Skipper Phil Sharp of PSRacing has given us a rough plot of the course he intends to sail during his attempt to set a benchmark for a new ‘End to End’ record.
Phil anticipates departing Lands End on 6th or 7th December with crewman Sean Conway and Alex Alley, the owner of the Class 40 racing yacht.
One of Britain’s most successful offshore competitors (he placed fourth in the 2005 mini-Transat epic and won the Route du Rhum solo transAtlantic race in 2006), Phil hopes to enter the Vendee Globe and race round the world solo next year in an IMOCA 60.
Phil says: “It is often not wind power and velocity which is the real enemy to fast progress but the size of the seas. Being caught off the extreme North west of Scotland, where the full force of the Atlantic crashes into relatively shallow water and a lee shore, is potentially the most hazardous stage of the passage.
“ We will be heading up the Irish Sea to the east of Ireland during the passage, and it’s fair to say that the seas there, and off the coast of Wales, can be awful. Then, north of Ireland, we will be emerging again into the full onslaught of the Atlantic swells, so we have to be careful here as it also gets very shallow around Islay – ironically, the home of Bruichladdich our sponsors – and Tiree which can kick up a dangerous sea. We will pass inside the Outer Hebrides before rounding Cape Wrath, the northwest tip of Scotland, then head East to John O’Groats and the finish. This north coastline is incredibly exposed to the worst of the winter storms, so it will be critical to avoid arriving here in heinous conditions.”
We hope to track the progress of the yacht in real time as it heads north in what Phil hopes will be ‘windy’ December conditions.
During the “End to End” record attempt – Phil, Sean and Ally will be raising money for Brain Tumour Research via their JustGiving page.