VOLVO OCEAN RACE
Bluewater delivers pristine drinking water during 2017 – 2018 Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s toughest sailing event
Bluewater has partnered with Vestas 11th Hour Racing, the team pushing to be the most sustainable entry in the 9-month long 2017 – 2018 Volvo Ocean Race.
The team describes its mission as an opportunity to win the most epic sprint around our fragile planet, while showcasing business as a force for good. That’s exactly the kind of precedent that Bluewater adheres to as we seek to accomplish our own sustainability goals.
Bluewater, a world leader in drinking water purification technologies, is contributing to Vestas 11th Hour Racing by supplying pristine drinking water that will both quench thirst and help slash the use of single-use plastic bottles in the Volvo Ocean Race Villages being established at the 10 stop-overs.
The Volvo Ocean Race initiative follows on from Bluewater’s success in avoiding the use of a quarter-of-a-million plastic water bottles in the America’s Cup Village on Bermuda in June during the 35th America’s Cup.
Ultimate ocean marathon
The Volvo Ocean Race is the ultimate ocean marathon, pitting the sport’s best sailors against each other across the world’s toughest oceans. The legendary race that began in 1973 will start from Alicante, Spain in October 2017 and finish in The Hague, Netherlands in June 2018, visiting cities like Lisbon, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Newport in between.
Featuring almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as in the previous edition, the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will be contested over the longest distance in the race’s history at around 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and taking in 12 major cities on six continents.
The Volvo Ocean Race has been the global sponsorship flagship of Volvo Group and Volvo Car Group since taking ownership of the Race in 1999. The Volvo Ocean Race is operated as a non-profit organisation
About Vestas 11th Hour Racing
Under the leadership of two experienced sailors, Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, the Vestas 11th Hour Racing team is set to achieve exemplary results in sport and sustainability in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. The partnership between Vestas and 11th Hour Racing sends a strong signal on the importance of protecting our planet with two leading players on climate change and ocean health promoting solutions within wind and water.
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on wind power solutions. Vestas designs, manufactures, installs, and services wind turbines across the globe, with 85 GW of wind turbines in 75 countries, the company has installed more wind power than anyone else. Together with its customers, Vestas’ more than 22,500 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future.
11th Hour Racing, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation, establishes strategic partnerships within the sailing and maritime communities to promote collaborative, systemic change benefitting the health of our ocean – one degree at a time. Since 2010, 11th Hour Racing has been harnessing the power of sport with an innovative and comprehensive approach through three primary areas of engagement: grants, partnerships, and ambassadors.