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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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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Award Winning New York Times Investigative Journalist, Ian Urbina, Set to Be Keynote Speaker; Ocean Conservancy Senior Policy Advisor, Dr. Sandra Whitehouse, to Provide Opening Remarks NEW YORK and NEWPORT, R.I. (April 7, 2016) – With just under two months until the start of the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, Manuka Sports Event…

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2016 Request for Proposals

11th Hour Racing is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for projects that improve the health of our waters and address the dynamic challenges facing the sailing and marine communities. 11th Hour Racing’s vision is for healthy, vibrant coastal communities that value and sustainably manage marine resources. 11th Hour Racing is requesting proposals that advance one…

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52 SUPER SERIES & 11th Hour Racing extend partnership through to 2017!

(April 1st, 2016, Valencia) – The successful partnership first forged in 2015 between 52 SUPER SERIES and 11th Hour Racing will continue through the next two seasons of the world’s leading grand prix monohull racing circuit. During 2016 and 2017 many new sustainable initiatives will be rolled out at each of the 52 SUPER SERIES…

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