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We dig Phil Sharp and this will be a very interesting thing to watch…

Following on from his successes in the Class40 circuit with two championship wins and three official World Records, Sharp’s latest mission is to master the one-design Figaro class, one of sailing’s most challenging arenas. Six years have passed since he last trained in the circuit, which last year adopted foils with the launch of the Figaro Beneteau 3. The level playing field offered by one-design racing has attracted some of the world’s best shorthanded sailors year on year making the circuit notoriously competitive.

“Consistency on the race course requires training and development,” Sharp commented. “The Figaro class is a great way to do this as you are able to benchmark yourself against top skippers. The racing is very close and intense, which means that there is no room for error and competitors are pushed to their limits – the kind of racing I really thrive off.

“It’s going to be a steep learning curve to keep pace with the experienced Figarists – some of which have been competing in the class for over 10 years, but it will be interesting to see what I can bring from my Class40 background. More here.