Phil Sharp OceansLab - Cleantech Accelerator

Phil Sharp

1st Participation


42 years old

La Rochelle

Phil Sharp is a professional offshore skipper and cleantech innovator taking action in the fight against climate change. His project OceansLab, focuses on developing 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.



Isle of Wight Round the World Record (Class40)


Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe - 3rd (Class40)
Seventar Round Britain & Ireland Race - Winner (Class40) Drheam Cup - 2nd (Class40) Les 1000 milles des Sables - 3rd (Class40)


1st of the Class40 Championship Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd (Class40) Rolex Fastnet Race - 2nd (Class40) Les Sables-Horta-Les Sables - 2nd (Class40) Normandy Channel Race - 1st (Class40) Grand prix Guyader - 1st (Class40)


Record of Cowes - Dinard in solo (Class40) Normandy Channel Race - 2nd (Class40) Transat Québec-Saint-Malo - 7th (Class40) English Transat - 3rd (Class40)


Solo Basse-Normandie - 1st (Figaro) Solo La Grande Motte - 1st (Figaro)


Route du Rhum - 1st (Class40)


Transgacogne - 3rd (Mini 6.50) Mini Transat 6.50 - 4th (Mini 6.50)

OceansLab - Cleantech Accelerator

OceansLab - Cleantech Accelerator

  • Architect: Sam Manuard
  • Construction: 2023, Black Pepper Yachts
  • Launch Date: 01 September 2023
  • Length: 18,28 m
  • Draught: 4,5 m
  • Mast height: 29 m

OceansLab - Cleantech Accelerator

The OceansLab - Cleantech Accelerator structure offers a range of unique partnership opportunities enabling companies to act as clean energy accelerators, by supporting the world’s first hydrogen-electric race yacht.

The project aims to align with like-minded organisations that not only share a spirit of adventure, but are also working towards delivering a zero emissions infrastructure that will highlight the importance of clean technologies, both in the marine and wider environments.


Clean innovation & eduction

Clean innovation: Phil developed the world’s first drop-in Hydrogen Power Module, which has been officially labelled as a solution to ‘change the world’ by the Solar Impulse Foundation.

Education: Phil is a co-author for the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, and acts as a mentor for students at Imperial College London and EIGSI University.