The Mirpuri Foundation was the main sustainability partner for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, as well as the founding partner for the “Turn the Tide on Plastic” team.

The Mirpuri Foundation founded one of the seven teams competing in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. It was named the team “Turn the Tide on Plastic” and associated it with a strong message for ocean sustainability. In addition, the team helped to raise awareness on the United Nations “Clean Seas” campaign.

“Turn the Tide on Plastic” proved to be innovative in regard to the history of the race by promoting fundamental values like gender equality and by including younger sailors on its team. The boat was the only one with a female skipper, was crewed equally with men and women, and was the team with the highest number of crew members under the age of 30.

The team founded by the Mirpuri Foundation was also the only one to compete without a commercial message. Instead it emphasized a purely environmental discourse, making populations aware of the harmful consequences resulting from the use of disposable plastics by taking part in conferences, workshops and beach cleanups in the cities it passed through.

The Mirpuri Foundation was also the Volvo Ocean Race’s main sustainability partner. Together, the two organizations implemented sustainability and science programs aimed at helping to avoid that plastics continue to pollute oceans. The joint effort maximised the impact the message had on host cities, while at the same time minimizing any negative impact on the smaller towns they visited. These programs aspired to leave a positive legacy for the future health of our oceans.

 Participating in this race opened a new chapter in Portuguese maritime history and had merit in helping to contribute to creating a new generation of ocean sailors. For the first time in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race, two Portuguese sailors – Bernardo Freitas and Frederico Melo – were part of a team, competing on board a boat that carried the Portuguese flag in this iconic race for the first time.

The Mirpuri Foundation expects that the 2021-22 race will build on the experience of the previous Race and that results will be even better, and that the Ocean Race will continue to lead sustainability in sport and the Ocean Summits series to expand even further.

And above, the Mirpuri Foundation expects to consolidate the large wave against plastic pollution built during the last race. The public is now much better informed on the perils of plastic and on what each one of us can do to turn the tide on plastic, for a better world.

More on the Mirpuri Foundation participation in the VOR 2017-18 edition HERE


Photo Credits: Ainhoa Sanchez