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The Energy Challenge aims for podium results on zero CO2 © Phil Sharp Racing http://www.philsharpracing.com/
The Energy Challenge aims for podium results on zero CO2 © Phil Sharp Racing http://www.philsharpracing.com/

Class 40 Championship with Grand Prix Guyader

Phil Sharp will be kicking off the 2017 Class 40 Championship with the Grand Prix Guyader, a three day series of coastal regattas off Douarnenez.

This will be a first attempt for the team racing together on Imerys, who are eager to be part of one of the largest and most varied sailing regattas in France. The Grand Prix Guyader is particularly unique gathering sailors from multiple disciplines from Class 40’s to the mythical Dragons for a week of races and speed runs.

In 2016, after just three weeks of season preparation and a series of tired sails that racing soon shredded, Phil came third in the Class 40 Championship. This year he has his sights set firmly on winning and will be aiming for top results in all events including the Grand Prix Guyader.

Phil Sharp will be kicking off the 2017 Class 40 Championship with the Grand Prix Guyader, a three day series of coastal regattas off Douarnenez.

Phil Sharp to kick off Class 40 Championship with Grand Prix Guyader © Lorient Grand Large

Phil Sharp to kick off Class 40 Championship with Grand Prix Guyader © Lorient Grand Large

This will be a first attempt for the team racing together on Imerys, who are eager to be part of one of the largest and most varied sailing regattas in France. The Grand Prix Guyader is particularly unique gathering sailors from multiple disciplines from Class 40’s to the mythical Dragons for a week of races and speed runs.

In 2016, after just three weeks of season preparation and a series of tired sails that racing soon shredded, Phil came third in the Class 40 Championship. This year he has his sights set firmly on winning and will be aiming for top results in all events including the Grand Prix Guyader.

100% clean energy target – the journey to replacing the diesel engine

Through the Energy Challenge project, the team are integrating a customised hydrogen-electric system to replace the current diesel engine.

“This winter we installed a significant amount of solar panels on board, and the goal is to make the whole of the 2017 season in stand-alone mode with zero carbon emissions. Outside of the races, we will begin testing an autonomous hydrogen-electric system as a CO2-free solution in the aim to replace the fossil fuels that currently power the on-board motor propulsion. This is very important for our future!’

The Energy Challenge’s clean development is all part of the long-term objective to compete as a 100% zero CO2 entry in the Vendee Globe 2020, where the focus is on replacing the diesel engine with a clean solution. The team are looking for complementary partners to consolidate this CO2 free Vendee Globe vision.

2017 Class 40 Championship Race Programme
April 29th – May 1st: Grand Prix Guyader
May 14th – May 21st: Normandy Channel Race
July 2nd – July 20th: Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables
6th – 11th August: Rolex Fastnet Race
5th – 30th November 2017: Transat Jacques Vabre

by Phil Sharp Racing

 

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