Phil Sharp’s Biography2018-10-29T19:01:18+00:00

Phil Sharp is one of the most successful offshore sailor of recent years. He has achieved top results in the toughest transatlantic races including The Transat, Route du Rhum, Mini Transat, and Transat Jacques Vabre. Phil holds the world speed record for the Channel (under 60 ft) and the Round Britain and Ireland (under 40 ft), he has also won the 2017 Class 40 Championship. With an Imperial College Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering Phil is a specialist in high performance composite structural design and has headed up the engineering of a 43m wind turbine, and more recently 3 carbon-fibre boom averaging 30m, designed for what is the largest yacht in the world.

Phil Sharp, Skipper & Technical Director

Whilst being competitive on the water, Phil and the team also want to communicate the advantages of clean technology and are campaigning the Energy Challenge. This is an objective to develop and demonstrate a practical solution to replace the diesel engine in the marine space, with a clean hydrogen-electric energy system.

Phil claimed victory in his first attempt of the notorious Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race in 2006, and 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.

He finished on the 2016 Class 40 Championship podium, went on to win both the 2017 Championship and the European Trophy, and has achieved two World Sailing Speed Records, entering the Guinness Book of Record for the cross Channel and also for Round Britian and Ireland. Phil aims to compete in the Barcelona World Race and Vendee Globe with zero reliance on fossil fuels and aims to be the first vessel to do so.

With an Imperial College Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering Phil is a specialist in high performance composite structural design. He headed up the engineering of a 43m wind turbine, and more recently a 30m carbon-fibre boom, designed for what is the largest yacht in the world – the ‘A’. The £260million superyacht has a length of 468ft with masts nearing 300ft high.

Phil’s combined sailing and technical capabilities present significant advantages to achieving a top result in the toughest of offshore races, the Vendée Globe, from the development of a reliable, highly competitive boat, through to the management of the systems on board to maintain maximum performance throughout the race.

How it all started

Phil comes from a sailing family and has sailed on yachts from a very young age. He first started racing at university where he captained the Imperial College Sailing Team for his final two years, skippering the team to victory in Cowes Week 2003. Phil was also the commodore of the university sailing club. Shortly after graduating from university with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, he started racing in the Mini class, and in September 2005 he competed in the Mini Transat, a single-handed race from France to Brazil in 21ft boats, considered to be one of the toughest offshore races. After 3 weeks and 4,500 miles, Phil finished in 4th place overall, the second best British result in the 30-year history of the race.

Career Highlights

  • Record – Round Britain and Ireleand (<40 ft) WRSSC, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 1st – 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 1st – 2018 Normandy Channel Race, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 3rd – 2017 Transat Jacques Vabre, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 2nd – 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 2nd – 2017 Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 1st – 2017 Normandy Channel Race, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 1st – 2017 Grand Prix Guyader, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • Record – Cowes – Dinard, WRSSC (<60 ft), Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 2nd – 2016 Normandy Channel Race, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 3rd – 2016 The Transat bakerly (solo), Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • Record – Length of Britain, Sailing (Dec 2015)
  • 3rd – 2015 Fastnet, Class 40
  • 1st – 2014 Chicago – Mackinac Great Lake Race (double-handed), Seascape 27
  • 2nd – 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race, Level Class (Class 40)
  • 1st – 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race, Level Class (Class 40)
  • 3rd- 2011 Solitaire du Figaro (solo) rookie class, 18th overall, Figaro
  • 1st – 2011 Solo Basse Normandie (solo), Figaro
  • 1st – 2011 Solo La Grande Motte (solo), Figaro
  • 1st – 2010 UK Figaro Nationals (double), Figaro
  • 1st – 2010 London Boat Show Skiff Grand Prix (helm), 49er
  • 5th – 2007 Rolex Fastnet, (Helmsman) Volvo 60
  • 1st – 2006 Route du Rhum (solo, France – Guadeloupe), Class 40
  • 3rd – 2006 Mini Fastnet, (double) Mini 650
  • 4th – 2005 Mini Transat (solo, France – Brazil), Mini 650
  • 24hr Record for 2005 Mini Transat
  • 3rd – 2005 Transgascogne (solo), Mini 650
  • 4th – 2005 Open Demi Cle (double), Mini 650
  • 6th – 2005 Mini Pavois (solo), Mini 650
  • 2nd – 2005 Odysee D’Ulysse (double), Mini 650
  • 1st – 2003 Cowes Week, Sunsail 36 class (Skipper)
  • 1st – 2003 Student Yachting Nationals – Offshore, Sunfast 37

