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The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award renewed until 2024

The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award renewed until 2024

by World Sailing Jun 24, 2021 04:50 UTC

Starboard won the award in 2020 © World Sailing

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World Sailing is pleased to announce a four-year partnership extension with 11th Hour Racing for title sponsorship of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award.

The award is the highest recognition of achievement in marine sustainability. First awarded in 2018, it celebrates the effective execution or continued implementation of high-impact, highly repeatable sustainability initiatives aligned with World Sailing’s 2030 sustainability agenda.

Winners receive an iconic trophy, made from recycled carbon fiber from an America’s Cup boat and infused with bio-resin, and a $10,000 prize, to help them continue their development activities sustainable.

The 2021 Sustainability Award will open for nominations on July 9, 2021. The winner will be announced at the 2021 World Sailing Awards, a celebration of the sport that sees the awarding of the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, from the team of the year and boat of the year.

The Corpus Christi Yacht Club (CCYC) won the inaugural award in 2018 following the success of the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships, and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA)/The Green Blue won the accolade in 2019.

In 2020, public voting was introduced to engage the international sailing community. With 10,000 votes received, Starboard won the award for its overall sustainability initiatives, including recovering 1.1 kg of plastic for every board produced through its plastic offset program.

The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award attracted over 100 high quality entries from around the world who showcased sustainability initiatives in the sport – ranging from individual sailors to sailing clubs, events, classes, federations and to the maritime industry at large.

David Graham, Managing Director of World Sailing, said: “11th Hour Racing shares our commitment to sustainability and safeguarding the oceans and waterways on which our sport depends. They have long celebrated and supported sustainability initiatives and the extension of today’s partnership. shows it in action.

“We deeply appreciate 11th Hour Racing’s dedication to World Sailing and our sport in general. They are committed and focused on what we as a marine community need to do and are strong advocates for sustainability in sailing. ”

Dan Reading, Head of Sustainability at World Sailing, said: “I am delighted that 11th Hour Racing has extended its sponsorship of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award. Since its inception, we have seen some great examples of sustainable initiatives at from technological solutions, events and individuals.

“Having the opportunity to promote the winners to our audience and give them the recognition they deserve, as well as providing them with a grant to continue their work, is amazing. I always look forward to reviewing the nominations as they are hugely inspiring and show how, as a sport, we can collectively act in many ways to be more sustainable.”

“This award was created to encourage the sailing community to deepen its sustainability efforts through collaboration and innovation. Building on this momentum, we are proud to continue to sponsor the award for another four years. past three years have introduced an exciting group of initiatives working on the broader concept of sustainability in sport, and we look forward to meeting the next set of innovators later this year,” said Jeremy Pochman, co-founder and CEO of 11th Hour Racing.


Previous winners


2020 – Starboard

Starboard won the 2020 trophy for its sustainability initiatives, including the Plastic Offset program, which involves the recovery of 1.1 kg of plastic for each board produced. Starboard also offers an educational program for children in stand-up paddling and has reduced its own carbon emissions. They also offset the unavoidable carbon emissions of each board made by planting mangrove trees to absorb 10 times the emissions.


2019 – Royal Yachting Association (RYA) / Blue Green

Royal Yachting Association (RYA) / The Green Blue won the award for its efforts to empower yachtsmen across the UK to take action for sustainability by providing training and clear advice on key issues to more 1,500 sailing clubs and 1,500 sailing training centres.


2018 – Corpus Christi Yacht Club (CCYC)

The Corpus Christi Yacht Club (CCYC) won the inaugural award in 2018 following the success of the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships. Driven by the dedication of CCYC’s volunteer Green Team, the Youth World Championships was the premier sailing world championship focused on ocean conservation and sustainability.

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