Mirpuri Foundation boat “Turn the Tide on Plastic” arrived in Lisbon, crossing the finish line in the River Tagus to complete the 1,650 nautical mile leg in light winds on Saturday evening. This is the first boat carrying a portuguese flag in the race, and was much applauded on the arrival in Lisbon, by a proud crowd of this team where two Portuguese sailors participate, Bernardo Freitas and Frederico Melo.

Skipper Dee Caffari’s team finished Leg 1 with lots of positives. Plenty of close racing and lots of lessons learned, among the best and most experienced sailors in the world.

“We just had the greatest two-boat testing with Team Brunel for 200 miles, so it was fantastic,” said Dee.

Turn the Tide on Plastic is a mixed, youth focused team with a strong sustainability message. The campaign is dedicated to the issue of ocean health. It’s a multinational, 50-50 male-female squad, with the majority under 30 years of age. Alongside the sustainability focus, the messages around inclusivity in age and gender will be strong themes of a campaign that in sporting terms may not start as a favourite, but could easily surprise on the water.

The guiding mission is to amplify United Nations Environment’s ‘Clean Seas: Turn the Tide on Plastic’ campaign throughout the eight months of the race.


Photo credits: Jesus Renedo /VOR