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All-Female Professional Crew Announces Campaign for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

By 11th Hour Racing

Crew members and the team ambassador gather in front of Wild Oats X in Sydney earlier this morning. From left to right: Jade Cole, Vanessa Dudley, Faraday Brooke Martin, Stacey Jackson, Honorable Julie Bishop, Katie Spithill, and Sue Cafer. Photo credit: Salty Dingo/Ocean Respect Racing

Crew members and the team ambassador gather in front of Wild Oats X in Sydney earlier this morning. From left to right: Jade Cole, Vanessa Dudley, Faraday Brooke Martin, Stacey Jackson, Honorable Julie Bishop, Katie Spithill, and Sue Cafer. Photo credit: Salty Dingo/Ocean Respect Racing

Team Ocean Respect Racing, led by Stacey Jackson, to raise awareness of ocean health issues in Australia, supported by 11th Hour Racing.

21 NOVEMBER 2018 (Sydney, Australia) – In a bid to encourage stronger female representation in Australian sailing, and to promote ocean health and sustainability, the first all-female professional crew to enter the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has announced its campaign to win the coveted Tattersall Cup in Hobart.

The 13-strong crew, led by Skipper Stacey Jackson, will race under the team name Ocean Respect Racing, in partnership with 11th Hour Racing, an organization that promotes sustainability through sport. The team name expresses the message this outstanding group of sailors will spread throughout the sailing community in Australia, inspiring fellow competitors, event organizers, and supporters to protect the ocean. Sailing on the 66 footer Wild Oats X, the crew is a serious contender in the race, with a combined experience of 68 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races and 17 Volvo Ocean Races.

Stacey Jackson, Skipper and Founder of Ocean Respect Racing noted:
“Sailing with a fully professional, all-female crew to Hobart is a wonderful opportunity and we are proud to build on the work of non-professional female crews who have previously raced. We are excited to promote and encourage women in the sport and engage with the Australian public on ocean health issues that are affecting us daily, both locally and globally. We are working with environmental organizations, as well as local yacht clubs, to further educate ourselves, be proactive in mitigating our impact on the ocean, and inspire our fans and communities to become ocean stewards.”

Read the full article here.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing Publishes Sustainability Report

By Vestas 11th Hour Racing

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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.

Read the full report here.

Innovative, Impactful and Replicable Sustainability Projects Encouraged to Apply for World Sailing Funding

The governing body reignites its 11th Hour Racing partnership to support eligible projects for three years with $10,000 worth of prize money.
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.

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.

The deadline for applications is 8 October 2018.

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.

Read the full article here.

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