Please select your home edition
Edition
Vaikobi 2019AUG - Leaderboard 1

Team Ocean Respect Racing addresses marine debris issue in Sydney Harbour

by 11th Hour Racing 20 Dec 2018 18:10 PST
The crew, joined by Clean Up Australia, gathered on Whiting Beach in Sydney Harbor. L-R: Libby Greenhalgh, Sarah Wilmot, Sophie Ciszek, Terrie-Ann Johnson (Managing Director and CEO of Clean Up Australia), Stacey Jackson, Dee Caffari, and Vanessa Dudley. © Salty Dingo / Ocean Respect Racing

While preparing for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the all-female professional sailing team, Ocean Respect Racing, joined forces with Clean Up Australia, the iconic, not-for-profit Australian environmental organization, to raise awareness for how rubbish finds its way into the ocean, and encourage positive behavior change. On Tuesday, team members gathered on Whiting Beach in Sydney Harbor to get a better understanding of the rubbish that lurks beneath a seemingly clean harbor. The team removed 12 bags of trash, filled with soft plastic wrappers from food, cigarette butts, plastic water bottles, and many tiny plastic pieces that were unidentifiable. As part of its commitment to leave a lasting legacy in Australia, 11th Hour Racing awarded a $10,000 grant to Clean Up Australia to support the organization's mission and expand its waterway cleanups.

"I had an eye-opening moment off the coast of Brazil during the Volvo Ocean Race, when we sailed past a fleet of oil rigs that was letting off so much heat and gas, it created its own weather system. Knowing that's the start of how plastic is produced, I realized spreading this message wasn't going to end for me when the race did," said Stacey Jackson, Skipper of Ocean Respect Racing. "Being on the beach with Clean Up Australia, and removing marine debris was a strong reminder of why I formed this team. That's why I am thrilled to support Clean Up Australia and work together to encourage Australians to 'turn off the tap' on plastic pollution."

In collaboration with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia - the organizers of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Clean Up Australia also will ensure that all 92 yachts entered in the race are able to recycle their waste, by including a dedicated recycling bag in all competitors' packs. The bags will be collected on arrival in Hobart, where waste will be disposed of and recycled properly.

"At 11th Hour Racing, we use the power of sport to drive collaborative and systemic change for the health of our ocean," said Todd McGuire, Program Director, 11th Hour Racing. "We are thrilled to facilitate this partnership between Ocean Respect Racing and Clean Up Australia, with the goal of educating and motivating individuals and groups to take action for the environment. Often a simple solution, such as providing the race boats with recycling bags so they can separate their waste easily when they arrive in Hobart, can open up a dialogue that leads to more change in the future."

Ahead of the race start on Boxing Day, when hundreds of thousands of spectators are onshore and on the water, Clean Up Australia will publish a call to action to reduce waste and dispose of it responsibly. By saying "No," to single-use plastic, the Ocean Respect Racing team aims to inspire and empower sports fans and drive lasting, behavioral change.

"Our volunteers have found that nearly 75 percent of the rubbish they remove from Australian waterways is single-use plastic, everything from bottles to straws, plastic bags to polystyrene packaging," said Terrie-Ann Johnson, Managing Director and CEO of Clean Up Australia. "The problem is not confined to items that are floating, what lurks beneath is equally dangerous. We all need to understand that 'change starts with you.' Every one of us can make a difference in the amount of plastics that end up as rubbish by simply refusing to take that single-use item."

Clean Up Australia was founded in 1989 after Ian Kiernan AO competed in the BOC Challenge solo around-the-world yacht race. While racing, he was shocked and disgusted by the pollution and rubbish that he continually encountered. When he returned home, he had the simple idea to make a difference in his backyard - Sydney Harbor. This simple idea has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day.

Related Articles

11th Hour Racing awards 12 new grants
To address environmental challenges of Coastal Communities 11th Hour Racing announced today a dozen new global grants to organizations that are addressing sea-level rise, habitat loss, science education for underserved students and plastics pollution. Posted on 12 Dec
Shifting gears after the Transat Jacques Vabre
What's next for 11th Hour Racing? With the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre now in the rearview mirror, team leaders Mark Towill and Charlie Enright have quickly shifted focus to the next phase of 11th Hour Racing's campaign towards The Ocean Race in two years time. Posted on 26 Nov
Food waste that protects soil & sea
200 million pounds of turkey is thrown away on Thanksgiving Did you know that Americans throw away 200 million pounds of turkey (NRDC) on Thanksgiving — and 40 million tons (EPA) of food annually? With only 326 towns and cities out of more than 19,000 (USPRIG) in the US offering curbside food waste collection Posted on 22 Nov
Amory Ross joins 11th Hour Racing Team
Ross has been a leading outdoor and sailing videographer, photographer and producer for a decade He is taking part in the delivery back to Brittany, France this month as onboard reporter from Salvador de Bahia, Brazil where 11th Hour Racing finished fourth in the Transat Jacques Vabre. Posted on 16 Nov
TJV: 11th Hour Racing bumped to fourth
Officially moved up one spot in the Transat Jacques Vabre overall standings Two days after finishing the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre in Brazil, 11th Hour Racing were officially bumped up one spot in the overall standings Tuesday from fifth to fourth. Posted on 13 Nov
TJV: 11th Hour Racing finishes just off the podium
11th Hour Racing Team's first major offshore sailing event After 14 days, 6 hours, 10 minutes and 23 seconds of sailing, 11th Hour Racing, led by co-skippers Charlie Enright and Pascal Bidégorry, finished in 5th place Sunday to finish the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre into Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Posted on 11 Nov
TJV: 11th Hour Racing in the hunt for podium
11th Hour Racing Team is in contention for a podium finish With 11 days of racing behind them, 11th Hour Racing Team is in contention for a podium finish in the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre as the IMOCA fleet approaches the equator and the final days of sailing into Salvador de Bahia, Brazil this week. Posted on 7 Nov
TJV: Key decision made without weather information
Heading South: Pascal & Charlie make a key call All weekend long heading up to the start of the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre, co-skippers of 11th Hour Racing Team Charlie Enright and Pascal Bidégorry talked about the "big decision" looming as the pair exited the English Channel. Posted on 30 Oct
Transat Jacques Vabre: Next stop Brazil
11th Hour Racing gets underway in Transat Jacques Vabre 11th Hour Racing Team duo Charlie Enright and Pascal Bidégorry crossed the start line along with 58 other boats in the fleet under cloudy skies just off the coast of Le Havre, France to get the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre underway at 1:15pm local-time Posted on 27 Oct
11th Hour Racing sign Sustainability Policy
Mark Towill and Charlie Enright together with COO Bill Erkelens The team's Sustainability Policy defines the mission and vision of the team, while also committing the team to feature sustainability as a core value, demonstrating leadership, innovation, collaboration and leaving a legacy. Posted on 26 Oct
Festival of Sails 2020 GIF - FOOTERNaiad 660x82px_RescueVaikobi 2019AUG - Footer 2