Title Sponsor: 11th Hour Racing
11th Hour Racing establishes strategic partnerships within the sailing and maritime communities to promote collaborative, systemic change benefitting the health of our ocean. From plastic pollution to climate change to the environmental impacts of our sport, our oceans are threatened, and the clock is ticking. Since 2010, 11th Hour Racing has been harnessing the power of sport through three primary areas of engagement: Sponsorships, Gran
11th Hour Racing believes fostering environmentally sustainable practices on and off the water is critical to the restoration of our ocean and its vital resources. As one steers a boat with a gentle, steady hand, 11th Hour Racing strives to advance winning environment and performance practices one degree at a time.
When 11th Hour Racing Team needs protection from the elements, we turn to Musto – sailing’s leading premium technical clothing brand. The team will be outfitted head to toe with Musto high performance clothing both on and off the water. As part of the partnership, the team will work together with Musto to develop the next generation of HPX racing gear along with a line of fully-sustainable products from the ground up to introduce to Musto’s collection.
Marlow Ropes Inc. is the leading manufacturer of high performance running rigging and provides 11th Hour Racing Team with lines from the Grand Prix custom-made series. The team will use the new Blue Ocean Docklines, made 100% from recycled materials, to make sure the team’s IMOCA 60 is tied securely to the dock.
A key component of the 11th Hour Racing Team’s Sustainability Sourcing Code, Sourcemap assists the team with supply chain visualization, giving us insight into potential areas of sustainability risk exposure. Their network mapping solutions help the team make informed decisions when selecting suppliers and creating operational efficiencies to reduce the team’s carbon footprint.
Karün, the official eyewear supplier for 11th Hour Racing Team, creates sunglasses from recycled ocean plastics. Based in Patagonia, Chile, Karün’s products enable the brand to share a new perspective of the world and fund long-term projects that help protect vast territories of pure nature and empower local entrepreneurs.
Ecoworks Marine helps 11th Hour Racing Team keep the boat clean and the ocean protected with marine safe and environmentally-friendly maintenance and cleaning products. Marpol compliant, their products are sustainably sourced, replacing hazardous and undesirable ingredients with renewable or naturally derived alternatives.
A French offshore sailing company founded by sailing legend Francois Gabart, MerConcept has over a decade experience working with various offshore sailing programs to develop cutting-edge boat technology, new systems, and training programs. Merconcept is a strategic partner to the team with a focus on performance and technical aspects of the campaign. This includes supporting the team with LCA and exploring innovative low impact technologies. They will also collaborate on legacy projects with 11th Hour Racing Team grantees based in France.
Oakcliff Sailing is an adult and youth training center for athletes who have progressed beyond traditional coaching methods and want to take the next step in their career. Located in Oyster Bay, New York they offer trainees a proving ground to develop their skill set and professional network in the three big areas of competitive sailing: the America’s Cup, the Olympics, and the Ocean Race. The partnership was formed to create new pathways for young, hard-working Americans to follow their dreams of establishing careers in the sailing industry. Oakcliff Graduates will be eligible for internships at each stopover to work with the team and learn what it takes to run a sustainable campaign. Oakcliff’s goal is to raise the level of American sailing worldwide.
The USMMA Sailing Foundation’s primary goal is to provide to maritime training and education opportunities by working with Warrior Sailing, the US Marine Merchant Academy, and the New York Harbor School, among other organizations. 11th Hour Racing team will engage with participants of these training programs throughout The Ocean Race 2021-22.