The Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, baptized today Turn the Tide on Plastic, which has the support of the Mirpuri Foundation, a boat that will carry the Portuguese flag alongside the United Nations in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018. The ceremony was also attended by Secretary of State for Sport João Paulo Rebelo, Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, Catarina Marcelino, by Paulo Mirpuri, President of the Mirpuri Foundation and Dee Cafari, British skipper that will be at the helm.

It was a simple ceremony, but full of symbolism, which took place at the Pedrouços Dock. For the first time, Portugal will have a boat in the Volvo Ocean Race and two national sailors will be on board, the Olympians Bernardo Freitas and Frederico Melo. Turn the Tide on Plastic skipper, Dee Cafari said: “We are happy with the project. It is very important to have a mixed crew, fifty percent women and fifty percent men, made up of young sailors and the message of sustainability and ocean defense that we carry with Turn the Tide on Plastic is also very relevant. “

Paulo Mirpuri, President of the Mirpuri Foundation, who supports Turn the Tide on Plastic, said: “The Mirpuri Foundation, among the various causes it supports, has in 2017-2018 the participation in the Volvo Ocean Race, sponsoring the team Turn the Tide on Plastic. It is the first time that a boat in this race, which has a tradition of more than 40 years, carries a message for the sustainability of the oceans. It is also the first time that there is a boat that carries the Portuguese flag, alongside with the United Nations, and that has Portuguese sailors on board. “

Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Minister of the Economy, stated: “The Volvo Ocean Race has a very interesting impact, both because of the number of people it brings and the image that it will take from Portugal to the whole world. This is the third consecutive time that Volvo Ocean Race will be in our country and the interesting part of this edition will be, that besides the stopover, the Portuguese flag will be represented throughout the world through a boat with a message on ocean sustainability and gender equality. It is very interesting to see the Mirpuri Foundation, to give the same relevance and importance to these messages. If, in addition, we get a good place in the competition, it will be a very big victory”, said the Minister of Economy.

Photos by: Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race