Sailing Sustainability Award


The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award celebrates the effective execution or ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly-replicable sustainability initiatives aligned to World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030. The winner will be awarded a $10,000 prize to further their sustainability initiatives.


Entries are encouraged from individual sailors, sailing clubs, events, classes, federations, and the wider marine industry, no matter how big or small their program or initiative may be. People are encouraged to nominate others or apply themselves.


The most recent nomination deadline was September 9, 2022. The 2023 deadline will be announced later this year.


Sustainability experts will assess the nominations and decide on a shortlist of four to be voted on by the public.


Please contact Scott Over, Commercial Director at World Sailing.



Greenboats won the 2022 World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award for pioneering the design and manufacture of natural fiber products and components, demonstrating a viable, sustainable alternative to conventional composite materials. The FLAX27 Daysailor concept boat has been tested in the harshest of marine environments and has the potential to change the footprint of sailing.

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 after 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.

Royal Yachting Association (RYA) / The Green Blue won the 2019 World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award for its efforts to empower boaters in the United Kingdom to take action on sustainability through providing clear training and guidance on key issues.

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.