Hydrogen race boat of the future enters final build phase

Construction of the OceansLab IMOCA hull is complete and the boat is now entering the final systems installation phase.

The structural assembly of the deck and hull of the 60-foot foiling OceansLab IMOCA, a third evolution Manuard design, has now completed at Pauger Carbon Composites boatyard. The IMOCA will now be transferred to Black Pepper Yachts in Nantes, to complete the final fit-out, with hydrogen integration specialists Genevos installing the complete energy system.

OceansLab set to compete in the solo transatlantic race, the Retour à La Base, qualifier for the Vendée Globe 2024, which will start from Fort-de-France in Martinique on 26 November.

Phil Sharp, skipper and co-founder, said: “This transatlantic race will be my first ever solo race on an IMOCA, and I am excited to get racing, not only because of the importance of completing the race to qualify for the Vendee Globe, but also the enormous personal challenge of racing a new foiling rocket-ship, that will push me right to my limits.

“We are completely focused on hitting that start line in Martinique with a boat and skipper fully ready to attack this fast-paced transatlantic race, that will no doubt present some tough conditions, especially in the final stretch to the finish line in France.”

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