Plastics Out of the Ocean with ORCV

Plastics Out of the Ocean with ORCV

Last month the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) hosted the 2019 Melbourne to Apollo Bay yacht race, in conjunction with a new initiative for the health of our oceans.

Alvaro Maz, a member of the Faster Forward crew led a pilot campaign called Plastics out of the Ocean, raising awareness of and sharing ideas about ocean conservation amongst the sailing community. “As someone who cares about the health of our planet, I’ve always been interested in ways that I can have an impact that scales; something that can change behaviour and the value we put on our natural environment, not just create more choices to greenwash our everyday living”, writes Maz.

In just 4 weeks the initiative was able to garner the support of the ORCV and race Steering Committee and spread the word to all Apollo Bay race competitors. Encouraging the reduction of plastics on board and sharing sustainable ways of running boats, teams also fundraised a total $2,525 for the campaign, which they have chosen to donate to the Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

Special thanks go to Algy Rose, Blue Water Tracks, Shimmer and Faster Forward crews for your support.

But it doesn’t end there! With a successful trial under their belt, the team from ORCV plan to extend their crowd-funding campaign to the biggest event in the sailing calendar, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Thank you ORCV for your efforts and generosity, and we look forward to the next chapter of Plastics Out of the Ocean!

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Written by Alexis Farr

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