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Ways you can help Sail Newport and the Volvo Ocean Race be sustainable
when you join us at the Race Village

1. Ride a  bike, walk, take a water taxi,  or carpool to cut down on emissions.

2. Single-use plastic water bottles are banned from the event. Please bring a reusable water bottle, plenty of filling stations
will be available.

3. Skip the straw. Like single-use bottles, plastic straws will not be provided at the event.  

4. Recycle your trash and compost food.  Dispose of your trash and food in the properly marked receptacles available around the Race Village. Thank You!


6. Sign the Clean Seas Pledge



Sail Newport is proud to host the North American Stopover for the 2018 event and promote our own message of sustainability. Here's how the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover, with our sustainability partners, plan to put sustainability first.

Minimize Impact

1. Engage and obtain commitment by stakeholders in the Volvo Ocen Race Sustainability Strategy.

2. Increase awareness, provide education, and campaign for Ocean Health with a focus on plastic pollution.

3. Run an accessible and inclusive event.


Minimize Race Footprint

4. Protect the natural environment from Race and Event.

5. Ensure responsible resource management.

6. Ensure a safe environment for workforce, teams and Race Village visitors.

7. Avoid the use of single-use plastics.


Minimize Resource Footprint

8. Source event resources responsibly with concern for conservation. 




Minimize Emissions Footprint

9. Implement efficient production, transport, and travel plans.

10. Minimize attendee travel impacts.

11. Responsibly manage and report greenhouse gas emissions inventory.


Leave a Legacy

12. Advance knowledge and obtain data on ocean health and plastic pollution.

13. Support innovation and technical solutions to sustainability challenges for sailing, ocean health, and plastic pollution.

14. Disseminate new event sustainability practices to stakeholders.


Sustainability is an important part of the Volvo Ocean Race. The race is putting sustainable sailing at its heart and focusing on taking action to help ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ – the rapidly growing and critical problem of plastic polluting the ocean, highlighted by the United Nations Environment’s Clean Seas campaign that is being adopted by the Volvo Ocean Race.

There are three key pillars to the Volvo Ocean Race sustainability strategy:

1) To minimize the race’s own footprint with a particular focus on reducing, and where possible eliminating, the single-use plastic in the Race Villages – a challenging task but one that will help to change behavior by making it a focus.

2) To maximize the race’s impact using its global communications platform to spread awareness and action on Ocean Health and plastic pollution, an educational programme to change views, and the creation of Ocean Summits which bring together science, government, sport, and business.

3) To leave a positive legacy wherever it goes, through many actions including a science programme, using the Volvo Ocean 65 racing yachts to capture data while at sea and contribute to our understanding of the oceans in the most remote areas of the planet.
Learn more about V olvo Ocean Race's global sustainability commitment


In 2015, the Volvo Ocean Race North American Stopover was awarded Platinum Level Clean Regatta Certification
by Sailors for the Sea for our commitment to creating a sustainable sailing event.

Check out the report:

 2015 Newport Stopover Sustainability Report



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