Since a young age, I enjoyed many activities in our home town in Argentina, by the river, with my brothers. In the present, it became painful to see how polluted it is. We used to live on a boat, so every day we were in contact with the water and those became the best memories of my life. As a sailor, I got the chance to sail in many countries and I realized that we are the first ones who should aim to protect the oceans with our own daily actions.
Yago Lange is an Argentine Olympic sailor, environmental activist, and communicator. His focus is creating awareness on the health of the ocean and making an impact with simple actions to create positive change. Uniting a network of more than 2,000 volunteers, he has organized more than 20 coastal cleanups throughout Argentina and Europe in one year. In a single cleanup, they removed around 10 tons of garbage from the shore of the River Plate, an Argentine professional sports club based in the Núñez neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Additionally, he organized a cleanup with 400 school kids and brought together 45 sailing clubs at once for a massive cleanup, which expanded powerfully on social media under the #limpiemos (let’s clean) motto. The International Olympic Committee recognized his initiatives by handing him their environmental prize in 2019. He is Argentina’s director of Parley. Lange is a natural team builder and innovator, providing real action and solutions to a worldwide concern, through the language of sports, adventure, and outdoor lifestyle.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN 11TH HOUR RACING AMBASSADOR?
I see 11th Hour Racing doing great stuff around the sailing world and I want to be part of that. I believe that if we connect different visions we become stronger. I feel that, as sailors, we have a lot of knowledge of the ocean’s health and we need to raise our voice. Athletes such as football players get to have someone clean their stadium every day…as sailors, we don’t have that, so we should try to do it ourselves and turn the tide into positive actions.
SUPPORTING THE MISSION
The oceans belong to everyone and we should all protect them. Two out of three breaths of oxygen come from the oceans, that is how much we depend on them. Every day I work on my personal habits to support the mission and I design projects with Parley to do so in Argentina, as well as work on future projects to keep making a positive impact.
- 2019: NZ worlds sustainable awards 49er, 49er fx, and Nacra 17
- 2019: International Olympic Committee sustainable award
- 2018: 1st Princesa Sofia
- 2017: 3rd World Ranking 49er
- 2016: 7th Rio Olympics with his brother in 49er
- 2012: Arg National Champion 2012 laser
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Free Time: Working on my homegrown veggie garden and compost.
Bad Ass Moment: When we collected 10 tons of trash with 200 volunteers in San Isidro, by the River Plate, Buenos Aires, and a Palma de Mallorca clean up with 250 Olympic sailors during Princesa Sofia trophy #sailors4thesea.
Hidden Talent: Long endurance sessions.
The Fridge: Too many adventures I am not usually with the same fridge.
Best Advice: Everyone can do something. Every action counts.
Parley, Red Bull
Reusable bottle, reusable bag, camping gear