Imerys Clean Energy wins Normandy Channel Race

Phil Sharp and Julien Pulvé on Imerys Clean Energy win the Normandy Channel Race 2018

Britain's Phil Sharp joins Pablo Santurde of Spain in the list of double consecutive winners.

For a little over 6 days and 50 minutes, the Normandy Channel Race resulted in a ruthless elimination race, as the leading group passed through the highlights of the Solent, Wolf Rock, Tuskar and Fastnet Rock.

With 27 competitors at 14, then 11, then 6, then three contenders for the final victory, adding surprisingly dramatic moves.

Just six seconds seperated Imerys from second placed Carac of Louis Duc and Gwen Riou, with third Aïna of Aymeric Chappellier and Fabien Delaahye, less than five minutes later.

"Just before the last buoy, I thought it was 'dead' for us," says Sharp in amazement after such a finale. "There was one last gybe to complete, but it was not likely to pass, and we slipped into Carac's wind like a dream."

Louis Duc, skipper of Carac, was subdued he was passed in the final metres. "Three changes of leaders in the last morning!"

Final Race times:

1- IMERYS - 6d 0h 50mn 49 sec. Speed: 6.63 knots. Distance traveled: 1,107.18 miles at 7.64 knots

2-CARAC 2 - 6d 0h 50mn 55sec. Speed: 6.63 knots. Distance covered 1,134.60 miles at 7.83 knots ecart 6 seconds

3-AINA ENFANCE ET AVENIR - 6d 0h 55mn 19 sec. Speed ??6.62 knots. Distance traveled 1,109.03 miles at 7.65 knots. Gap 4 minutes 30 sec.

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