Career Highlights

  • Record – Round Britain and Ireleand (<40 ft) WRSSC, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 1st – 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 1st – 2018 Normandy Channel Race, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 3rd – 2017 Transat Jacques Vabre, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 2nd – 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 2nd – 2017 Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 1st – 2017 Normandy Channel Race, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 1st – 2017 Grand Prix Guyader, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • Record – Cowes – Dinard, WRSSC (<60 ft), Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 2nd – 2016 Normandy Channel Race, Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • 3rd – 2016 The Transat bakerly (solo), Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy
  • Record – Length of Britain, Sailing (Dec 2015)
  • 3rd – 2015 Fastnet, Class 40
  • 1st – 2014 Chicago – Mackinac Great Lake Race (double-handed), Seascape 27
  • 2nd – 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race, Level Class (Class 40)
  • 1st – 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race, Level Class (Class 40)
  • 3rd- 2011 Solitaire du Figaro (solo) rookie class, 18th overall, Figaro
  • 1st – 2011 Solo Basse Normandie (solo), Figaro
  • 1st – 2011 Solo La Grande Motte (solo), Figaro
  • 1st – 2010 UK Figaro Nationals (double), Figaro
  • 1st – 2010 London Boat Show Skiff Grand Prix (helm), 49er
  • 5th – 2007 Rolex Fastnet, (Helmsman) Volvo 60
  • 1st – 2006 Route du Rhum (solo, France – Guadeloupe), Class 40
  • 3rd – 2006 Mini Fastnet, (double) Mini 650
  • 4th – 2005 Mini Transat (solo, France – Brazil), Mini 650
  • 24hr Record for 2005 Mini Transat
  • 3rd – 2005 Transgascogne (solo), Mini 650
  • 4th – 2005 Open Demi Cle (double), Mini 650
  • 6th – 2005 Mini Pavois (solo), Mini 650
  • 2nd – 2005 Odysee D’Ulysse (double), Mini 650
  • 1st – 2003 Cowes Week, Sunsail 36 class (Skipper)
  • 1st – 2003 Student Yachting Nationals – Offshore, Sunfast 37

Awards and Records

  • WSSR + Guinness World Record for Round Britain and Ireland record (<40 ft), 2018
  • Class 40 Championship, 2017
  • Class 40 European Trophy, 2017
  • WSSR + Guinness World Record for solo cross-Channel record (<60 ft), 2016
  • Seahorse International Sailor of the Month, Aug 2016
  • Seahorse International Sailor of the Month, Sept 2011
  • Seahorse International Sailor of the Month, Jan 2007
  • Channel Island Sports Personality of the Year 2006
  • BBC Jersey Sports Personality of the Year 2006
  • RCC Seamanship Medal 2006

Facts

Date of Birth: 11 May 1981
Place of Birth: Jersey, Channel Islands
Nationality: British
Education: Imperial College London
Degree: MEng (Hnrs) in Mechanical Engineering
Hobbies: Windsurfing, Triathlon and of course Sailing!
Offshore Class Experience: Class 40, Mini 650, Figaro, Volvo 60/70, IMOCA60
Inshore Class Experience: 49er, F18, Extreme 40, Diam24
Career Highlight: Winning the 2006 Route du Rhum

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