Phil Sharp sets IoW record in eco bid

Phil Sharp is raising awareness of the need for clean energy Photo: Paul Wyeth Photography Phil Sharp is raising awareness of the need for clean energy Photo: Paul Wyeth Photography

Phil Sharp has set a new record for sailing around the Isle of Wight aboard his Class 40 race boat in a bid to raise awareness of the need for clean energy in the maritime sector.

"Today’s record was about raising awareness for the need to accelerate clean energy innovation in the maritime sector," said Phil. "OceansLab is a platform demonstrating vital and scalable clean technologies like solar, battery, electric and fuel cell systems that can be embraced to decarbonise the sector.

"Industry targets need to be accelerated to better fall in line with climate change targets. We need to start introducing these technologies and replace fossil fuel systems in order to reduce harmful air pollutants. Inshore and commuting ferries would be a good start and where levels of air pollution such as in Southampton are too high and hazardous to the health of local communities."

Once ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, Phil's time of five hours, five minutes and four seconds averages 9.8 knots and breaks the previous record for the circumnavigation of the island in a single-handed monohull of up to 40ft of six hours, 29 minutes and 32 seconds set in 2017 by Alex Alley.

This latest record adds to his previous two - the crewed Around Great Britain and Ireland and the single-handed Cowes-Dinard.

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