11th Hour Racing

– Advancing Winning Practices, One Degree at a Time –


11th Hour Racing, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation, establishes strategic partnerships within the sailing and marine communities to promote collaborative, systemic change for the health of the marine environment.

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The Ambassador Program seeks to positively influence the sailing industry and promote marine stewardship with inspiring leaders in sailing. Ambassadors are top-athletes, forward-thinking stewards of the environment, and passionate about the health of our oceans. They serve as on the ground resources that listen, learn, share knowledge, and offer their expertise to inspire the next generation of sailors.

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11th Hour Racing funds innovative efforts, both within and outside of the sailing industry that systematically improves the health of our oceans and vital resources. Projects with goals of advancing clean technologies, fostering environmental stewardship and addressing ocean pollution are examples of past grantees.

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By embarking on a new model of sport sponsorship, 11th Hour Racing seeks to demonstrate the advantage of embedding sustainability into operations and pilot innovations to achieve greater performance. Sponsorships include high performance, high profile professional sailing teams, series, and class associations.

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Stemming the Tide: Achieving a Plastic-Free Ocean

Plastic is one of the most versatile inventions of our time, but when discarded, uncollected, or mismanaged, plastic rapidly becomes a crisis of immense proportions for our ocean, which is choking on an avalanche of plastic debris. Over the past two years, Ocean Conservancy has taken very concrete steps towards a solution. They have clearly identified the communities…

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Newport Harbor Marina Trash Skimmers

The goal of the Newport Harbor Marina Trash Skimmer Project is to reduce the amount of marine debris in the Newport Harbor, bring awareness to the types of debris and potential sources, and promote environmental stewardship among both residents and tourists.  Marina Trash Skimmers have been used around the U.S. and are a highly effective…

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Rocking the Boat Sailing Program

Rocking the Boat empowers young people from the South Bronx to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them. Students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves. Rocking the Boat’s…

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55 South

55 South, made up of Mark Towill and Charlie Enright, will use their racing as a platform to promote environmental sustainability amongst sailors, clubs and events, and across the marine industry. Co-Founder/Skipper, Charlie Enright, “After the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, both Mark I were proud of many of our accomplishments, but recognized…

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Early starters.  Left to Right: Tom Roberts, Louise Roberts, Bill Kollada, the Hawksworths...Rich, Kaden, Riley

International Coastal Cleanup hits home for Ambassador Dave Rearick

International Coastal Clean-up Day, organized by Ocean Conservancy, September 17, 2016 Cleanup sponsored by Dave Rearick, Ambassador of 11th Hour Racing Town of Dune Acres, IN: Southern Shores of Lake Michigan Hidden away on the Southern Shores of Lake Michigan, an hour’s drive from Chicago, are the Indiana Dunes, a National Lakeshore Park. This wonderful…

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11th Hour Racing Grants $1 Million to Sail Newport’s Campaign for Blue Space

NEWPORT, RI (September 6, 2016)- Sail Newport announced today that 11th Hour Racing has awarded a grant of $1 million to its fundraising Campaign for Blue Space. The funds will be used for a new facility and the expansion of marine educational programming at the non-profit public sailing center. 11th Hour Racing is a Newport-based…

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Water samples being collected along the Hudson River to test for microfiber pollution.


Aboard sailing research vessel American Promise, Rozalia Project’s scientists and innovators are studying microfiber pollution in the Hudson River to support a solution to microfiber pollution -and keep us from eating our fleece!   On the Hudson River, NY (June 28, 2016) – Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, an environmental non-profit working on the issue of…

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Hudson River Community Sailing: Inspiring NYC youth through STEM and Sailing

  Each year, 150 students from nine public high schools in New York City, each with a unique story, participate in Sail Academy, a four-year youth development program at Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS). HRCS students learn to sail, build wooden boats, and receive academic credit through an afterschool program that uses STEM curriculum and…

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