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 embodied the team’s name by spreading the message of sustainability throughout the ocean racing community in Australia. The team inspired 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 was 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 included:
To view the full Ocean Respect Racing Sustainability Report, click here.
11th Hour Racing sponsored Stacey Jackson and the Ocean Respect Racing, 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 in the ocean health issues she has witnessed while sailing around the world.
The team competed in the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart, 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.
Header image photo credit: SaltyDingo/Ocean Respect Racing