11th Hour Racing Team, Imoca Class,

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2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

11th Hour Racing Team

11th Hour Racing is strengthening its commitment to ocean health with the sponsorship of a new sailing team that includes prominent American offshore sailors Charlie Enright (Rhode Island), and Mark Towill (Hawaii). The Team’s sights are set on competing in The Ocean Race in 2021-22 while engaging a broad audience and sailing fans across the globe on the topics of the climate crisis, ocean health, and sustainability. The Team’s first step in its new campaign is the Transat Jacques Vabre starting from Le Havre, France, October 27, 2019.

The team’s campaign, headlined “what’s under the surface connects us,” will highlight how the beauty and discovery of life under the water’s surface can inspire people globally to adopt more sustainable behaviors — emphasizing how the wellbeing of our ocean is critical to our own wellbeing and informing people about the impacts of climate change on the ocean.

#OCEANHOUR

The ocean connects us all — from giving us the very basic necessities we need to live, to providing an avenue for cultures to interact. We only thrive if our oceans thrive, but human impact — from the climate crisis to plastic pollution to the decline in biodiversity — has driven the planet to a critical moment in time. The clock is ticking. This is the #oceanhour.

Sustainability will be at the core of all Team operations, inspiring positive action among sailing and coastal communities, and global sports fans to create long-lasting change for ocean health. The Team will accelerate change through sporting excellence in sailing, ocean advocacy, and sustainable innovation.

Driven by its vision of vibrant, healthy oceans and communities, supported and inspired by the sport of sailing, the 11th Hour Racing Team will focus on the following four principles to guide its mission:

  • Be leaders, advocating for ocean health, climate action and sustainability with the industry, communities and fan base. 
  • Develop innovative solutions to responsibly manage resources, applying circular economy principles to material needs, as well as reducing water and climate footprints, and becoming water neutral and climate positive.
  • Collaborate with partners to create sustainable solutions, minimizing the environmental footprint across spheres of influence, including going zero waste and implementing a ban on single-use plastics.
  • Leave a lasting legacy by inspiring others to make changes — one degree at a time — including a community outreach program, internships and grant-giving.

Background

11th Hour Racing Team was formed in September 2019 and is led and co-skippered by American offshore sailors Charlie Enright and Mark Towill. Supported by title sponsor 11th Hour Racing, the team’s mission is to win The Ocean Race 2021-22 with sustainability at the core of all operations, inspiring positive action among sailing and coastal communities, and global sports fans to create long-lasting change for ocean health. Co-Skippers Towill and Enright, who have competed in the two previous editions of The Ocean Race are currently training out of Port-La-Forêt in Brittany, France.

“The ocean connects us all, from giving us the very basic necessities for life to regulating the global climate, to providing an avenue for cultures to interact. We only thrive if our oceans thrive — this will be our guiding mantra at the forefront of our decision-making process.” — Charlie Enright, 11th Hour Racing Team

Charlie Enright, 11th Hour Racing Team, Imoca 60, sailing
Mark Towill, 11th Hour Racing Team, Imoca 60, sailing

“We hope to inspire many people on this journey to lessen our collective impact on the environment by making small adjustments in our lives — because, with each day, we are racing together against time. This is the ocean hour.”  — Mark Towill, 11th Hour Racing Team

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