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Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race - Imerys Clean Energy take the gun

Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy has taken line honours, Class40 win and a set a new world record in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race © Paul Wyeth/RORC

Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy has taken line honours in the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race in an elapsed time of 8 days 4 hours 14 minutes 49 seconds, winning the Class40 Division and setting a new world record in the race for yachts 40ft or under (subject to ratification).

The team smashed the previous record by 15 hours. The victorious Imerys Clean Energy crew: Phil Sharp, Julien Pulvé, Pablo Santurdé and Sam Matson were met on the dock by friends, family and fans of the race.

“It hasn't really sunk in yet, but it is just fantastic to take line honours, the win in the Class40s, and break the world record!” exclaimed an elated Phil Sharp.

Champagne celebration for Imerys Clean Energy's Phil Sharp, Julien Pulvé, Pablo Santurdé and Sam Matson  after completing the race in record time for a 40ft yacht © Paul Wyeth/RORCChampagne celebration for Imerys Clean Energy's Phil Sharp, Julien Pulvé, Pablo Santurdé and Sam Matson after completing the race in record time for a 40ft yacht © Paul Wyeth/RORC

“This is definitely the toughest race in the northern hemisphere, harder than a transatlantic and all credit to the team who stuck at it and were exceptional, especially when the going got tough. You don't expect to do a race like this without breaking gear. We ripped our smaller spinnaker before halfway and for the last three days we have had no wind instruments, so it was back to old school feeling the breeze.”

“During the race 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. Many thanks to the Royal Ocean Racing Club for organising a fantastic race,” concluded Sharp.

Tony Lawson's Class40 Concise 8, skippered by Jack Trigger was 39 miles behind as Imerys Clean Energy crossed the finish line. Concise 8 are expected to finish the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race tonight, at approximately 21:00 BST Monday 20 August.

© Paul Wyeth/RORC© Paul Wyeth/RORC

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