IMOCA Globe Series85th
Points0 pts
Age42 (5/11/81)
Top performance25 podiums in transatlantic and coastal racing, taking victory in two Championships and breaking three World Sailing Speed Records
Joined Imoca on2023


Phil is a professional offshore skipper taking action in the fight against climate change. His projects focus on innovating and demonstrating clean energy solutions such as green hydrogen, to bring maritime emissions down to zero.

To date Phil has achieved over 25 podiums in transatlantic and coastal racing, taking victory in two Championships and breaking three World Sailing Speed Records – uniquely with zero emissions.

Now his mission is clear: to race around the globe in the world’s first hydrogen race yacht.

Co-founder of OceansLab, the campaign has been recognised as a Hydrogen Breakthrough by the Race to Zero due to its unique activity: innovating and showcasing critical renewable energy technologies for a clean maritime industry today.

In 2020 OceansLab launched a Hydrogen Power Module, which has been awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label, the Region Nouvelle Aquitaine Nautical Innovation Trophy, the 2022 Electric and Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year Award, and the Monaco Prize for Innovation in Renewable Hydrogen and Transportation.

Phil is building an IMOCA 60 global ocean racing campaign to take this technology around the world. Key races include the  solo, non-stop Vendée Globe in 2024 and the crewed stop-over Ocean Race starting in 2027.

Phil’s determination to reduce emissions on our oceans has led him to develop the world’s first drop-in solution to power vessels with green hydrogen. The Genevos Hydrogen Power Module has been officially labelled as a solution to ‘change the world’ by the Solar Impulse Foundation.

He will be launching his brand new IMOCA in 2023, with a view to qualifying for the next Vendée Globe. To do this, he has to take the start of the Retour à La Base, between Martinique and Lorient. However, shortly after the start of the delivery trip, the crew suffered damage to the bowsprit, so the IMOCA OceansLab-Cleantech accelerator turned around and headed back to La Rochelle.

Sailing Highlights

2019: Isle of Wight Round the World Record (Class40)
2018: Winner of the Class40 Championship
2018: Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe - 3rd (Class40)
2018: Seventar Round Britain & Ireland Race - Winner (Class40)
2018: Drheam Cup Destination Cotentin - 2nd (Class40)
2018: Les 1000 milles des Sables - 3rd (Class40)
2017: Winner of the Class40 Championship
2017: Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd (Class40)
2017: Rolex Fastnet Race - 2nd (Class40)
2017: Les Sables-Horta-Les Sables - 2nd (Class40)
2017: Normandy Channel Race - Winner (Class40)

2017: Grand prix Guyader - Winner (Class40)
2016: Record of Cowes - Dinard in solo (Class40)
2016: Normandy Channel Race - 2nd (Class40)
2016: Transat Québec-Saint-Malo - 7th (Class40)
2016: English Transat - 3rd (Class40)
2011: Solo Basse-Normandie - Winner (Figaro)
2011: Solo La Grande Motte - Winner (Figaro)
2006: Route du Rhum - Winner (Class40)
2005: Transgacogne - 3rd (Mini 6.50)
2005: Mini Transat 6.50 - 4th (Mini 6.50)


Sail numberGRB 3030
ArchitectSam Manuard
Construction2023, Black Pepper Yachts
Length18,28 m
Draught4,50 m
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWings mat
Sail area max.
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