Since 1973, The Ocean Race has been the world’s toughest sailing race, attracting the best sailors on the planet – Olympic champions, record-breakers and pioneers. A grueling ocean endurance race covering over 45,000 miles over nine months. America’s top offshore sailors Charlie Enright (RI) and Mark Towill (HI) are leading a campaign with their team 1 Degree that will be title-sponsored by Rhode Island-based 11th Hour Racing. They are the only team with a proven track record and commitment to sustainability.
A core objective for the team is to use the global platform the event to influence sustainability within the marine industry whilst showcasing performance.
As a professional sports team they recognize they have a responsibility to reducing and mitigating their environmental impacts, and while they included water as an indicator in their last campaign, they now wish to take a comprehensive approach to reducing their impacts and mitigating the remaining unavoidable water footprint.
To this end, WFI together with the 11th Hour Racing team and Cape-Town based non-profit EMG are developing a methodology for quantifying the benefits of community capacity development for water compensation. The partners are using previous community building work along the Kuils River carried out by EMG under 11th Hour Racing’s Legacy Grant programme to continue to build citizen and stakeholder capacity to restore water quality and quantity through clean-up actions, tree planting and safeguarding equitable water use.
The pilot will run from January 2023 to June 2023 and will continue to be monitored and evaluated on the long term by WFI partner Akvo. The methodology for compensation through community capacity development and the results of the pilot will be Annexed to the Compensation Guidelines.