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Vestas 11th Hour Racing

11th Hour Racing Partnership

Joining forces for the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race, Vestas and 11th Hour Racing are aiming for exemplary results – both on the water and for the planet. The team has set the goal to be the most environmentally sustainable team to have ever competed in the Volvo Ocean Race.

A selection of initiatives through this partnership, aligned with the team’s robust sustainability strategy, include:

  • Following an internal Environmental Purchasing Plan for food and team operations that puts environmentally conscious and local foods at the forefront, along with materials used for base operations.
  • Reducing carbon footprint through a range of initiatives including biking, public transit and ‘Meatless Mondays’. All travel will be tracked to calculate the team’s carbon footprint as they travel the globe – and they will work to offset their footprint.
  • Responsibly managing waste, water (consumption and quality) and energy (efficiency and renewable). The team will also be monitoring impact and reporting progress against sustainability targets.


Charlie Enright and Mark Towill came away from the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race with an important message and an inspired mission:

“As sailors, we have a direct connection to the ocean. It’s our office, our playground, and our livelihood; ultimately we are responsible for taking care of it. Circumnavigating the globe opened our eyes to the tremendous amount of pollution that exists and has motivated us to do something about it.”

Under their leadership, Vestas 11th Hour Racing sets out to participate in the most grueling race on earth, sailing to the most remote places on earth, while bearing witness to global change and sharing the import message of protecting and restoring our oceans.

The team is intent on winning on and off the water; promoting renewable energy and ocean health, with a particular focus on reducing marine debris, and implementing a comprehensive sustainability plan for the sailing team.

Leading Sustainability

The Vestas 11th Hour Racing team set out to lead sustainability – with a plan that reaches all aspects of the team, both onshore and off. The infographic (mid-way report) and images below are a snapshot of the teams work.



Over 99,000 people

visited the team’s Exploration Zone – a dedicated educational space with interactive displays focused on wind and water. Visitors explored the power of wind as a renewable energy source, learned about researching the deep seas, stopping micro-fibers pollution, and the concepts of creating a circular economy.


Leading Sustainability – Vestas 11th Hour Racing Summary

Mark Towill on protecting the ocean

Charlie Enright shares how sustainability impacted his family

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