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Sharp breaks record in Round Britain and Ireland win

The winning crew; Julien Pulvé, Phil Sharp, Pablo Santurdé, and Sam Matson. Credit: Phil Sharp Racing

Jersey yachtsman Phil Sharp set a new world record as he and his crew took overall victory in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.

Their boat Imerys crossed the finish line in Cowes on Monday in a time of eight days, 4 hours, 14 minutes, 49 seconds, beating the previous Class40 best by 15 hours.

It is Sharp's second win of the season after he took first place in the Normandy Channel Race in May.

He will now prepare for the the transatlantic Route du Rhum which starts in St Malo at the beginning of November.

We’re really happy with this result as the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is undoubtedly the toughest offshore race this side of the Atlantic. Breaking the record is a serious bonus and I am really chuffed to place this alongside my 9 hour Channel World Record sprint. This year 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.

– Phil Sharp, skipper, Imerys