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More congratulations Phil on getting the overall Class 40 Championship for the second year running with 858 points. To beat Aymeric in Aïna by over 130 points in the year cements your position as the Top Class 40 Man in the World….. A hearty well done indeed…. Next is the Vendee…..!
A huge congratulations from 5H! We have so enjoyed following your amazing journey.
Welcome to Guadeloupe!!
Congratulations for your race!! You did a very good job. A few of us came to see you on Tuesday night, following your arrival by boat or taking pictures and taking the opportunity to speak with you once you had arrived at 10.55pm. It was really great!
We hope our whole class will be able to see you and talk to you once you’ve rested!
THE 406 ERASMUS
College Edmond Bambuck, Gosier, Guadeloupe
Congratulations, Phil, that`s awesome! You deserve it!
See ya at SR 2019.
Congratulations on a podium finish, you certainly worked for it! here’s to Vendee Globe 2020?
Phil – heartiest congratulations to you – an epic achievement…. to get a podium finish against newer and faster boats is testament to you, your abilities and strategy, and to your support team. Additionally to have done this with all your technical problems particularly your errant autopilots which caused you endless broaches and lack of sleep is nothing short of remarkable. Time for that IMOCA Phil….! “Chapeaux” to you, enjoy some richly deserved R&R, look forward to a beer sometime when you finally get back to Jersey.
What a challenge and yet podium position again! Well done and our heartiest congratulations on such an achievement in those sleep deprived conditions.
We do indeed have the rum bottle out! – CHEERS Phil!!
Mate. Dead proud. Even the neighbours know and they don’t even sail!
Sure you could have got first if it wasn’t for the auto pilot. Great determination. Enjoy the cocktails!
Well done Phil! Heroic result! We can only imagine, watching from the safety of Jersey, how tough this must have been!
G;day Phil, What a really gripping finish! Very well done for a race well raced and many congratulations on getting your feet on the very well merited podium again! That was a master class! Problems faced, problems overcome, tout seul! Amazing! Enjoy Guadeloupe!
Congratulation for this 3rd place! That was a close finish after 16 days at sea! Enjoy the rum for us!
Congratulations Phil – third place is fantastic. Amazing feet of sailing given the challenges presented…and you missed the rocks!! Very well done and thank you for the updates. Enjoy the rum!
Good show, Phil! We watched you the entire way. A well deserved congratulations.
Keep racing towards the Rum .
You are doing so well and we are very proud of our British Sailor.
Huge Respect !
Really enjoying the Tweets ..keep them coming
COME ON PHIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep pushing!!!!! he is spitting distance away!!!!!……… GOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Finish in 3 or 4 hours and you’re only 1% off Yoann, great sailing, great cause.
You‘ve done an incredible job so far. Really impressed by your performance. Keep pushing hard, enjoy the final miles and above all, arrive safely
Finish strong matey, awesome race. Imagine the Vendee with a new and Carbon Zero ride ⛵️
I send you all my strength to a grant finish!
Common mate almost there!! You have an amazing support from the fan base just look at how many messages are coming through, it shows how this sport is changing and how much easier it is to follow these races via social media. Only a few miles left and it’s going to be intense, you’ve done a great race but you have to fight to the end, then you can rest and recover until your next challenge. Circle of life, one race at a time! Take care and do your best!
Home stretch mate! Have been watching all the way, seriously impressive. Keep it up!
Almost there now
The trick to sailing down the leeward coast of Guadeloupe is to stay in really close or way far out. The mushy middle ca be trying! (I did it a few times in a mini 6.5)
Fair winds for the finish.
Go Phil! You are doing such a great race from the start, so fair winds and good luck with the finish!
Federico (from Italy)
Hi Phil,Moses Vitalis (Burberry boat cruise) from Nigeria have been following your racing and I can tell that your efforts are motivational and the entire water community over here are wishing u a successful arrival at RDR2018.. sail safe stay firm
An epic sail – what a hero! May you have all the luck with the breezes behind Guadeloupe and give us armchair sailors a nail-biting finish! Sending you all the best possible wishes from a grey and cold Chichester Harbour.
