August 2016


Good to have you back, buddy. Phil Sharp relaunched himself on the singlehanded ocean racing scene in May when he dragged his ailing Class40 across the finish line in 3rd place in the Transat – having led most of the way. Ten years after dominating the Class40 in the 2006 Route du Rhum Sharp is now getting ready to begin a 2020 Vendée Globe campaign, having at long last secured the backing he needs to demonstrate some prodigious talent
 Why they won
‘All he ever does is work, he deserves it’ – Rebecca Linder; ‘Phil and the 2020 Vendée Globe, he’s had to wait too long’ – Anne Fauconnier; ‘I vote for Phil, he demonstrates great seamanship and determination in finishing third in the Transat with so much damage’ – Hugues Jacquemin; ‘Well done, that man, buy him a sail’ – Mark Thomas; ‘Marvellous’ – Armando Farhate; ‘Tenacity’ – Jean-Luc Cialdini; ‘Who else could podium with half a main?’ – Katie Lawson; ‘This boy has party stamina too’ – John Burnie.