“ This area, as instructed by The Transat bakerly sailing instructions, is strictly forbidden and must be avoided by all competitors. ”
During the first night of racing in The Transat bakerly, British skipper Phil Sharp aboard Imerys, crossed a TSS (Traffic Separation Scheme) exclusion zone used by cargo ships off Ushant, France.
This area, as instructed by The Transat bakerly sailing instructions, is strictly forbidden and must be avoided by all competitors.
Following the offence, the Race Committee were alerted. After assessing the situation and liaising with Sharp, who was able to explain his mitigating circumstances, the international jury of five chaired by Frenchman Georges Prior made their decision. Phil Sharp will receive a time penalty of six hours.
This decision is final and binding.
Sharp, currently leading the Class40 fleet will have to adhere to this penalty in the coming hours, crossing the same longitude six hours apart - essentially a stop-go time penalty of six hours, stopping and restarting the race.
The stop-go penalty still leaves the British skipper with a chance of reconnecting with the rest of the Class40 fleet.