Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to inspire, the power to unite people like little else doesNelson Mandela
The Ocean Race Summits are a key element of our Racing with Purpose initiative, in collaboration with Premier Partners 11th Hour Racing and Volvo Cars and Official Partner Bluewater.
Taking place in inspiring and interactive settings, the events provide a platform for sector-leading speakers to showcase cutting edge innovations and reveal announcements that will have positive outcomes for the lifeblood of our race – the marine environment.
Building upon the defining legacy of the series of seven global events held during the previous edition of the race, they take place at strategically selected, international locations, with the objective to engage and inspire local audiences in order to take decisive action.
This unique forum provides the setting for groundbreaking announcements and knowledge sharing to deliver a legacy that makes a substantial contribution to the vital efforts to address some of the many threats our ocean racetrack faces.
Amongst the issues being tackled are ocean plastic pollution, broader threats linked to climate change and the delivery of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) connected to ocean health.
We track greenhouse gas emissions for employee and speaker travel to the summit, mitigating unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions from air travel through carbon offsetting.
An interactive, livestream service encourages our global audience to attend the event virtually rather than travel to the venue, further reducing the environmental impact of the events.
In the run up to the next edition of the race which starts in Alicante in Autumn 2021, five events will be organised with at least five more delivered during the nine-month race period.
Over the course of the 2017-18 edition of the race, the Ocean Race Summits provided concrete solutions to help solve the plastic crisis affecting our seas with commitments that will have long-lasting benefits for our seas.
Click here to find out more about the 2017-18 Ocean Summits.
These events that bring together the worlds of sport, industry, government, science and ocean advocates, are a vital part of the collaborative steps that are being taken to tackle the ubiquitous pollution of the ocean with plastic debris as well as the broader threats to the oceans healthHis Royal Highness Prince Charles