Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Phil Sharp’s Class40 take the gun
Monday 20 August 2018 –
"It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it is just fantastic to take line honours, the win in the Class40s, and break the world record Record #sailingrecord !" exclaimed an elated Phil Sharp.
"This is definitely the toughest race in the northern hemisphere, harder than a transatlantic and all credit to the team who stuck at it and were exceptional, especially when the going got tough. You don’t expect to do a race like this without breaking gear. We ripped our smaller spinnaker before halfway and for the last three days we have had no wind instruments, so it was back to old school feeling the breeze. During the race we saw real extremes of challenging weather conditions, from heavy downwind, to light upwind sailing, and although in our class we had other competitive boats that pushed us, it turned out to be very much a race of attrition. Many thanks to the Royal Ocean Racing Club for organising a fantastic race," continued Sharp.
Tony Lawson’s Class40 Class40 #Class40 Concise 8, skippered by Jack Trigger was 39 miles behind as Imerys Clean Energy crossed the finish line. Concise 8 are expected to finish the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race tonight, at approximately 21:00 BST Monday 20 August.
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