Please select your home edition
Cyclops 2020 - SmartlinkNano - LEADERBOARD

The Ocean Race: Helping our neighbours

by Peter Rusch, The Ocean Race 2 Apr 2020 07:21 PDT
The Ocean Race provided an initial batch of 18 face shields to health care workers © The Ocean Race

The international crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus has impacted communities, families and individuals around the world.

Here at The Ocean Race, our thoughts are with those affected and we support all on the front line who are working to contain the virus and minimise its impact.

With that in mind, staff at The Ocean Race have been providing a measure of help to local health care providers who are stretched to capacity caring for patients with COVID-19.

The technology team at the Race, who more typically spend their time developing the systems that bring media off the boats, have re-purposed the office 3D printer, normally used to build custom mounts and brackets for media equipment, to manufacture protective face shield masks that are now in short supply in local facilities.

The hospital in Elda, located 40 km inland from race headquarters in Alicante, has been particularly hard hit, as many local shoe manufacturing companies had representatives attend a trade fair in Northern Italy just before the health crisis erupted. Authorities believe this has contributed to a localised outbreak in COVID-19 cases.

Estefania Esteve, the Financial Director for The Ocean Race identified a need in Elda through communications with a local contact. The race is also speaking with local hospitals in Alicante about whether there is a way to provide help here as well.

Over the past days, using a design shared on the internet, Technology Director Samuel Piñeiro, has been running the Race's 3D printer 24-hours a day in a spare room in his house, producing protective shields to help ease an overburdened system.

"We all know how acute the crisis is here in Spain," Piñeiro said. "This is one, small, concrete thing we can do, with the tools we have, to provide some help."

On Monday, The Ocean Race provided an initial batch of 18 face shields to health care workers. Using a slightly modified design, a further 14 masks should be available on Thursday.

Similarly, Iker Martinez, a veteran of The Ocean Race in 2011-12 and 2014-15, has been spending his time in 'self-isolation' sewing masks for health care workers from his home in Palma de Mallorca.

"I know I can't do it as fast as the professionals, but there are not enough masks and I can help a little bit," he told Spanish newspaper Marca this weekend. His attitude is one shared across the country as citizens band together to contribute.

The crisis in Spain has touched all corners of the country. With its headquarters in Alicante, The Ocean Race is committed to helping in any way possible. We are eternally grateful to the doctors, nurses, carers and all other essential workers who put themselves at risk every day to help all of us through these challenging times.

Related Articles

Italia Sailing Team enters The Ocean Race 2022-23
The goal is to give Italian tourism a further boost and enhance the Made in Italy brand During a press conference organised by the Yacht Club Italiano on Sunday evening, the Italian Minister of Tourism, Massimo Garavaglia, gave his full support for an Italian entry in the next edition of The Ocean Race, scheduled to start in late 2022. Posted on 20 Sep
Boat building industry comes together
To drive action for the planet A new survey by The Ocean Race, the world's toughest test of a team in sport, has found an overwhelming number of people working in the sailing and boat building industry want the field to become more sustainable. Posted on 14 Sep
Ocean Race to call for action to protect the seas
At IUCN World Conservation Congress The Ocean Race, the round-the-world sailing competition known as the toughest test of a team in sport, is set to play a leading role in one of the world's most important environmental conferences. Posted on 2 Sep
Line honours for Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team
In 21st edition of the prestigious Cascais Vela The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team was awarded the trophy for line honours 1st place with its VO65 boat "Racing for the Planet", with a clean sweep of victories in one of the biggest and most prestigious regattas in Portugal, Cascais Vela. Posted on 31 Aug
Spanish fishermen are fighting pollution
Collected waste is used in the manufacturing of sustainable clothing Nacho Llorca, the President of the Villajoyosa Fisherman's Association, shares how pollution is threatening the livelihoods of fishermen all over the world. Posted on 20 Aug
A message for the ocean from Relay4Nature
Joana Pinto Balsemão reveals her fears and hopes for the ocean Joana Pinto Balsemão, the Executive Councillor for the Environment and Citizenship at Cascais Municipality reveals her fears and hopes for the ocean. Posted on 17 Jul
Teams taking action for the planet
The Ocean Race Europe team join UN Sports for Climate Action framework Joining UN Sports for Climate Action, collecting scientific data about the state of the seas, cutting out single-use plastic, measuring and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and engaging with world leaders about the threats to the ocean Posted on 4 Jul
Relay4Nature returns to the home of The Ocean Race
The baton left Genova, Italy, onboard Team Mexico with baton bearer Juan Varela The Relay4Nature baton left Genova, Italy, earlier today onboard Team Mexico with baton bearer Juan Varela (MEX), enroute back to the home of The Ocean Race in Alicante, Spain. Posted on 29 Jun
Cup Musings, TOR Europe, and the Rolex Giraglia
Latest newsletter from Sail-World's David Schmidt in the USA I'm not much of a Guns N' Roses fan. But the other day, "Sweet Child O' Mine" came on the radio. Axl started crooning: “Where do we go? Oh, where do we go now?” And of course, I started thinking about the America's Cup. Posted on 22 Jun
Mirpuri Foundation Team wins The Ocean Race Europe
The Portuguese team led by French skipper Yoann Richomme claimed victory with a final win Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team has won the inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe, claiming victory in the final coastal race of the event this afternoon in Genoa, Italy. Posted on 19 Jun
Hella Dual Colour Floodlights - 728 x 90px - 004 gif BottomArmstrong-Logo-Only-728x90 gif BOTTOMCoast Guard Foundation FOOTER 3