Winner of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award
Congratulations to Royal Yachting Association‘s The Green Blue project, winner of the 2019 World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, for its efforts to enable recreational boaters in the United Kingdom to decrease their impact on the environment with practical tools and resources.
Jill Savery, Sustainability Director, 11th Hour Racing attended the awards ceremony in Bermuda and shared her sentiment about the winner, stating, “I applaud their commitment to developing practical tools and resources to help the sailing community adopt sustainable solutions and operations. This work directly supports the World Sailing Agenda 2030 goals, and our mission at 11th Hour Racing to protect and restore the health of our ocean.”
The award received 20 impressive applications from Member National Authorities, sailors, sailing clubs, organizing committees and marine industry organizations, but The Green Blue’s significant investments in its sustainability efforts in 2018 and 2019 led to its victory. World Sailing shares more about the winner below.
Additionally, the International Olympic Committee shared a case study about this award, recognizing that sailing can be a catalyst for sustainable development.
Royal Yacht Association(RYA) / The Green Blue set benchmark to win the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award
Throughout 2018 and 2019, the RYA / The Green Blue, a joint environmental programme, upped their sustainability efforts and reached significant numbers of individual sailors. For this, they secured the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award.
The Green Blue’s main objective is to empower boaters to take action on sustainability through providing clear training and guidance on key issues. They provide extensive advice to the British boating community in print and online, train instructors and deliver workshops with clubs and centres throughout the year.
Through industry events, club conferences and delivery through the RYA’s and British Marine’s training programmes, they continue to engage sailors within the nation.
Kate Fortnam, RYA Campaigns Manager at the RYA, received the Award from World Sailing Vice-President Jan Dawson and Jill Savery, Sustainability Director, 11th Hour Racing.
Other awards presented at the World Sailing awards ceremony included the Rolex World Sailor of the Year, the Goslings Boat of the Year, the Hempel Team of the Year, and The Beppe Croce Trophy.
Video below: Royal Yachting Association’s The Green Blue project, winner of the 2019 World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award.
Header image: Kate Fortnam, RYA Campaigns Manager at the RYA, received the Award from World Sailing Vice-President Jan Dawson and Jill Savery, Sustainability Director, 11th Hour Racing. Credit: World Sailing