About Us

From plastic pollution to climate change to the environmental impacts of our sport, our ocean is threatened. The clock is ticking. 11th Hour Racing works within the sailing, maritime, and coastal communities to advance solutions and practices that protect and restore the health of our ocean. Inspired by and furthering the mission of The Schmidt Family Foundation, 11th Hour Racing embraces sponsorships, grantees, and ambassadors who integrate sustainability into their values and operations while educating, innovating, and inspiring people with the critical message of ocean stewardship.

We believe fostering environmentally sustainable practices on and off the water is critical to restoring our ocean and its vital resources. As one steers a boat with a gentle, steady hand, 11th Hour Racing strives to advance winning environment and performance practices one degree at a time.

11th Hour Racing is part of the family of philanthropic organizations and initiatives started by Eric and Wendy Schmidt to make the world a better place for everyone. This includes Schmidt Futures, Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, Schmidt Ocean Institute, The 11th Hour Project, The Schmidt Family Foundation, and Remain Nantucket.

The Power of Sport


We recognize the unique platform offered by the professional sailing community to promote sustainability, and as a partner, we encourage environmental leadership and the use of best practices to spread the message of ocean stewardship. Our partnerships include carbon-neutral and environmentally responsible sailing races, individuals working to grow environmentally responsible sailing technologies, teams committed to clean racing, and more.


11th Hour Racing funds innovative efforts, both inside and outside of the sailing industry, that systematically improve the health of our oceans and preserve its vital resources. Projects with goals of advancing clean technologies, fostering environmental stewardship amongst youth audiences, and promoting ocean literacy are examples of past grantees.


Our Ambassador Program seeks to inspire the sailing industry and promote marine stewardship through engagement and leadership from sailing’s top athletes. Our Ambassadors are forward-thinking stewards of the environment, passionate about improving the health of our oceans and creating positive change in the marine industry. They serve as on the ground resources that raise awareness for 11th Hour Racing’s mission to improve the health of the marine environment.

Our Founders

Our Team

Our team includes individuals with varied backgrounds, personal interests, and professional skills. From our Newport, RI office and from our many off-site traveling locations, we collaborate on one common core objective: to promote the mission of 11th Hour Racing and to develop and implement its strategy and projects.

To get in touch with our team, please contact info@11thhourracing.org