to Dinard, France in 9 hours and 3 minutes.

The WSSRC has confirmed the establishment of a new World Record:

  • Record: Cowes to Dinard. Outright Monohull and Singlehanded up to 60ft
  • Yacht: Imerys. 40ft Monohull
  • Name: Phil Sharp. GBR
  • Dates: 24th November 2016.
  • Start time: 06;38;27 UTC on 24/11/16
  • Finish time: 15;41;33 UTC on 24/11/16
  • Elapsed time: 9 hours 3 minutes and 6 seconds
  • Distance: 138 NM
  • Average speed: 15.25 kts
  • Previous record: Adrien J L Van Den HeedeFRA. Nov 2004. 12 hours 01 minute and 31 seconds

Phil commented on his record breaking adventure: “I am absolutely over the moon, I honestly didn’t expect to make such a quick time, but the wind was very persistent and the boat was on fire the whole time. It was like getting power hosed for nine hours. Imerys was surfing down waves frequently at phenomenal speeds of over 20knts making the journey seriously wet and fast.

“When we put out the Code Green to go, we knew there would be a lot of wind, but the conditions ended up stronger with gusts peaking 50knts. There were a few risks we took when we went out today, but there always are in record breaking conditions. Aside from the challenging conditions, I am really glad we went for it, even though there was more wind than I would have liked. The boat makes it exciting and it seems to have no top speed, the more wind there is the faster it goes!

“The cross-Channel is a record I’ve had my eye on for many years and it lived up to being an incredible experience, though I am absolutely wiped out from the intensity of such an action packed day, but I hope it will motivate someone else to go and take it on!”

Over ten years since this record was last attempted and in a boat twice the size, Phil was able to shave off a near whopping three hours setting a new benchmark for others to follow.