Vendée Globe2018-09-05T17:07:03+00:00

ZERO CO2 OBJECTIVE

AROUND THE WORLD, NON-STOP, SOLO

ZERO CO2 OBJECTIVE

AROUND THE WORLD, NON-STOP, SOLO

THE FIRST CLEAN HYDROGEN BOAT AROUND THE WORLD

THE NEXT STEP

Phil Sharp: Skipper & Technical Director

“I’ve completed several transatlantic races now, and to race around the world single-handed is the next big challenge that will not only push my personal boundaries, but also my ultimate goal to sail with renewable energy only.

“My quest for clean energy all started in 2005 fresh out of Imperial College London where I studied as a Mechanical Engineer. At 24 I completed my first ever transatlantic race in a Class Mini at just 21 foot long. Out of 84 entries I was the only boat to integrate a solar system and race on zero emissions. I finished in 4th place, and for me, I had more satisfaction out of finishing the race on zero CO2, than the race result itself.”

WORLD FIRST

“Today, still no one has raced around the world with zero reliance on fossil fuels. To achieve this goal we have taken the best of renewable technologies and specialists to integrate a novel hydrogen-electric system that is both reliable and clean.

“Our goal is to address the enormous global problem of air pollution caused by the maritime sector by prototyping vital, scalable clean solutions that can replace fossil fuels.”

“To be the first clean hydrogen vessel around the world, without fossil fuels, would be a very powerful demonstration of reliable, high performance solutions that can accelarate the clean-energy transition on our oceans”

THE NEXT STEP

Phil Sharp: Skipper & Technical Director

“I’ve completed several transatlantic races now, and to race around the world single-handed is the next big challenge that will not only push my personal boundaries, but also my ultimate goal to sail with renewable energy only.

“My quest for clean energy all started in 2005 fresh out of Imperial College London where I studied as a Mechanical Engineer. At 24 I completed my first ever transatlantic race in a Class Mini at just 21 foot long. Out of 84 entries I was the only boat to integrate a solar system and race on zero emissions. I finished in 4th place, and for me, I had more satisfaction out of finishing the race on zero CO2, than the race result itself.”

WORLD FIRST

“Today, still no one has raced around the world with zero reliance on fossil fuels. To achieve this goal we have taken the best of renewable technologies and specialists to integrate a novel hydrogen-electric system that is both reliable and clean.

“Our goal is to address the enormous global problem of air pollution caused by the maritime sector by prototyping vital, scalable clean solutions that can replace fossil fuels.

“To be the first clean hydrogen vessel around the world, without fossil fuels, would be a very powerful demonstration of reliable, high performance solutions that can accelarate the clean-energy transition on our oceans”

THE RACE – WHAT IT TAKES

“As an ocean racer you are not just a sailor, you are an electrician, rigger, sail maker, composites boat builder, IT specialist, navigator, meteorologist, and most of all you’re a personal manager. To finish a race it’s down to you, and you alone. Pushing both yourself and the boat 24/7 and sleeping in no more than 30 minute bursts at any time, half the success is in keeping yourself mentally and physically fit.

“A long race like this is about preparation, agility, problem solving and consistency. Everyday poses a new challenge and it’s about maintaining a positive attitude, treating problems and setbacks as opportunities, whilst avoiding complacency and never giving up.

“Racing around the world is one of the toughest undertakings for any human being. It’s a mammoth adventure which takes you through some of the world’s most hostile and isolated oceans.

“The course routes through the Southern Ocean, where skippers face the powerful winds of the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties. The relentless Southern Ocean depressions consistently stream through one after the other, and 10 metre seas are not uncommon.

“Just to finish a Vendée Globe is a victory in itself, more people have been into space than have sailed solo, non-stop around the world… Personally however, to attempt to win this race on a boat powered by nature alone, with zero reliance on fossil fuels, would be the ultimate pinnacle of my ocean racing career.”

JOIN US

“For our team, we’re in it to win it. Not only do we want to demonstrate the advantages of clean technologies in a high performance boat, but racing out there for close to three months, I personally want to have the opportunity to break the fastest record.

“To me it is the greatest challenge on Earth. Our objective is to build a new boat at the start of 2019 and compete in the November 2020 Vendée Globe. For this we need more support to join our current Class40 partners and work together to make history.”

