Britain's first significant Figaro win

Phil Sharp wins Solo Basse Normandie while Sam Goodchild is second
Despite not being picked as ‘the chosen one’ for this year’s Artemis Offshore Academy scholarship, former Mini sailor and Route du Rhum Class 40 winner Phil Sharp received slight vindication yesterday when he won the Figaro class’ singlehanded Solo Haute Normandie Race. With the AOA scholarship winner Sam Goodchild coming home second, it was a British 1-2 in this traditionally French-dominated class with Nigel King finishing 15th in the 17 boat class and Conrad Humphreys scoring a DNF (read more in his blog here). The route for the Solo Haute Normandie was somewhat convoluted, starting at 1258 (local) from Granville on the southwest side of the Cherbourg peninsula on Friday, with a leg west through the Minquiers to a mark northwest of St Malo, then up to a gate off the eastern side of Sark, then the Casquets to starboard, around the top of the Cherbourg peninsula to an anticlockwise triangle in the Baie de Seine (on the east side of the Cherbourg peninsula) and back up to the finish in Cherbourg – around 250 miles in total. Brits in the race (left to right): Sam Goodchild, Nigel King, Phil Sharp and Conrad Humphreys Phil Sharp says in the 12 knots northwesterly wind, he got off to a slow start thanks to weed getting caught around his 32ft Figaro’s appendages and then having to take time to remove it. “I was behind them trying to make up some ground,” he recalls and hoped to make up some ground by ‘bravely’ negotiating his way through the middle of the Minquiers, the notorious low-lying island group to the south of Sharp’s native Jersey. “The fleet split and went either of the Minquiers but as they waited for the tide to turn at the west point of the Minquiers, they didn’t really break through so I went