Sharp still leads in record bid despite wave damage
PHIL SHARP is battling for ownership of a world record time in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race this morning, despite losing the use of onboard wind instruments when hit by a rogue wave on Friday.
The Jerseyman, accompanied by Pablo Santurdé, Julien Pulvé and Sam Matson aboard Imerys Clean Energy for the return race from Cowes, the Isle of Wight, held a 30-nm lead over his nearest rival Jack Trigger last night, having sailed down the east coast of England and crossed the Thames Estuary. However, Sharp and co were moving significantly slower than Concise 8, like Imerys, a Class 40 boat, so a danger still existed last night.
The current record stands at eight days, 19 hours and six minutes, meaning the winner must finish before approximately 7 am tomorrow morning to make history.