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Year: 2017, 2016

Location: Bristol, RI

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Mark Towill and Charlie Enright, co-founders of professional sailing team 55 South, know the importance of environmental sustainability and clean oceans, which they promote through the sailing industry and a large audience of sailing enthusiasts.  While focusing on competitive racing towards their goal of entering the next Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), they also stepped up to champion clean oceans and build awareness of the growing issue of marine debris. Check out this space and 55 South social media to follow their journey and the issues and solutions that resonate with them.

2016 Highlights:

  • 55 South completed a comprehensive sustainability assessment of their 2014-15 VOR campaign that will serve as the basis of a sustainability plan for 2017-18
  • Speaking engagements including the 2016 Green Sports Alliance Summit and newportFILM’s screening of A Plastic Ocean*
  • Beach cleanups in hometowns Newport RI, Bristol RI, Honolulu HI and regatta destinations around the world, including the International Coastal Cleanup
  • Partnership with Ocean Conservancy – Co-presentations and collaborative support on the issue of marine debris, including Trash Free Seas, the International Coastal Cleanup, and team 55 South

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 there are improvements to be made and unfinished business to be settled. It’s going to be a tough road back to the start-line filled with training, racing and fundraising. We named the team 55 South to provide us with a daily reminder of Cape Horn, how epic it is and what it takes to get there.  Getting there requires the support of our partners and sponsors and I am excited to have 11th Hour Racing as our title sponsor for 2016. As first hand witnesses of our planet’s marine debris epidemic we feel like we can bring value to an already amazing organization by spreading awareness and helping to source solutions. It was great to start a working relationship with 11th Hour during the Ocean Summit at the [Volvo Ocean Race] Newport Stopover and Mark and I are excited to continue the relationship into the future. ”

Sustainability Policy: 55-south-sustainability-policy-3

*Additional speaking engagements in 2016: Ocean Conservancy ICC Coordinators meeting; Northport Yacht Club VOR presentation, New York, May 10, 2016; Detroit Yacht Club VOR presentation, Detroit MI, April 8, 2016; Eastern Yacht Club VOR presentation, Marblehead MA, April 7, 2016; Barrington Yacht Club VOR presentation, Barrington RI, March 24, 2016; Hanahau’oli School Annual Fundraiser, Honolulu HI, March 4, 2016; Storm Trysail Seamanship Award dinner, American Yacht Club, March 4, 2016; US Sailing Leadership Forum, San Diego, Feb 6, 2016; US Sailing President’s Club dinner, San Diego, Feb 5, 2016; ExplorOcean, Newport Beach, Feb 4, 2016; Norton Yacht Club VOR presentation, Norton CT, Jan 27, 2016

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