Phil Sharp and OceansLab take 13th place in the most competitive solo offshore race - La Solitaire du Figaro


Colliers International is proud to support green solo skipper Phil Sharp and his OceansLab campaign, which innovates and showcases critical renewable energy technologies for the maritime sector 

OceansLab skipper, Phil Sharp was one of 35 solo skippers to compete in La Solitaire du Figaro, a four-stage event over 1,830 nautical miles. With a total elapsed time of 10 days, 4 hours, and 8 minutes, just 2 hours and 41 minutes behind first place, Phil ranked 13th after the race was drawn to an early close with the cancellation of the final stage due to forecast light winds.

“La Solitaire du Figaro clearly pushes skipper endurance and competitive spirit to the limit, and we applaud Phil on his latest achievement having progressed well with each stage climbing up the ranking," said Tony Horrell, Colliers International CEO UK & Ireland.

Although unable to fight for his original objective of a top-10 result, Phil Sharp leaves the event with unfinished business, but also a great sense of satisfaction.

Commenting Sharp said: “Going head-to-head against some of the world’s best solo sailors who have lived and breathed this circuit for years was always going to be a steep learning curve so I’m very pleased to have finished well into the top half of the fleet.”

Alongside achieving inspiring results in racing this year, OceansLab also made remarkable progress in accelerating zero emissions power on the ocean with the completion of a marinised hydrogen fuel cell prototype.

Tony Horrell added: “Colliers is proud to be a supporter of Phil and the team who combine performance racing with clean innovation of critical renewable energy technologies."

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Charlotte Williams

Director of PR & Communications| UK & EMEA

London - West End

I am an experienced PR & Communications professional, a brilliant communicator with a track record in influencing multiple stakeholders. I am a 'do’er', not a delegator. I see the big picture but I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty and approach projects in a collaborative manner working in cross-functional teams within a matrix Global business. I execute with excellence and care about the teams that I lead.

As Director of PR & Communications in the UK and EMEA I am responsible for:
• Developing and executing internal and external communications strategy for the UK and EMEA business.
• Developing and implementing strategic and tactical communications plans to build the brand and promote key messages across all media - print, broadcast and social
• Advising senior leadership on communications reputation management and developing a media engagement programme that supports key business lines.
• Media evaluation and reporting objectives, targets and successes across the business.
• Leading on the delivery  of strategic communications programmes for all our M&A activity in EMEA


  • Manage the UK in-house PR team
  • Provide strategic direction to the PR teams across EMEA
  • For a year (2013/2014) I was Acting Head of EMEA Marketing & Communications (maternity leave cover)
  • I am a member of the EMEA Marketing Leadership and Global PR & Social teams
  • I lead the EMEA PR Leadership team


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