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2018

Ocean Respect Racing

11th Hour Racing Partnership

Launched for the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Ocean Respect Racing is led by Australian skipper Stacey Jackson. The 13-strong all-female professional crew will embody the team’s name by spreading the message of sustainability throughout the ocean racing community in Australia. The team aims to inspire fellow competitors, event organizers, and supporters to protect the ocean. Sailing on the 66 footer Wild Oats X, owned by the Oatley family, the crew is a serious contender in the race, with a combined experience of 68 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races and 17 Volvo Ocean Races.

A selection of initiatives as part of the team’s mission to promote sustainability include:

  • Everyday single-use plastic items such as water bottles, straws, cutlery, coffee cups, and bags will be avoided by team members, both onshore and offshore.
  • Engage with two local environmental organizations and support their mission with grants funded by 11th Hour Racing.
  • Empower local yacht clubs and Australian Sailing to create or improve sustainability plans, focusing on the need to recycle and reduce single-use plastic consumption.
  • Promote the UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign to grow the momentum of Australia’s recent commitment to the campaign to reduce ocean plastics.

Background

11th Hour Racing is thrilled to continue working with Stacey Jackson, building on the legacy of the Vestas 11th Hour Racing campaign in the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race. Stacey is a keen advocate for ocean health, which she demonstrates daily as a professional sailor and as a business owner. Stacey founded Ocean Respect Racing to engage on the ocean health issues she has witnessed while sailing around the world.

The Sydney to Hobart is a 628-nautical mile yacht race starting in Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day, racing south down the New South Wales coast then across the notorious Bass Strait to the east coast of Tasmania.

“We need to look after what is essentially our home, and our playground.” – Stacey Jackson, Skipper and Founder of Ocean Respect Racing

Stacey Jackson shares her motivation for sailing and sustainability

Header image photo credit: SaltyDingo/Ocean Respect Racing

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