After a 1,270 nautical mile first leg of the Les Sables/Horta/Les Sables race, Phil Sharp and Corentin Douguet, sailing Class 40 yacht ‘Imerys‘ crossed the finish line in the Azores on Saturday the 8th of July at 10:51:22 UTC. The passage was made at an average of 8.84 knots and their race time of 5 days, 23 hours, 49 minutes, and 22 seconds, was just 43 minutes and 40 seconds shy of the yacht in first place, the Spanish boat ‘Tales II’ skippered by Pablo Santurde. Many congratulations to them. It was a great race…
‘Imerys’ skipper Phil Sharp told us: “It was very tiring, the pace was rapid, and I think I’ve never pushed a Class 40 quite so much to the edge. These boats are machines and it’s incredible just how fast they go. Although it was very tough out there at times, it was rewarding sailing, especially across an ocean to a place like this. You realise it’s an amazing opportunity.
“The race that we had with ‘Tales II’ was a fantastic one, and it was great to have them so near us as it made for a good reference. It drove us and the boat to our limits. We had a great start, but they passed us in the Atlantic with some great speed, but then we had a fun finish where we tried to hunt them down!
“The race is split in two, so we’re pretty happy that we finished so close to 1st place for this leg. It means that the race is still open for us to win, we just have to beat our speedy Spanish friends!!
“Overall it’s been a tiring, but very rewarding experience and it’s great to have a good solid position to arrive into Horta with.”
Phil will now be joined by co-skipper Adrien Hardy and the pair have just six days before the start of leg 2 – the race back to Les Sables. Overall ranking will be established based on the combined times of the two legs. The team with the minimum combined time will be declared the winner.
2017 Class 40 Championship Race Programme
April 29th – May 1st: Grand Prix Guyader: 1st Phil Sharp Racing/ Imerys
May 14th – May 21st: Normandy Channel Race: 1st Phil Sharp Racing/ Imerys
July 2nd – July 20th: Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables
6th – 11th August: Rolex Fastnet Race
5th – 30th November 2017: Transat Jacques Vabre
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