Technical partnerships & sponsoring
Imerys supports the Energy Challenge project and associates its name to Ocean Racing
Imerys, through its Imerys Graphite & Carbon and Imerys Roofing businesses, has partnered with a unique ocean racing project, the Energy Challenge. This project embodies Imerys’ constant pursuit of excellence in terms of responsible innovation, performance and human adventures, and the Energy Challenge is in alignment with our commitments to both the environment and education.
Sustainable Innovation and Performance
Led by British skipper Phil Sharp, 35 years old, the Energy Challenge is a project centered on innovation and energy efficiency. A self-sufficient, CO2-free energy system will be tested aboard the Class 40 race yacht in some of the world’s toughest offshore events in 2016. Phil aboard Imerys will also attempt to break some world records and to achieve a zero emission non-stop global circumnavigation by sail, uniquely demonstrating the performance advantages of clean technologies. Imerys Graphite & Carbon is working closely with the Energy Challenge project team through the development of lithium-ion batteries. Our colleagues’ expertise is contributing to develop the greenest, high performing and reliable energy system of its generation. In partnership with the Imperial College London, the Energy Futures Lab, and others, additional modules will be created.
An Educational Experience
The project also has an educational dimension. Sailing is an excellent platform to learn the basics of aerodynamics and physics. The Energy Challenge has established workshops enabling young people to explore these subjects, inspiring young learners into technological subjects.
The Transat bakerly: first race and first podium for Imerys
Phil Sharp took possession of the Class 40 race yacht, called Imerys, just three weeks before setting sail in the Transat bakerly, from Plymouth to New York on May 2, 2016. Phil lead the Class 40 fleet for the majority of the race before undertaking a penalty for accidently crossing a no go zone. He received a six-hour penalty. Once the penalty was over he pushed hard and caught up with the leaders. Facing the wind and prevailing currents, the fleet sailed through heavy depressions hitting the waves head-on. After a series of technical issues, Phil shredded his mainsail 5 days before his arrival in New York. A damage that would reveal itself as irreparable and detrimental to his position in 1st place. After 19 days and 31 minutes Phil reached New York in 3rd place, confirming his remarkable skills on an unfamiliar boat and with a seriously damaged mainsail.
Ranking Transat bakerly Plymouth New York 2016
1 - Thibaut Vauchel – Camus SOLIDAIRES EN PELOTON-ARSEP 17j 22h 42 min 56 sec
2 - Louis Duc CARAC 17j 23h 54 min 40 sec
3 - Phil Sharp IMERYS 19j 00h 31 min 05 sec
Aboard Imerys, the British skipper Phil Sharp will set off for the crewed Transat Québec Saint-Malo on July 10. He will then take part in the Cowes Week from August 6 to 13, before ending the ocean racing season with the Normandy Channel Race starting from Caen on September 11.