24 September 2020
Phil Sharp takes 13th in La Solitaire du Figaro
Last Saturday the Solitaire du Figaro was drawn to an early close with the cancellation of the final stage due to forecast light winds. After finishing in positions 26th, 16th and finally in 11th over the three stages, Phil Sharp completed La Solitaire du Figaro with a total elapsed time of 10 days, 4 hours, and 8 minutes, just 2 hours and 41 minutes behind first place, overall ranking him 13th out of 35 competitors.
Unable to fight for Sharp’s original objective of a top-10 result, he leaves the event with unfinished business, but also a great sense of satisfaction having progressed well with each stage climbing up the ranking.
“I entered the Figaro circuit because I knew that racing in this elite class with such small margins would be a significant development opportunity and the ultimate training platform for tactics and boat speed. Going head-to-head against some of the world’s best solo sailors who have lived and breathed this circuit for years was always going to be a steep learning curve so I’m very pleased to have finished well into the top half of the fleet," said Phil.
“Having raced mainly across oceans I am much more equipped to manage good speeds in strong winds, and so one big test was racing in the light conditions that this event presented. In fact, there were strong winds in the beginning of stage 3 where I held the lead out of Dunkirk for the first day, before getting caught in a light wind transition zone”, Sharp commented.
The Solitaire du Figaro is well-known as an event that pushes skipper endurance and competitive spirit to the limit by challenging sailors to stay focussed and positive through setbacks.
Carey Olsen is proud to support OceansLab and Phil who alongside achieving inspiring results in ocean racing is also committed to accelerating the clean energy transition in the maritime sector through the innovation of a marinised hydrogen fuel cell prototype.
For more on Phil's race, please visit the OceansLab race review.