Sharp reaps rewards after victorious offshore season

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HAVING secured the Class 40 Championship title with a podium finish in the Transat Jacques Vabre, sailor Phil Sharp is the JEP Sports Personality of the Month award winner for November 2017.

Ocean sailor Phil Sharp clinched the Class 40 Championship title in November Picture: PHILSHARPRACING.COM

The Jerseyman capped off a stunning season aboard Imerys by taking third place in the 4,350-mile Class 40 race from France to Brazil – a result which sealed overall success after he claimed two wins and two second-places in the series’ opening four events.

Victories in the Grand Prix Guyader and Normandy Channel Race were followed by runner-up tags in the Les Sables-Horta and Rolex Fastnet sailings, and although triumph in the season finale was the aim his latest achievement cannot not be undermined.

‘It is really satisfying to be recognised for November’s sporting achievements,’ he said from Brazil.

‘I certainly feel as though I raced as hard as possible for two-and-a-half weeks of the month, 24 hours a day. I really hope that Islanders enjoyed following our closely fought battle of the Atlantics and it means a lot to have such strong local support to the project, and to help put Jersey on the world stage in offshore sailing.’

More in Tuesday's JEP.

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