Hi Phil – Jersey calling – have been keeping track of your amazing progress in what has been a hugely tough RdR – with weather that caused many of your fellow competitors to run for cover – over thirty retirements – loads of folk here ro(u)ting [sic] for you – the whole of the Jersey boating community is behind you. Keep up all your good work and we’ll all watch your arrival – as you know, the last few miles into Guadeloupe can be a fickle experience, anything could happen to the opposition – keep pushing…..look what happened with the Ultimes and Joyon/Gabard …. All best aye Chip – PS Just in case you might have forgotten what one looks like …. do you have that ridiculous inflatable palm tree on board …..?!
Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land.
Rum & gingerbeer? Counting down the hours b4 your back on land. Keep going for the finnish line…. We’re all cheering you on.
Nearly there!! Keep going Phil and make sure Hender wins the port! Not long now. You’re an absolute hero. Jackie B
Wishing you all the very best for the final push, Phil. What an amazing race, thrilling to the wire. Well done, speed on!!!
Phil keep up the brilliant work, you’ve sailed a blinder, its not done until you cross the line. Don’t have a lie in.
Well done Phil in maintaining your second place, especially in your ‘old’ boat! Constantly following your excellent progress, just don’t fall asleep too close to landfall! Your final miles will be quite a ‘cliffhanger’ pun not really intended, but guaranteed to be exciting!
So best of luck and enjoy your finish!
Marvelling at your tenacity and concentration,
Bons vents, William Hartwell
Well done Phil from your old maths teacher. It has been great following your progress on the website. Not far to go now so hang in there and then a celebration and a good night’s sleep.
Chase forward and don’t look back
Hi Phil keep going! Looking forward to the next update 8-)
Keep the pressure on Phil, its been great following this Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe. Nice to see a Channel Islander making the most of our nautical heritage! I admire anyone who participates in these events and racing as hard as you can. Great stuff and best of luck over your last 250 miles.
Phil you’re doing awesome!! Continue on, GO PHIL GO GO GO
Keep going Phil! It’s been amazing watching your race unfold. You’re nearly there!
Well done so far. Good luck for the final push.
Hang in there Phil you’re doing an outstanding job, I’ve been watching and following you since day one. Fair winds and safe sailing mate, good luck for the rest of the race.
YOU CAN DOOOOO IIIIIT come on Phil
Phil, an absolutely awesome performance, unbelievable, keep it going, we are all tracking you here day and night, you can catch him!!!
Hi Phil, Roy and I are following your progress throughout the day. As the last few hundred miles are eaten up so the excitement builds. Wherever you come will be great. With you all the way. Keep up the good work. Roy and Cherylene Le Brun Jersey
I am wearing out the refresh button on my computer pressing it so often to see how you are doing!!. Truly amazing your race so far. Praying your lead on Aina holds to the end and you take some mileage out of Veedol.
G’day, Phil, Veedol can’t afford look back with you in the chase. Excel;lent sailing … really gripping viewing!!! Go, go, Phil!
good wishes from a friend of Jamie Butterworth. I’m running an ocean finance initiative – we’d love to hear your stories when you return to Europe! Bravo, Michael
Aloha from Hawaii, we are watching this finish closely. Awesome sailing and awesome promotion of zero emissions. Go Phil!
Hi Phil!! You’re doing brilliantly!! it must be getting even more tough by now with the adding up of not much sleep and the constant breath of Aina!! you are doing SOOOOOOOOO AMAZING!! Keep pushing on and on and on!! not far to go now!!! I didn’t know we could message you here, so sorry about that!! here we are better late than never! I am so proud of you for pushing through all that weather and coming through, strong, determined, positive, happy and with high spirits!! the girls are good and say hi uncle phil!! we had a massive fire in our back yard today which was wonderful… obviously made me think of you and your massive piles… go big or go home…. snow is coming here and we are excited for skiing!!.. I wish so much I could make it to the finish line, but it is just not possible right now. Tons of new news to tell you when we have a chance to catch up!… anyway,.. keep on being brilliant and strong and determined and positive and keep Aina in your wake!!! I’ll message you here now instead of Facebook as Becky says you get these directly…. GO UNCLE PHIL, GO UNCLE PHIL, GO UNCLE PHIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fly with the fish!!!!!!!!!!!
Good evening Phil, your doing great well done mate! Love the way your fighting back!! Please keep going you can do this DO NOT GIVE IN!!
You will win this!!! Here in Valencia it keeps on raining so enjoy the sun! Went riding today up the mountain, same route we rode together when you were over a few years ago, got soaked! Be safe and sail hard, make sure you eat and sleep.
