Phil Sharp, Skipper and Technical Director of "Energy Challenge" 

Following the recent acquisition of Asset Leverage Consultants (ALC) by Colliers International in September 2018, Colliers is proud to confirm that it will honour ALC’s commitment to sponsor ‘Energy Challenge’, starting with the upcoming Route du Rhum 2018.


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.




About Colliers

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About ‘Energy Challenge’  


Energy Challenge’ is a high performance ocean racing project centred on clean innovation and energy efficiency, striving for victory in some of the world’s toughest offshore events whilst uniquely demonstrating the performance advantages of clean technologies.


The Energy Challenge is an innovations accelerator, developing a practical solution for zero emissions power in marine. Capitalising on the latest innovations in renewable energy and hydrogen fuel cell technology the clean energy system eliminates the use of fossil fuels and provides a lighter solution with higher energy security and reliability than conventional diesel systems.   


About Phil Sharp: Skipper and Technical Director


One of the most competitive offshore skippers today. Winner of both the Class40 Championship and two-times winner of the European Trophy, Phil also holds the single-handed World Speed Sailing Monohull Record for the Channel, in addition to the crewed record for Round Britain and Ireland. Looking ahead his team are building a campaign towards the Vendée Globe 2020 aiming to be the first hydrogen vessel around the world.


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