Starboard SUP have been selected by World Sailing as a finalist in their Sustainability Awards for 2020, but they need your vote to win.
The 2020 World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award is up for grabs and Starboard is in the running. They have some tough competition between three other finalists and need your help to win. Starboard are a market leader in their sustainable initiatives and the sailing community have recognised their dedication to protecting and regenerating the planet. Starboard will be a featured class in the 2024 Olympics Windsurf foiling with their iQFoil.
Four exceptional finalists have been shortlisted for the 2020 World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, showcasing the depth of global sustainability initiatives within the marine industry.
The 2020 nominees are the Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championship (NZL), MarkSetBot (USA), Northern Light Composites (NLComp) (ITA) and Starboard (THA).
The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award celebrates the effective execution or ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly-replicable sustainability initiatives, aligned to World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030.
For the first time in 2020, the public will be invited to vote for their favourite initiative, with the voting period running 27 November to 4 December.
Dan Reading, Head of Sustainability, Word Sailing commented, “The judges were impressed with the standard and variety of applications and I’m pleased that the finalists cover events, equipment production and innovation within the sport.
“We are delighted to introduce a public vote for the first time in 2020 to raise awareness of the organisations’ sustainability work and to inspire other organisations to build sustainability choices into their operations. I encourage the public to participate and share the vote to decide the winner as we all strive to contribute to sailing’s involvement in global sustainability.”
“At 11th Hour Racing we harness the power of sport to inspire solutions for the ocean, and it’s always exciting to see which initiatives are brought forward for this award within the sailing arena,” said 11th Hour Racing Managing Director Todd McGuire. “We look forward to the public’s feedback, and we hope that the momentum created by this award, now at its third edition, continues to spur organizations and individuals to explore new ideas in the field of sustainability, not only in sailing but also across other sports.”
The initial judging phase was conducted by Jan Dawson, World Sailing Vice-President 2016-2020, Mike Golding OBE, World Sailing Sustainability Commission Chair, Todd McGuire, Managing Director of 11th Hour Racing, Julie Duffus, Head of Sustainability for the Olympic Movement, and Jalese Gordon, Emerging Nations Programme graduate and Laser Radial sailor.
The winner of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award will receive a $10,000 USD prize to help further their sustainability activities, as well as an iconic trophy made from recycled carbon fibre which was sourced from an America’s Cup boat and infused with bio resin.
The public vote will open on 27 November and close on 4 December. The winner will be announced on 9 December.