Really tough and 2nd. Well done. Best wishes Haslar Happy Hour Yacht Club. Gives us something to be proud of.
Fantastic race ! F and I glued to the screen here day and night. We are really rooting for you !
Keep it up and keep going hard !
Cheering for you from Ecuador… keep up the great ENERGY!
push hard when small spi is needed, Chappie repaired his one the 14th.
Great race Phil go go go!
Keep going mate. You’re doing amazing! We’re cheering you all the way!
Bonjour Phil! keep it up, you are doing great. We are waiting for you in Guadeloupe! We can’t wait to warmly welcomed you!
Hi Phil, keep it up, you’re doing great. We are waiting for you in Guadeloupe! Go-go – Go , Phil!!! With you all the way.
We can’t wait to warmly welcomed you!
Good afternoon mate, it’s still raining here in Valencia …. Its been great to follow your prigress over the last 24 hours, great tactics on your side to compete amongst these faster boats. Your doing great keep at it and the opportunity will appear. By now you must have heard about Alex hitting rocks getting close to 60 miles from Pointe a Pitre, it will probably cosr him the race. Make sure you get some rest and keep an eye on the charts. Take care and be safe we are all watching with excitement!!
Hi Phil, keep it up, you’re doing great. I won’t say anything about pulling a certain animal out of the hat! Go-go, Phil!!! With you all the way.
The challenges continue Phil and, as usual, you’re giving each one your very best shot. How you keep going in these adverse circumstances is a mystery to me and many others, but “keep going” you do. Long may that resolve be with you until you cross the line !!
We’re with you every inch of the way and sending good positive vibes. The whisky will be helping ! AP
Keep it going Phil hang in there
Great work Phil in getting yourself into such a strong position and reeling in Veedol – you’ve got him in your sights! You have to be a man of many talents to cope with all the challenges thrown at you but if anyone can do it, you can. Good to know Duct tape and Sikaflex has done the job and good luck mending the main sail. Enjoy surfing those waves!
This is so exciting Phil. First thing we do each morning (and throughout the day) is check your position. You’re doing some awesome sailing and we’re loving following you. We’re behind you all the way and thinking of you. Stay safe. Hope you get some rest. Naughty auto pilot.
Good Mornjng Phil, you had a great night and sailed over 270 miles in the last 24 hours. Your gaining on Veedol only 72 miles from you and creating more space with Aina who is now 57 miles behind you and blew up his Kite yesterday. Most of all your faster than anyone out there! Here in Valencia it’s raining and getting colder but still pleasant though, nothing like what your experiencing out there. JL and his wife spent the weekend with us and we were talking a lot about your next project we are all excited and commited to getting you a bigger boat for a longer race! Keep going like this mate and you will win it!! Be safe and take care!
Never heard of you before but in following Alex T (who’s smashing it at present – metaphorically not literally) and Ned Collier, your name cropped up, and I see you’re doing bloody well mate. Only 70nm behind Yoann. I’ll be watching you closely and hoping you can get in there at the finish. Plenty of time to overhaul. Good luck.
Burn baby burn – Disco Inferno. Looks like you have Imerys right in the groove. Thats all Im going say tonight. H
You are giving me such joy right now when I am following your progress.
Keep up the good spirits.
We all know what you are made of!
Go mate! All the best on this endeavour.
Hey Phil, you are doing an awesome job out there. Keep the flag flying for Jersey. You can do it!
You going to need a bigger boat:)
Huge respect Phil, we have been watching your progress since the start, great to see you are in such a good position. Downwind surfing the Atlantic swells must be awesome! Keep powering through – you are an inspiration to all us young sailors.
RCIYC Cadet Squad.
Awesome bit of sailing getting that wind… you can do it pal
Was in Edinburgh with John Maxwell the former Imerys guy sends very best.
Luke’s Class 5H are right behind you, 1st thing they check in the morning so much excitement.
Hold the wind and stay safe
Good morning Phil, great to see you back in 2nd place this morning and that you have regained a good 30 miles on Veedol. Your navigation strategy has and is paying off as you are still faster. Keep going mate your doing a fantastic race, we are all super proud of you! Make sure you eat properly and try to sleep, as you still have a few critical days ahead of you. The finish will be amazing I am sure!!
Hey Phil. Travelling in Rajasthan at the momentbut still keeping an eye on your progress. Wishing you luck and the best wind wherever your boat goes.
