Vestas 11th Hour Racing has issued the team’sSustainability Report, detailing the efforts throughout the one-year campaign that made them the most sustainable team to ever compete in the Volvo Ocean Race. The 33-page report dives deeply into their strategy and plan, giving insights into how they tracked and offset their carbon footprint while offering practical ideas and tools to inspire other sailors, teams, and event organizers.
“In the face of incredible adversity throughout their year-long journey, Vestas 11th Hour Racing set the bar for other Volvo Ocean Race teams to follow: competitive on the water, leading the way along the path of sustainability and leaving each host city a little better than when they arrived. Charlie, Mark and the rest of the team developed and implemented several tools which are being adopted by their peers and other sailors around the world. Building off of this partnership together, we are creating a network of educated sports fans around the world who bring their local solutions to global challenges facing the health of our waters.” – Jeremy Pochman, Co-Founder and Strategic Director, 11th Hour Racing.
Highlights of the report include:
Thorough tracking and reporting of the team’s carbon footprint, which was compensated for with a blue carbon program that restores ocean health.
A full understanding of the team’s waste footprint including the rig lost at sea during the Southern Ocean dismasting, and trash removed by the team at beach cleanups worldwide.
The benefits of using a Life Cycle Assessment tool to understand the environmental impact of boat repairs.
dock, the team base, and The analysis of the team’s onshore water footprint, tracking usage at the team workshop.
The 48th edition of the Youth Sailing World Championships will see 382 sailors from 66 nations racing in 265 boats across nine disciplines. Corpus Christi, Texas, USA is hosting the 2018 Youth Worlds from 14-21 July 2018.
REWARDS OF $10,000 WILL BE OFFERED to organisations or individuals in sailing who are undertaking innovative, impactful and replicable sustainability projects.
World Sailing will allocate the funding in order to sustain the chosen projects over the next three years.
Working with sustainability specialists, 11th Hour Racing, the governing body is inviting applications and nominations for the prize money and the Sustainability Award trophy (made from recycled carbon fibre and bioresin), which will be presented at the World Sailing Award 2018 in Florida on 30 October.
Any person or organisation connected with sailing – such as National Federations, clubs, event organisers or sailors – can apply or be nominated, as long as their project was developed after November 2017.
However, to be considered the projects must comply with a number of eligibility criteria. They are required to demonstrate meaningful impact, be innovative and replicable, and align with the key objectives outlined in World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030 strategy (see below).
During the application process, applicants will be asked to explain their project in the context of leadership and vision, engagement, commitment and delivery, future plans, as well demonstrating how it raises industry standards and knowledge-sharing opportunities.
Dan Reading, World Sailing’s sustainability programme manager, will be part of the judging panel that chooses the winners. He will be joined by a representative from 11th Hour Racing and members of the World Sailing Sustainability Commission: Mike Golding OBE (chair), Mark Orams, Jill Savery, Will Oxley, Stratis Andreadis, James Blake, Emily Penn and Stephanie Draper.
When Vestas 11th Hour Racing set off to race around the world, they also set off on a mission to be the most sustainable team to ever compete in the Volvo Ocean Race, backed by the support of their two co-title partners Vestas and 11th Hour Racing. ‘Leading Sustainability,’ the team’s summary video of their efforts to accomplish this goal, reveals what it takes to incorporate sustainability into every aspect of a professional sports team, how this shared mission brought the team together, and how they addressed sustainability in the face of adversity.
Some key sustainability accomplishments of Vestas 11th Hour Racing in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race:
The team calculated and offset their carbon footprint of 1218 tonnes of CO2 emitted. The offset will be carried out through Seagrass Grow, a program of the Ocean Foundation. It is estimated that seagrass is up to 35x more effective than Amazonian rainforests in their carbon uptake and storage abilities. Vestas 11th Hour Racing is the first Volvo Ocean Race team to track and offset their carbon footprint.
Through their legacy project with 11th Hour Racing, the team awarded $120,000 in grant funding to local environmental organizations ($10,000 at each stopover) to support and raise awareness to the incredible efforts happening worldwide to restore ocean health. (See Route Map below with names of organizations.)
By adopting Meatless Mondays, the team reduced their carbon footprint by 2.72 tonnes and prevented the use of 671,000 liters of water. These actions not only helped the team reduce their water usage and carbon footprint, but it helped them raise awareness of this global movement. In fact, if you eat just one less burger per week, over the course of a year, it’s the same as driving 320 miles less in your car.
92% of the team’s accommodations were within walking, biking, or public transport distance from the race villages. This careful planning enabled the team to reduce their reliance on cars and taxis as well as their overall carbon footprint.
99,300 people visited the public Exploration Zone in the team base, learning about renewable energy, ocean science, the circular economy, and microplastic pollution. Additionally, over 550,000 people viewed the team’s sustainability-focused videos on social media
The team was able to achieve a 74% diversion rate (62% recycling 13% composting) meaning that only 26% of their waste went to the landfill. By comparison, according to the World Economic Forum, Germany has the highest recycling rate in the world at 56%.
The team removed 212 kilos of trash from beaches. Combined with the 2.1 tons of abandoned fishing gear that will be removed from the ocean by 11th Hour Racing’s grantee Healthy Seas, the team will compensate for the waste they sent to landfill, and for the rig and sails lost overboard during their dismasting in the Southern Ocean.
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