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Sharp Smashes English Channel World Speed Record

Phil Sharp sets a new World Speed Sailing Monohull Record, single-handed across the English Channel from Cowes, Isle of Wight to Dinard, France in 9 hours and 3 minutes.

Subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSRC), aboard his 40ft offshore Class 40 yacht Imerys averaging a speed of 15.3knts.

Phil commented on his record breaking adventure:

“When we put out the Code Green to go, we knew there would be a lot of wind, but the conditions ended up stronger with gusts peaking 50 knots.

There were a few risks we took when we went out today, but there always are in record breaking conditions.

It was like getting power hosed for nine hours. Imerys was surfing down waves frequently at phenomenal speeds of over 20knts making the journey seriously wet and fast.

The boat makes it exciting and it seems to have no top speed, the more wind there is the faster it goes!"

Starting at 06:38 UTC Thursday morning Sharp left the Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes start-line on a mission to break the existing monohull time of 12 hours 01 minute 31 seconds

That record was set by Frenchman Jean Luc Van Den Heede back in November 2004 on 85ft monohull Adrien with an average speed of 11.5 knots.

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