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.