A Weather Window?


The team at PS Racing have switched to Code Amber for yachtsman Phl Sharp’s attempt to sail the English Channel in record time #ChannelRecord

A weather window is anticipated to open up for a possible departure on Thursday 24th or Friday 25th November.

As last weekend saw southern Britain prepare for the impending 80mph gusts of storm ‘Angus’, Phil made the most of the strong wind to sprint across the Channel, delivering his Class 40 ‘Imerys‘ from Jersey to Cowes ahead of a possible attempt.

In the wake of the storm, Sharp, together with meteorologist Jure Jerman have been undertaking a statistical forecast analysis in the hunt for ideal conditions to attempt the outright monohull World Record for the route.

Jure commented: “The winds are due to shift NE tomorrow. Currently Thursday is looking a lot windier, forecasting a constant gale force 8 and gusting over 40 knots, which would be right on the upper limit for a clean attempt. The conditions will be slightly less extreme on Friday, but the direction is not as favourable and this may provide a slower end to the passage.”

Sharp added: “A final decision will be made tomorrow when we will be able to pin-point an exact departure time to enter Code Green”. Phil continued, “There is no doubt that Thursday will be full-on as the Channel will be full of howling wind, potentially leading to some pretty choppy conditions in the Alderney Race, but the rest of the crossing would be very fast.

“It will really be a fine balance between performance and risk.”


Watch this space for developments…

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