Hi Mate, you have had a brilliant 24hr. Your focus and efforts are paying off. You even have Sidney Gavignet to reel in ahead of you. Life doesn’t get much better than that. Go get him! Its 23:22 here just opened at tin of rice pudding, I’m going to eat it cold straight out of the tin. I hope you are checking everything regularly on the trusty bath tub. When and if you get your pilot working iI reckon it will be time for a spring clean, proper spruce up down below. A tidy desk is a tidy mind. Have you seen any turtles yet ? H
Hi Phil, Can’t believe your sailing with more equipment failure, and a big one again! Hope that you can get into a rhythm of sleep and sailing as your dynamics have changed. Also interested to see you take a more southerly route. Seems like a good plan as your currently faster. Fair winds and be safe. Joy, Andy and family, RI, USA.
Good afternoon Phil, just finished lunch here in Valencia and had Sushi! Did you get any flying fish yet? There should be plenty where you are! We are glad to see you’re enjoying the Atlantic swell and surfing down waves, it is cool especially with your Mach 2. Interesting route your taking, it appears your faster than the others and should have a better crossing later! Anything to beat the other boats although newer and faster, your the best sailor out there! Enjoy the next few days, sail fast and be safe!! Take care mate! Remember to get some sleep ;).
Hi Phil, keep at it – surfing those waves of the Atlantic might be fun but get some rest when you can. Keeping the clean dream alive all the way to Guadalupe !
Good luck Phil! The Renewable Energy Group team is wishing you all the best from the US!
Go for it Phil, damn autopilots going wonky. If you get a podium that would be amazing against the new ones.
Old mini days guy :)
Fantastic stuff Phil. Rooting for you all the way. Good luck and great sailing.
Good morning Phil, we have been following the race with the tracker and cheering on for you on your amazing performance!! You may know this by now but Francis Joyon took Line ho ours today and beat Gabart to the finish after being second fir most of the race chasing him. He did so with a much older generation boat and leveraged his experience and skills to win! I see you exactly I’m the same light and know that your fighting as hard as you can to win this! Please know that we are all with you!!! Take care mate and be safe!!
Excellent efforts mate through the night, keep reeling him in. I’m eating porridge here this morning in my Crocs in your honour. Hender
Keep up the good work, keep safe and let’s see you in front at the end. let’s see Jersey on the map again.
Hi Phil, great to see you into much better weather. You must be itching to get the Crocs out, if that’s not already done. Enjoy the kindly trade winds and the long run to the finish. We’re all rooting for you. Bon vent and very best wishes, Bill
HI Phil Usual nail biting stuff going on ! Cant believe the challenging conditions you faced so early in the race but, as ever, overcome by your determination and fortitude. Keep giving that first position sailor some concerns about your challenge, and keep safe as you make your way closer to his transom. Watching you all the way and wishing you easier seas, fair fast winds and some sleep !! Keep smiling APam
You are doing a great job Phil, Keep it going.
following the race back here in Sssex after the weekend in St Malo.
I was a mate of ian muslow ( back in the day ! 2006 ???) when you won + Ian was 3rd i think,
Push hard but don’t break it !
Hey Phil, Renewable Energy Group is enjoying following your progress and success. We are proud to have provided the renewable fuel. Keep up the great work, you are an inspiration.
Bonjour Phil! Nous esperons que vous avez un bon voyage. Nous avons aimé regarder votre bateau dans la course. Bonne chance!
Keep it rolling! Great job. Maybe you will be able to dry off and warm up a bit.
Phil, you’re putting my lack of sleep to shame! You’re doing so well, keep it up – lots of great material for non-fiction storytime for Eliza! She is (and I am) looking forward to the next instalment! Love Leonie
Go Phil! What an incredible challenge. You are doing so well. Good luck!!!! Anna
So today I ran a few miles and swam 2K. My training is starting to ramp up again as I get ready for next years challenges. Was thinking of you as I was swimming hard, just amazing what you are doing and I fully appreciate how tough it must be but at the same time how great it is to do what you love most! And you have trained for this! Look how far you have come and how much further you will go! You are in top shape and with best mental and physical strength to tackle this race just like I was in Burgos a bit more han a month ago. So chin up and go kick some ass!!! We are all watching and super proud of being your fans!!
