Competitive offshore solo sailor Phil Sharp skippers the Colliers-sponsored Class40 entry aboard race boat ‘Imerys Clean Energy’, in one of ocean racing’s most prestigious and highly-anticipated sailing races
The Route du Rhum is a transatlantic single-handed offshore sailing race, which takes place every four years and tracks a course between Brittany, France, and Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. In the 2018 edition, 124 boats will compete across six different Classes. ‘Energy Challenge’, skippered by Phil Sharp, is competing in Class40 – the event’s largest category – against 52 other boats.
For all the teams due to compete in the upcoming 3,542-mile adventure – which begins on November 4 2018 – the Route du Rhum is a true test of mental and physical endurance.
John Knowles, Head of UK National Capital Markets at Colliers said: “The Route du Rhum promotes courage, innovation, commitment and solidarity. Colliers is proud to be supporting Phil Sharp and the ambitious, dynamic ‘Energy Challenge’. The ideals and spirit of Phil and the team align with Colliers’ own values, and we wish them the best of luck in the upcoming race.”
Phil Sharp, Skipper and technical director of ‘Energy Challenge’ said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Colliers aboard as a corporate partner of the Energy Challenge. Their support comes at an important time to help us prepare and deliver our performance and sustainability objectives for this Championship Grand Slam. Colliers International is a forward looking and globally successful company, which complements our mission to demonstrate vital maritime clean energy technologies for the health of our planet.”
Most of the world’s top sailors will compete in the Route du Rhum, with many entering the Class40 category; as a single-handed race, success will come down to how well the skippers manage themselves and their boat.
Phil Sharp will compete in a Class40 ‘Mach 2’, the race’s only carbon-neutral boat. “Ocean racing is about pushing human and technological boundaries in a race to win, but there is a much more important race at stake: a race to save the oceans,” says Sharp. “We have technologies that can make significant contributions to reducing emissions, but early demonstration and adoption is vital to meet climate change targets and address the health of our oceans before it is too late.”