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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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