Hey Phil, many congratulations on your progress, to date, we can only imagine what you’ve been through since the heady days of the RdR Village. To see you snapping at Veedol AIC’s heels speaks volumes.for what you have achieved and your competitive edge. Amazing stuff, stay safe, fair winds, sunshine and calmer seas lie ahead. Go go, Phil!
Full of admiration and awe , unbelievable challenge. Stay safe and all the very best! Amazing! Juliet and Mark x x
Bon courage Phil ! Stay safe ! Je suis ta progression depuis Buenos Aires : )
Wet and weary but focused and fighting hard, you’re doing really well Phil . We’re following you all the way and with you in spirit , really proud of your performance in such difficult seas. You’re a legend! xx⛵️
Go Phil !
Le coworking du Bastion à La Rochelle suit tes aventures et est derrière toi !
Bon courage ! Good luck !
Phiiiiil, you go and stay strong… Sending you good vibes and keep up the good work, champ! Looking forward to seeing the celebratory pics…
Keep it up, Phil! Been checking the tracker constantly this week. Fascinating to see the race develop – not sure if that’s the word you’d use though! All the best for next few days. Tony
Hugely impressive efforts once again Sharpy. You are really nicely positioned for the next few days for the next beat. Get plenty of hot Earl Grey into your system for the next 24 hrs ahead and enjoy surfing down the back of those waves. Poppy and Imogen are following you intensely before school at 8am each morning wishing you the best of luck and bundles. Hender, Jackie, Poppy and Imogen.
Super job mate!! Keep it up the sunshine is on the other side and you will be sailing in the anticyclone of the Azore!! Be safe and fast you can win this and we are all watching and cheering on! Bon vent
Dad here! Good Morning!
Congratulations on managing to sail through extremely difficult sea states and heavy weather with relentless progress. Brilliant strategy and resolve as always. Takes me back to our mountainous sail to Bajona but that was only downwind! I am sure you are very low on sleep…hopefully you will very soon break out into smother conditions and kinder sea states where you can put both feet and head down.
Brilliant stuff as always!
Stay safe (and fast) Dad XXxx
Keep up the good work Phil!
Jean Jaurès Secondary School (BAILLIF, GUADELOUPE) is behind you!
We are so proud!
Year 9 students and their English teacher
You are doing incredibly ! Keep up the amazing work!! We are following you all the way
Jaimee & Claire
We are following you and you have progressed well in spite of the bad weather. You are doing an amazing job! Keep going and you will lead the race. We are sure you can win. we wish you luck
Eunice and Erika (302)
collège Appel du 18 juin
Good luck Phil.! Be confident because you can do it! We are with you! You are doing well so Keep up the good work.
The pupils of 305
Collège Appel du 18 juin
Second place and miles gained, brilliant performance today, keep it going and sail safe Mark.
Good luck Phil! I know that You have many problems, but You are Iron Man. You can do it. Good Luck!!!
A great start despite the halyard. Saw your boat in St Malo . Good luck and a safe journey and we look forward to your victorious finish.Danny and Liz ,St Mary Jersey
Great to see that PS resourcefulness at work again! We are following you closely and wish you a safe and successful race and a speedy return to calmer comditions
Praying for you Phil so many things going wrong one after the other
And praying for your safety at sea may you have great wisdom
We all hope things will be better now
All the best
Just read your update report. Well done on fixing the challenges thrown at you this far. Good luck for the rest of the race and may the weather gods be kind to you. You have all our support!
Phil wishing you all the luck in the world, have fun we are with you all the way.
Bob & Sue
Go Phil…May the wind and wave gods be with you.
We are all rooting for you.
Gordon & Elaine
Keep heading South until the butter melts
Peter and Sue
Good luck Phil ! Hang on on the reaches and nail them on the wind ! Hope the ballast tank holds.
Following your progress all the way.
John and Irene Nugent in Jersey.
Good luck Phil from a fellow old vic. Look forward to following your progress over the next sixteen days. I have kept an eye on your sailing over the past couple of years and draw great inspiration from your commitment and determination. Safety and speed.
Best luck & Kick Ass, Phil, We’re watching you from Nelson BC
Jay (A friend of your Sis)
Just watched the start and wishing you all the very best for this race from a former regular Hamble racer now living in Vancouver. Go get those so-called faster Class 40s! Will be watching your progress avidly on the tracker and looking forward to your usual enthusiastic and informative FB updates. Fair winds!
Good Luck Phil – and a safe journey and return – We are with you all the way
Yr ol’ nanny Tina…..!