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Jersey sailor sets out new mission to 'clean up' in ocean racing

Sharp has plans for one more Class40 event before stepping up to IMOCA 60 racing. Credit: Olivier Blanchet Photographie

Jersey sailor Phil Sharp has announced a new four-year campaign which would see him compete in the Vendee Globe round-the-world race in 2024.

The 38-year-old, who won back-to-back Class 40 championships in 2018 and 2019, plans to develop a new boat to compete in the IMOCA Globe Series, culminating in the prestigious event.

His hope is to create a boat to challenge for honours in the world's biggest yacht races, but also demonstrate zero-carbon fuel technologies in the process.

The planned state-of-the-art vessel, featuring the latest foiling design and clean energy technology, would replace his current Class 40 - now called OceansLab - which will be run for the final time in the The Transat next year.

Sharp sealed his second Class 40 championship victory with third in last year's transatlantic Route du Rhum. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Ultimately I am sailing with the aim to win races but also to prove that we can win on zero emissions and with the latest technologies. On board OceansLab I will be pushing my boat hard to win, but also demonstrating renewable energy solutions to replace fossil fuel power on the ocean. The races I will be competing in will test the performance and durability of this technology in the toughest environment on earth. I’m really pleased with the progress we’ve made over the last few years in Class 40 and I feel like I’ve still got a huge amount to offer. The IMOCA 60s are waiting for me and I know I can apply a lot of what I’ve learnt over the last few years to IMOCA sailing and continue learning and developing my ocean racing.

– Phil Sharp, skipper, OceansLab
  • Watch Tony Curr's report from the start of the 2018 Route du Rhum in Saint-Malo

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