The latest from Phil: Day 6 of the Transat QSM

The latest from Phil: Day 6 of the Transat QSM


Phil’s blog, day 6: “I have just come off the helm after probably some  of the most exhilarating sailing you could ever ask  for. Conditions are downwind, 25 kts wind,  fractional spinnaker, and we are blasting down  waves average of 17kts. An offshore sailors dream!  (and an inshore sailors nightmare!). I have to say  I was grinning ear to ear for a bit. This is the  sailing we have been waiting for all this time.   Actually outside, if it wasn’t for the temperature,  you could fool yourself that you were in the  trade winds with the blue sky and deep blue ocean.  It’s only when you get a wave pummeling you in the  face every so often, with a water temperature of 7  deg, that you realise you are not actually going to  see any flying fish. However we did see a whale a  few hours ago, quite far from the boat, making an enormous splash.

We are currently in 4th place, already 150 miles East of Newfoundland, but are now honing in on the leaders. We made 2 sail changes recently to different spinnakers, losing some time, but now we think we have the ideal weapon for these conditions. Hopefully by the time you get this we’ll be higher up the board!

Voisins is delighted to be sponsoring Phil Sharp Racing as an official partner to the Energy Challenge.... Well done so far Phil. Keep up the good work!


18th July 2016

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