In addition to a podium finish, it is the goal of Vestas 11th Hour Racing to be the most environmentally sustainable team to have ever raced in the Volvo Ocean Race.

On March 21, 2017, Vestas and 11th Hour Racing announced their partnership in support of the team led by Charlie Enright and Mark Towill to join the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race. Vestas 11th Hour Racing is set to achieve exemplary results in sport and sustainability.

Described as a “massive business trip,” the Volvo Ocean Race has inherent difficulties associates with improving a team’s carbon footprint. In January 2016 Mark and Charlie started working with a sustainability consultant to determine the environmental impact of their previous participation in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race with Team Alvimedica.. 

The data and information collected led to the foundation of a robust sustainability plan for the 2017-2018 edition – covering all aspects of the team’s operations in their travels around the world, calling at 12 ports and covering 45,000-nautical-miles whilst raising awareness for the team’s vision of a cleaner, healthier environment.

Food Charter

The purpose of a Food Charter is to ensure all of the team’s food needs, including hospitality, sailors and staff, utilize local (within a 150-mile radius) and sustainable sourced foods, regardless of which city they are in the world.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing has also committed to adopting #MeatFreeMondays, to bring awareness to the harmful effects the raising of livestock has on our environment.

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Environmental Purchasing Policy

An EPP gives the team guidelines on how to purchase required items and equipment needed to participate in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.

Want to follow an Environmental Purchasing Policy (EPP) in your everyday life to help lower your own carbon footprint and be a more environmentally conscious consumer? Look for the below symbols on products when purchasing items and if online shopping be aware of where your items are being shipped from.

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Sustainability Policy

The Vestas 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Policy is based on the Team Pledge (image), signed by all members of the team. As part of this the team adheres to a Food Charter and Environmental Purchasing Policy (EPP).
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Sustainability Highlights (PDF)

In committing to be the most sustainable sailing team to have ever competed in the Volvo Ocean Race, Vestas 11th Hour Racing will run its operations according to a series of comprehensive guidelines. This document provides a short overview of these policies.

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Downloadable case studies

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Have you heard about the UN's 17 Sustainable development goals?

There's something for everyone to work towards - for example, Vestas is working on Goal #7 to strive to achieve affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, and Vestas 11th Hour Racing's sustainability initiatives align with Goal #5 Gender Equality, Goal #7 Life Below Water, Goal #12 Responsible Consumption and Production, and Goal #13 Climate Action.

Change starts with you, and there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, collectively, will make a big difference. So, get involved, above and below the surface - let's lead sustainability together!