Phil Sharp is Britain’s most successful offshore sailor of his generation. In 2005 he competed in his first major race, the Mini Transat, in which he raced single-handed across the Atlantic in a 21ft boat, finishing 4th out of 84 entries. A year later Phil went on to score a triumphant victory in the 40ft class Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race, crossing almost a whole day ahead of his nearest competitor.
Phil is a specialist in high performance composite structural design, initiated with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College. Phil has headed up the engineering of a 43m wind turbine, and more recently a 30m carbon-fibre boom, designed for what will be the largest yacht in the world.
Phil’s technical capabilities present significant advantages to the performance and reliability of a round-the-world race campaign, during both the design and sailing phases. Greater understanding and feedback can be provided throughout training and racing to enhance performance development.
Combining Phil’s passions in offshore racing, engineering and innovation, his goal is clear: to be the first Brit to circumnavigate the world in a zero-emissions yacht, and aim for nothing other than a top result in the infamous Vendée Globe.