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Announcement of the finalists for the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award

Announcement of the finalists for the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award

by World Sailing Sep 22 23:40 PDT
October 25, 2022

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Four outstanding finalists have been shortlisted for the 2022 World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, representing the full spectrum of global sustainability initiatives in sailing and the maritime industry.


The 2022 nominees are:

The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award celebrates the implementation of high-impact, highly repeatable sustainability initiatives aligned with World Sailing’s 2030 sustainability agenda.

Public voting to help determine a winner will be open from Tuesday 27th September and the winner will be announced at the World Sailing Awards on Tuesday 25th October 2022.

The shortlist was determined by a jury of experts chaired by Alexandra Rickham, Head of Sustainability at World Sailing. The panel also included the most decorated sailor in Olympic history, Hannah Mills, OBE, nine-time world champion and two-time America’s Cup champion Peter Burling MNZM, polar explorer Lungi Mchunu, marine photographer from world renowned Cristina Mittermeier, founder of the Foiling SuMoth Challenge Bruno Giuntoli and Todd McGuire, managing director of 11th Hour Racing, sponsors of the award.

Alexandra Rickham, Head of Sustainability at World Sailing, said: “The quality and variety of submissions impressed the jury, and selecting just four was an incredibly difficult decision. We have chosen remarkable projects covering a wide range of activities throughout sailing, including recycling. programs, educational initiatives and sustainable solutions to issues facing the sport as a whole, which have enormous potential to make sailing more inclusive and responsible.

“We now look forward to opening the vote to the public and sharing these four wonderful projects with a wider audience. “inspire others to make a difference for their event, club or community. I would like to encourage everyone to participate and vote as we all strive to contribute to the involvement of sailing in global sustainability.”

“11th Hour Racing is once again proud to support innovation in the sailing and marine industry as we harness the power of sport to inspire solutions for the ocean, our community and our planet,” said Todd McGuire, general manager of 11th Hour Racing.

“We look forward to feedback from the public as we continue to provide concrete examples that can provide the model for organizations and individuals, both in sailing and in other sports, to consider the possibilities of increasing the sustainability in their field.”

The winner of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award will receive a $10,000 prize to help them continue their sustainability activities, along with an iconic trophy made from recycled carbon fiber.


About the nominees for the 2022 World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award:


The flipflopi project

Based in Kenya, the Flipflopi project is a circular economy movement that successfully built the world’s first sailing dhow from 100% plastic waste and 30,000 washed flip flops. Through innovation in boat building and three sailing expeditions, the Flipflopi project has developed an alternative use of plastic waste and created a compelling communication magnet, attracting media, decision makers and public attention as no other plastic pollution initiative in Africa or the Indian Ocean.

This in turn has inspired the development of hands-on, community-led recycling centers across East Africa, including the establishment of the only plastics recovery and recycling facility in Lamu, Kenya, as well as the a heritage boat building school to design and build sailboats from recycled plastic. with local boat builders based on indigenous dhow building skills.

Flipflopi’s long-term goals are to work with ocean and lake communities to create scalable and sustainable centers for waste management and plastic recycling, as well as research and development of other innovations in boat building made of plastic. plastic – ultimately to create more sailboats that capture the hearts and minds of millions as they sail to raise awareness of the urgent need to combat plastic pollution.

Flipflopi works in logistically challenging areas, including remote island states, and low-income areas around Lake Victoria.


Ecomar Foundation

Over the past 23 years, Fundacion Ecomar has carried out activities through a program in more than a hundred sailing schools and clubs throughout Spain and Portugal. More than 15,000 sailors each year have learned how to reduce waste, sort it correctly to promote circularity and play an active role in preserving the seas and coasts.

The goal is for anyone who enters the sport of sailing to learn to take care of the sea while learning to sail. This is achieved through Ecomar’s program which begins by educating, continues to raise awareness and later calls them to action. Learning through experience from an early age has proven to be the most effective way to embed sustainability in sailors.

Ecomar was founded by Theresa Zabell over 23 years ago after she retired from Olympic sailing after winning two gold medals at the Olympic Games.


EurILCA Sustainability Program

EurILCA is the European region of ILCA and is responsible for organizing the European Championships and other European level ILCA events and coordinating 42 European districts. Since 2020, all of their European Championships – a total of 10 – have been impacted by their program to avoid the use of thousands of plastic stickers and single-use items and they have used their social media platform to raise awareness of ocean pollution.

From 2022, specific sustainability requirements are included in the contract signed between EurILCA and the clubs hosting the events. These initiatives have also inspired clubs that do not organize their events to contact EurILCA and take sustainability initiatives for their local events.

Their work is making sailing more sustainable not only by raising awareness through social media, but also by taking real action and changing the way they run the most popular European Dinghy Championships in the world with hundreds of participants in each event, attracting more than a thousand attendees per year. EurILCA has managed to make a low cost replicable project, applicable and adaptable to all class regattas in all countries.


green boats

For more than 10 years, Greenboats, based in Bremen, Germany, has been a pioneer in the design and manufacture of natural fiber products and components, demonstrating and establishing sustainable alternatives to conventional composite materials. A key milestone was the design, construction and concept testing of the FLAX27 Daysailer, a 27-foot keelboat built almost entirely from organic or recycled materials, i.e. flax fibers, cork, recycled PET and bioepoxy resins.

Regatta victories and miles sailed proved the performance of the FLAX27 against traditional approaches and caught the eye of Vendée Globe sailor and Greta Thunberg associate Boris Herrmann and Team Malizia, leading to a productive partnership and an opportunity to showcase the application of Greenboats materials at the Offshore Boating Summit. Malizia’s new IMOCA, Malizia-Seaexplorer, features 49 Greenboats components made from sustainable materials that successfully compete with their traditional counterparts.

Relying on the latest materials, highly skilled craftsmanship and accurate technical biocomposite data gathered over many years, Greenboats has been able to ensure the durability, durability and competitive mechanical properties of all components. The goal of the project is to show globally that sustainable materials can withstand the harshest marine environments and can ultimately change the footprint of our sport.

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