Phil initiated his ocean sailing career through an entry in the notorious Mini Transat, where he crossed from France to Brazil, solo, on a race boat just 21 foot long, finishing 4th out of 84 competitors. He then went on to claim victory in the 2006 edition of the Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race, and at his first attempt, finished the Solitaire du Figaro in 2011 as the highest Brit in the history of the race.
Storming back onto the Class 40 racing scene in 2016, Phil made an unforgettable podium in The Transat bakerly, despite finishing at the Statue of Liberty with a destroyed mainsail. During his 19 days at sea, Phil was subject to burst spinnakers, time penalties, ripped sails, power loss, the boat taking on water, but the skipper dealt with every challenge the race had to throw at him – determined to make it to New York.
Phil has just finished the 2016 Class 40 World Championship in 3rd place, and aims to better this through another Class 40 entry for 2017. He subsequently aims to compete in the Barcelona World Race and Vendee Globe, for which his team are additionally developing an innovative clean-hydrogen Fuel Cell system that will replace the standard diesel system on board. With this, he aims to be the first vessel to complete a non-stop circumnavigation of the globe with zero fossil-fuels on board, something that has not yet been attempted to date.