Not only did Phil and his team mate Pablo Santurde win the race on renewable energy alone, they also set a new record time of 4 days, 11 hours 15 minutes and 50 seconds.
Race editor Denis Van Den Brink reports:
A dream comprising Briton and Jersey resident Phil Sharp, and the Spanish sailor from Santander Pablo Santurde, has just secured victory in the richest ever edition of the race, in terms of both intensity and action. With the top players constantly jockeying for position, high drama and a wide variety of weather patterns, the event proved to be the most thrilling ride for sailors and spectators alike.
A reference time for the whole course
The British Class 40 IMERYS, skippered by Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde, crossed the finish line off Hermanville at 01 hours, 45 minutes and 50 seconds GMT on Friday 19th May 2017, securing a new reference time for future editions. The duo covered the 961 miles of the theoretical course at an average speed of 9.04 knots.
The actual distance covered equated to 1,091 miles over the ground at the average speed of 10.17 knots. Posting brilliant performances to secure the runner-up spots, Serenis Consulting and V and B were 3 hours shy of glory.
Phil Sharp – Imerys
“It’s hugely satisfying. It’s been a long, very tough race, with some very varied weather conditions. During the first part of the race, we were neck and neck with a number of boats. Further down the course we ended up on our own out front, left to our own devices and had to continue to attack, whilst striving to open up our lead.
It’s been fantastic. We sailed a really clean race with no errors. It’s fabulous to come back here like this and bang home a win. I finished second last year, just two minutes and 48 seconds shy of Pablo, who was aboard Talés. We were saying that one of us would have to go and position ourselves at the bow to finish ahead of the other this time.”
Pablo Santurde, co-skipper
“It’s been a totally different race to last year, as we were able to fairly quickly open up a massive lead, whilst last year we were really neck and neck with Phil. From Fastnet we really attacked hard to accentuate our lead. I’m as happy as I was last year. Phil never seems to tire or get freezing cold like me! He’s made of strong stuff! A true Brit! I think I’d like to come back to sample the delights of a third victory!”
2017 Class 40 Championship Race Programme
April 29th – May 1st: Grand Prix Guyader: Win
May 14th – May 21st: Normandy Channel Race: Win
July 2nd – July 20th: Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables
6th – 11th August: Rolex Fastnet Race
5th – 30th November 2017: Transat Jacques Vabre