Phil Sharp has established 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 40 ft offshore Class 40 yacht Imerys averaging a speed of 15.3 knts.
Starting at 06:38 UTC this morning Phil left the Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes start-line on a mission to break the existing monohull time of 12 hours 01 minute 31 seconds held by Frenchman Jean Luc Van Den Heede, and set in November 2004 on a 85 ft monohull Adrien with an average speed of 11.5 knts.
Phil commented on his record breaking adventure: “I am absolutely over the moon, I honestly didn’t expect to make such a quick time, but today the wind was very persistent and the boat was on fire the whole time. It was like getting power hosed for nine hours. Imerys was surfing down waves frequently at phenomenal speeds of over 20 knts making the journey seriously wet and fast. More here.