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JOIN US

“For our team, we’re in it to win it. Not only do we want to demonstrate the advantages of clean technologies in a high performance boat, but racing out there for close to three months, I personally want to have the opportunity to break the fastest record.

“To me it is the greatest challenge on Earth. Our objective is to build a new boat at the start of 2019 and compete in the November 2020 Vendée Globe. For this we need more support to join our current Class40 partners and work together to make history.”

Contact Us

THE RACE

As the only single-handed, non-stop sailing race around the world the Vendée Globe is the ultimate test for professional skippers. With assistance forbidden the skippers must navigate across 25,000 miles of ocean starting and finishing in Vendee, France.

The race takes place every four years with the next edition beginning in November 2020.

HISTORY

The first race of its kind was founded in England in 1968 and called the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Britain’s Robin Knox-Johnston sailing aboard 32 foot Suhaili was the only entrant to complete the race in a time of 312 days, becoming the first person to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world.

This first single-handed, non-stop and without assistance world race eventually led to the founding of the Vendée Globe in 1989.

THE BOAT: IMOCA60

The IMOCA60 is specifically designed to race around the world. At 60 feet the monohulls are among the fastest modern racing boats. To maximise on speed the boats are built using light, but strong composite materials ensuring they can withstand the worst conditions on the open seas.

Over the years developments of the hull-shape have been optimised towards foiling, resulting in a drag reduction of 10-15% over the previous generation of boats. Simulations have estimated the Vendée Globe 2020 boats to be a staggering five days faster around the world.

RECORD TIME

The record time to race around the world non-stop was re-set in 2016 by Armel Le Cléac’h aboard IMCOA60 Banque Populaire VIII with a time of 74 days 3 hours 35 minutes and 46 seconds.

THE RACE

As the only single-handed, non-stop sailing race around the world the Vendée Globe is the ultimate test for professional skippers. With assistance forbidden the skippers must navigate across 25,000 miles of ocean starting and finishing in Vendee, France.

The race takes place every four years with the next edition beginning in November 2020.

HISTORY

The first race of its kind was founded in England in 1968 and called the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Britain’s Robin Knox-Johnston sailing aboard 32 foot Suhaili was the only entrant to complete the race in a time of 312 days, becoming the first person to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world.

This first single-handed, non-stop and without assistance world race eventually led to the founding of the Vendée Globe in 1989.

THE BOAT: IMOCA60

The IMOCA60 is specifically designed to race around the world. At 60 feet the monohulls are among the fastest modern racing boats. To maximise on speed the boats are built using light, but strong composite materials ensuring they can withstand the worst conditions on the open seas.

Over the years developments of the hull-shape have been optimised towards foiling, resulting in a drag reduction of 10-15% over the previous generation of boats. Simulations have estimated the Vendée Globe 2020 boats to be a staggering five days faster around the world.

RECORD TIME

The record time to race around the world non-stop was re-set in 2016 by Armel Le Cléac’h aboard IMCOA60 Banque Populaire VIII with a time of 74 days 3 hours 35 minutes and 46 seconds.

THE RACE

As the only single-handed, non-stop sailing race around the world the Vendée Globe is the ultimate test for professional skippers. With assistance forbidden the skippers must navigate across 25,000 miles of ocean starting and finishing in Vendee, France.

The race takes place every four years with the next edition beginning in November 2020.

HISTORY

The first race of its kind was founded in England in 1968 and called the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Britain’s Robin Knox-Johnston sailing aboard 32 foot Suhaili was the only entrant to complete the race in a time of 312 days, becoming the first person to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world.

This first single-handed, non-stop and without assistance world race eventually led to the founding of the Vendée Globe in 1989.

THE BOAT: IMOCA60

The IMOCA60 is specifically designed to race around the world. At 60 feet the monohulls are among the fastest modern racing boats. To maximise on speed the boats are built using light, but strong composite materials ensuring they can withstand the worst conditions on the open seas.

Over the years developments of the hull-shape have been optimised towards foiling, resulting in a drag reduction of 10-15% over the previous generation of boats. Simulations have estimated the Vendée Globe 2020 boats to be a staggering five days faster around the world.

RECORD TIME

The record time to race around the world non-stop was re-set in 2016 by Armel Le Cléac’h aboard IMCOA60 Banque Populaire VIII with a time of 74 days 3 hours 35 minutes and 46 seconds.

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