Imerys Clean Energy Third At Transat Jacques Vabre

The 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre is done and dusted and the third place of the Class 40 division is bagged by Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde. This is the first time that this team has got on the podium of the Transat Jacques Vabre. They drove home the Imerys Clean Energy to claim the 3rd position in the Class 40 division. This is a remarkable achievement for the pair on the Imerys Clean Energy.


The duo of Sharp and Santurde touched the finish line at the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia in Brazil on November 23. They completed with a race time of 17 days, 15 hours and 58 minutes. Their boat Imerys Clean Energy sailed a total of 4539 nautical miles at an average speed of 10.70 knots. The winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre was V&B who completed 5 hours, 14 minutes and 26 seconds ahead of Imerys Clean Energy.
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The New Zealand contingent cruised closer to America’s Cup victory following their win over the Oracle Team USA in Bermuda.  The Emirates team New Zealand won both races today to reach 6-1 in the first to seven series.

Back in 2013, Team USA did the impossible when they came back from 8-1 to win 9-8 in a first to nine series. However, the circumstances were very different. Jimmy Spithill skippered the team and could reach out to Sir Ben Ainslie for tactical advice midway through the series. Also, the sailors were still trying to get used to foiling technology. The USA team made headway in upwind foiling and enjoyed an advantage that helped them to an unprecedented comeback. Read More