Speaking to Bruichladdich, Phil says: “It is really pleasing for the whole team, including our partners, to be rewarded with the Class 40 European Trophy. It demonstrates that we have not only achieved some great race results, but have also shown real consistency as a result of the dedication and enthusiasm of all those that have been involved in the project this year.”
Halvard Mabire, Class 40 president commented:
“The European Trophy highlights the vitality and diversity on offer within the Class 40 race programme. While primarily designed for transoceanic racing, Class 40s also make for appealing boats for any offshore racing. With the ever-increasing level of competition in Class 40, it is important to reward performance. Congratulations to team Imerys on their victory!”
In just under two months more than 40 race boats from four classes will embark on the 4,445 nautical mile Transat Jacques Vabre race to Brazil. As the largest fleet, Class 40 will see 20 boats battling for a win, and team Imerys are fired up for the challenge:
Sharp says: “The trophy is a great boost prior to this year’s Grand Slam, but there is no underestimating the strong competition we have for this marathon event. We still have significant boat preparation, development and training to do in order to maximise our performance and reliability in our quest for a top result. We will be giving it everything as the Transat Jacques Vabres is a race I would really like to win!!”
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