The Mayor of Cascais, Carlos Carreiras, the Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner and the Mirpuri Foundation’s President Paulo Mirpuri proudly visited the “Turn the Tide on Plastic” crew, taking a tour of the sustainability-focused boat alongside skipper Dee Caffari.

As the current Mayor, Carlos Carreiras´ work has been of great value to the development of Cascais. During his term the city has welcomed “Festas do Mar”, the only free of charge Summer Festival in the country, with 10 days of concerts and activities, the Greenfest – country’s largest sustainability event – and it has also been supporting sports events and related projects. “Cascais Vela”, the most important national regatta, will start tomorrow at the Naval Club, with the participation of 77 boats and the special presence of the “Turn the Tide on Plastic” boat.

Throughout the tour, Mark Turner talked about the Volvo Ocean Race, as Sailing’s toughest and longest challenge, taking the teams 46,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans and six continents for eight months.

Mirpuri Foundation’s President Paulo Mirpuri also presented the non-profit organization’s values and principles that made it the Sustainability Principal Partner of the Volvo Ocean Race.

For the very first time a boat will be racing under the Portuguese flag, taking two Portuguese sailors as part of the crew. Both will be announced in the next few days.

Mirpuri Foundation’s “Turn the Tide on Plastic” boat is currently based at the Cascais Marina, training for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 edition, starting October 22nd, where it will be amplifying United Nations Environment’s “Clean Seas” campaign around the world. The team is being supported by the Cascais Naval Club, whose Sailing Academy is also sponsored by the Foundation.

Marine Conservation has been granted special attention and Mirpuri Foundation works to raise awareness of current challenges and emerging issues threatening our oceans such as pollution, acidification, rising temperatures, coral bleaching, unsustainable fishing methods and extinction risk in marine systems.

Photo: Mark Turner, Carlos Carreiras, Dee Caffari and Paulo Mirpuri