2018 – 2024
World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award
In 2018, World Sailing and 11th Hour Racing joined forces to create the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award. The award celebrates the effective execution or ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly replicable sustainability initiatives aligned with the World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030. National Federations, sailing clubs, event organizing committees, individual sailors, or any other sailing-related organizations that have implemented and delivered a successful sustainability initiative are eligible for the award.
- Each award winner will be given a $10,000 prize to further their sustainability initiatives.
- The judging panel consists of World Sailing’s Sustainability Commission, World Sailing’s Sustainability Programme Manager, a representative from World Sailing’s Board, and a representative from 11th Hour Racing.
- The award is presented alongside the Hempel Team of the Year and the Goslings Boat of the Year, the World Sailing President’s Development Award, the Beppe Croce Trophy, and The Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award.
Sail Africa Youth Development Foundation won the 2021 World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award for increasing the participation of ethnically diverse and female sailors in Durban, South Africa. In the time since launching, the number of girls racing has increased and podium positions have improved year on year. Sailing is now a much more multicultural sport.
Starboard won the 2020 World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award for its Plastic Offset Program, reclaiming 1.1kg of plastic for every board produced. Starboard reduces its carbon emissions and compensates for unavoidable carbon emissions by planting mangrove trees 10 times over for every single board. World Sailing created a case study on Starboard’s efforts.
Corpus Christi Yacht Club (CCYC) won the inaugural award in 2018 following the successful delivery of the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships. Driven by the dedication of the CCYC volunteer Green Team, the Youth Worlds was the first World Sailing Championship with a focus on ocean conservation and sustainability.
World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The organization is responsible for: the promotion of the sport internationally; managing sailing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games; developing the Racing Rules of Sailing and regulations for all sailing competitions; the training of judges, umpires and other administrators; the development of the sport around the world; and representing the sailors in all matters concerning the sport. The principal members of World Sailing are the Member National Authorities and Class Associations.
In 2018, World Sailing ratified their Sustainability Agenda 2030, which outlines how the sport will contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainability Agenda 2030 is split up into World Sailing’s six main operational areas with 56 different targets that range from participation to gender equality, water quality to single-use plastic.
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