Please select your home edition
Edition
Henri-Lloyd 2020 LEADERBOARD

52 Super Series: Team Phoenix crowned Greenest Team of the Year

by 52 Super Series 24 Sep 2018 08:13 PDT
Team Phoenix - 52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Week © Nico Martinez / MartinezStudio

At the end of their debut season with the 52 Super Series, Hasso and Tina Plattner's crew on Phoenix were crowned "Greenest Team of the Year" at the final prize-giving ceremony held in Valencia on Saturday.

Determined, consistent and with a high attention to detail, they displayed all the hallmarks of any 52 Super Series champion to scoop the annual sustainability award. Their prize, a water hydration station donated by 52 Super Series Sustainability Partner, Bluewater, will be installed in Puerto Portals to help leave a positive legacy on the popular Balearic Island.

The 52 Super Series is well known for its strong focus on high performance – stripped-down racing boats, highly-engineered technology, and ultra-efficient systems – as well as its robust sustainability strategy and initiatives backed by the partnership with 11th Hour Racing. Finishing in seventh place in their first ever season with the world's leading monohull racing circuit, Phoenix has displayed these qualities not only in their racing, but also in their sustainability initiatives.

The team put their entire operation under the microscope, from how they refill their water bottles throughout the day, to how they wrap their sandwiches.

Their days start like most others' – with an energy-jolting shot of espresso; but rather than using regular coffee capsules, the team invested in a small barista machine, gave all crew members their own mug, and opted for sugar cubes over paper sachets, all to help reduce unnecessary waste.

They prefer reusable food containers to cling-film and food packaging. They meticulously compost and recycle instead of throwing everything into the general trash bins. They use stainless steel water bottles because they last longer than aluminium ones. They buy in bulk instead of individually. They coordinate group flights instead of booking several individual ones, allowing for carpooling to and from the airport. And they use eco-friendly Ecoworks Marine cleaning products instead of other off-the-shelf chemically-based products that harm the marine life. The list goes on.

As Sustainability Officer for the 52 Super Series, it was Christoph Kröger's responsibility to select this year's winners. On Phoenix he says: "It's really great to see that all of the teams are working hard on their own programmes, and we're seeing some really great results across the fleet. But this year, Phoenix have really opened up their stride. I've been incredibly impressed by their forthcoming nature, and by how quickly they have influenced change up and down the ladder of leadership."

Speaking shortly after receiving the award, the Phoenix Owner-Driver, Tina Plattner said: "We are very honoured to be awarded the greenest team award. The entire team has been putting thought and effort into creating awareness around sustainability and to decrease our own environmental footprint from event to event. I'm very proud that everybody in the team has contributed their bit towards this achievement, and we'll be trying even harder next year to reduce our environmental impact. We hope lots of other teams all around the world will join us in this quest."

Not a day goes by without seeing a member of the Phoenix team at their usual hangout spot – the Bluewater hydration station, filling up their bottles and giant water coolers with purified drinking water for the long day of racing ahead. Perhaps it's only fitting that as a reward for their efforts, they will get to install a unit in Puerto Portals, on the Balearic Island of Mallorca. The Balearics are still heavily reliant on single-use plastic from shop-bought water, so the new alternative will be a welcome step in the right direction.

On the wider 52 Super Series sustainability programme, Jeremy Pochman, 11th Hour Racing Co-founder and Strategic Director, says: "We are proud of the 52 Super Series efforts and achievements throughout the 2018 season, and we wish to congratulate all at team Phoenix for their leadership and vision. It is wonderful to see how this partnership with 11th Hour Racing, now at its fourth season, has been embraced by individuals, teams, event organisers, venues, supporters and volunteers, and how this collaborative effort has led to a tangible legacy focused on restoring ocean health. We also wish to thank Bluewater for being part of this journey and for their leadership in providing sustainable and accessible solutions to communities worldwide."

Anders Jacobson, Bluewater President and Chief Strategy Officer, adds: "Joining forces with the 52 Super Series and 11th Hour Racing demonstrates how sustainable technology and solutions already exist and can be harnessed where there is a common will and commitment."

Whilst sustainability is a hot topic, it's a slow burner; a marathon, not a sprint, and a journey that still yields many unanswered questions. What is clear though is that the initiative taken by the entire Phoenix team is a great example to follow for any sports team, and they have perfectly demonstrated how support from leadership can have tremendous trickle-down effects on their collective goals.

For more information about the 52 Super Series Sustainability Programme, visit 52superseries.com/sustainability

Related Articles

Adventures Weekly with Terry Hutchinson
We will head to NZ potentially in July For Adventures Weekly on 13 June 2020 we welcomed Terry Hutchinson, the skipper of American Magic, the New York Yacht Club Challenger for the next America's Cup. Posted on 18 Jun
J-Bird III Restoration Series: Part 4
A vessel we rescued from becoming scrap In parts 1 - 3 we have explored the purchase, haul out and delivery from Sydney to Brisbane of the World's First TP52, a vessel we rescued from becoming scrap. When we last left the boat, it had just arrived at our yard in Brisbane. Posted on 14 Jun
52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Week cancelled
Puerto Portals to host the Rolex TP52 Worlds in September The circuit organisers have put plans in place to run the prestigious Rolex TP52 World Championship at the ever-popular Mallorcan venue of Puerto Portals. Posted on 20 May
Paul Westlake on North Sails' TP52 R&D work
David Schmidt checks out the development work in the TP52 class David Schmidt checked in with Paul “Flipper” Westlake, North Sails' executive vice president, via email, to learn more about North Sails' sail development work for the TP52 class. Posted on 19 May
Azzurra celebrates ten seasons on the TP52 Circuit
Skipper Guillermo Parada and the YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo share their memories Even though the 2020 season has been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this is the tenth season that Azzurra, the Roemmers family's boat and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's sporting symbol, has been competing in this highly competitive circuit. Posted on 16 May
Dates set for 17th PalmaVela Regatta
To be held in the penultimate week of October 2020 The Organizing Committee of the PalmaVela regatta has now set the dates for the 17th edition of the regatta. It will be held between the 22nd of October this year and the 25th, as long as the health and sports authorities authorize it. Posted on 13 May
J-Bird III Restoration Series: Part 3
Back in the water without a keel and rudder, with the mast strapped to the deck When we last left the boat, it had been put back in the water without a keel and rudder, with the mast strapped to the deck ready to be towed to a place where we would haul it out of the water and put it on a truck. Posted on 6 May
Race Yachts Premium Brokerage newsletter
Continuing to expand due to popular demand from clients Welcome to our May edition of Premium Brokerage Race Yachts. We are pleased to announce Race Yachts continues to expand due to popular demand from our clients. We have now opened our Racer Cruiser division. Posted on 6 May
52 Super Series fleet on the move and heading home
To the Mediterranean from Cape Town on board BBC Dolphin After what has proven to be the biggest challenge in logistics since the start of the 52 Super Series, the TP52 fleet is back at sea, heading "home" to the Mediterranean from Cape Town, South Africa aboard the 120m LOA general cargo ship, BBC Dolphin. Posted on 29 Apr
J-Bird III Restoration Series: Part 2
It has been fantastic to see so many people interested in this project As featured in Part 1 of this blog series, we have purchased the World's First TP52 originally known as J-Bird III. Due to the state of the boat, it is going through a full restoration and conversion to zero emissions. Posted on 21 Apr
Melges 14 2019 FooterNorth Sails 2019 - NSVictoryList - FooterVaikobi 2019AUG - Footer 1