OceansLab aims to compete at the forefront of ocean racing with a zero emissions entry in a major around-the-world race

Pushing human and technological boundaries


Innovating for a clean maritime future

Developments in the Lab have enabled the team to make zero emissions history with three World Sailing Speed Records (resulting in three Guinness World Records) and victory in two Class 40 World Championships, in European and transatlantic racing.

Now it’s time to take the clean-marine technology innovations to the next level and race around the world with hydrogen.

OceansLab Clean-Tech Spin-off Genevos - Credit Gilles Delacuvellerie

Unifying a consortium of specialists


Across the globe

OceansLab clean-tech spin-off company Genevos are collaborating with innovation and development partners to prototype a clean-hydrogen-electric energy system. Uniquely, the system is one of the first globally to be integrated for a maritime environment. The modular system has been designed for application across all vessels from leisure boating to commercial shipping, providing a solution to decarbonise the maritime sector.

Did you know that over 90% of goods are transported across the world’s oceans by more than 90,000 vessels…

The First


Non-stop around-the-world on hydrogen

The hydrogen system is set to be demonstrated in around-the-world races including The Ocean Race (previously Volvo Ocean Race) and the Vendée Globe to provide a powerful showcase of the reliability and durability of renewable energy.

The team will compete at the cutting edge of ocean racing aboard an IMOCA 60, the world’s fastest offshore monohull.

Phil Sharp / Credit Paul Wyeth Photography

Our Identity

To pioneer clean technologies in the toughest ocean races

  • Self-Awareness and Self-Management – The root to success
  • Resilience – Recovering from adversity
  • Adaptability – Agile response to change
  • Leadership – Uniting through team decision making
  • Sustainable Innovation – Accelerating positive change


Multiple World Champion
World Record Breaker
100% Performance
0% Emissions


Meet Our Team

Phil Sharp
Phil SharpSkipper & CTO │ Co-founder
Phil is a world leading professional skipper with considerable successes as a multiple World Champion and Guinness World Record holder. As a masters graduate from Imperial College London in Mechanical Engineering, Phil specialises in composite design and clean-tech innovations. Combining his skills for engineering and sailing, Phil’s ambition is to innovate and showcase globally the benefits of sustainable technologies through cutting edge ocean racing by competing in the IMOCA 60 round-world championship.
Rebecca Sharp DipM MCIM CMktr
Rebecca Sharp DipM MCIM CMktrMarketing & Communications │ Co-founder
A Chartered Marketer with many years of managerial experience in sports sponsorship to include brand development, communications, and partnership growth from commercial agreements to rights-holder management and activation. Previously Rebecca practiced both communication and leadership as a Business Studies A-Level teacher, and volunteer as an Advanced Jungle Expedition Leader.
Jean-Luc Cialdini
Jean-Luc Cialdini Business Development
Jean-Luc is a global professional who has led teams in technical sales, marketing and strategic procurement for the last 26 years. Throughout his international career he has acquired deep knowledge of energy storage for e-mobility, composite reinforcement and polymers. He is passionate about changing team mindsets, sustainability and values the importance of protecting the oceans for any company.
Professor Nigel Brandon OBE, FREng
Professor Nigel Brandon OBE, FREngTechnical Advisor
Nigel is Dean of Engineering at Imperial College, Director of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supergen Hub, and Co-Directors at both Energy Super Store Hub and the Sustainable Gas Institute. He is a specialist in hydrogen fuel cell technology and continues to be an invaluable asset to Oceans Lab clean energy innovations.
Lilian Dieucho
Lilian DieuchoElectrical Engineer
As a graduate of Polytech Sorbonne, Paris, Lilian specializes in electronics and industrial IT. He brings experience in design, validation and installation of electronic systems to energy management, systems architecture and testing of the OceansLab Hydrogen clean energy system prototype. Lilian is motivated to apply his skills to better understand and innovate alternative technologies that can directly respond to today’s energy issues.
Timothée Le Mauff
Timothée Le MauffMechanical Engineer (Student Placement)
Timothée is an undergraduate at EIGSI engineering university of La Rochelle. He joins OceansLab to complete his industry placement working on the mechanical design of the fuel cell power integration. Timothée is passionate by the development of clean technology solutions that can protect the environment and our oceans.
Will Carnegie
Will Carnegie Corporate Speaking Mentor
At just 27 years old Will Carnegie led a team of 17 amateur sailors around the world, competing in the only yacht race to circumnavigate against the prevailing winds and currents, the BT Global Challenge. Will specialises in internal team building and management leadership development.
Jure Jerman
Jure Jerman Meteorologist Mentor
A meteorologist since 1994, Jure is Head of the Numerical Modeling Group at the Slovenian Meteorological Office and acts as a weather advisor for many high class races including Volvo Ocean Race, Mini Transat, Fastnet, The Transat, and the Normandy Channel Race. Racing since 1989 Jure is an experience sailor and has crewed for the Slovene National Sailing Team through several World and European Championships.
Hugues Jacquemin
Hugues JacqueminAdvisor
Experienced CEO who started his career as an engineer developing software for process automation. Hugues has successfully grown businesses rapidly with innovative strategies in a wide variety of industries, including materials, energy and marine sectors, bringing valuable experience to OceansLab having being involved from the start of the Imerys sponsorship in 2016.
Pierre Horsfall CBE
Pierre Horsfall CBEAdvisor
Pierre spent his early career as an Aeronautical Engineer on the early Concorde Development programme, after which he held senior posts in Jersey’s Parliament for 27 years. As Chairman of the fund raising and organising committee, he led a Jersey entry in the Clipper Ventures round the world race to a highly successful 1st and 2nd place.
Gordon Burgis
Gordon BurgisAdvisor
Gordon has won Channel Islands, British and European Championships in both surfing and sailing, also representing Britain at European and World events in these disciplines. He has played a prominent part in successfully staging major European sailing events in Jersey, including developing Hobie racing into one of the largest and most active fleets in Europe. Gordon’s significant contributions have been recognised with the Jersey Sport Lifetime Achievement Award.

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