Team co-founder and director Mark Towill and other crew members shared on social media why sustainability is a personal issue to them.
“Scientists predict that by 2050, the majority of the world’s coral reefs will disappear from our oceans,” Towill said. “It’s a really sad thing. Coral reefs are such an important part of our ecosystem. I’m seeing it happen back in my home of Hawaii, and it’s happening here at the Great Barrier Reef. We need to be doing more about it.”
Creating a sustainability strategy
The Volvo Ocean Race spans the globe for nine months, with race villages and event and team operations at a dozen ports between racing legs. That’s a potentially enormous carbon footprint.
One of the team’s partners, 11th Hour Racing, is also involved with the Volvo Ocean Race as the Founding Principal Partner of the Race’s Sustainability Program. They worked with an environmental consultant more than a year before the series set sail, collecting data and information to help organizers develop and implement a strategy to reduce that environmental impact.
“The sustainability goals of the Volvo Ocean Race are impressive and something for all the competitors and partners to be proud of,” said Kellie Covington, program consultant for 11th Hour Racing.