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Vestas 11th Hour Racing reunites with CISL to celebrate the values of sustainability leadership

last modified Jun 13, 2018 11:17 AM
7 June 2018 – In September the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) teamed up with Vestas 11th Hour Racing to deliver a tailored sustainability leadership programme to Vestas' talented sailors. Now back in European waters, the crew are taking the opportunity to reflect on their training and to offer a $10,000 grant towards CISL's Leadership Labs.

With the Volvo Ocean Race arriving back in Europe, Vestas 11th Hour Racing chose to bring things ‘full circle’ by giving back to CISL, in recognition of the impact of the sustainability leadership programme it delivered for the team in September. This is the 10th grant of the team’s legacy project in conjunction with their partner, 11th Hour Racing, which awards a $10,000 grant to a local environmental organisation at each stopover.

To mark the occasion team members from Vestas 11th Hour Racing spent an afternoon with Tony Juniper CBE, a Fellow with CISL. Mr Juniper kicked-off the team’s sustainability training at Cambridge University and was able to re-connect with the team on the progress of their sustainability plan as they’ve sailed around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race.

“In September, we sought to build the team’s confidence and leadership capabilities as ambassadors for sustainability – building their awareness of ocean health and climate change through an interactive and participate learning process”, said Tony Juniper. “Talking with some of the team in Cardiff it is clear the programme has had a profound impact on them. They have shown leadership in the actions they’ve taken as a team and clearly expressed individual commitment to taking action and raising awareness, which they plan to continue beyond the race to create a lasting impact.”

“It was truly an eye-opening experience visiting Cambridge, we learned about a range of topics that impact the ocean including plastic pollution, sea level rise, and climate change”, said Charlie Enright, skipper of Vestas 11th Hour Racing. “It’s not every day that you get to speak with scientists and experts that are at the forefront of understanding how and why our climate is changing and the multi-faceted issues our oceans face. Attending CISL’s workshop was an incredible experience that has stuck with me throughout the race – and I’m glad this grant will help others have this experience.”

The $10,000 grant will be allocated to CISL’s Sustainability Leadership Labs. It will provide funding for up to four applicants working in not-for-profit organisations in the marine and ocean health sectors to attend the Labs. The Sustainability Leadership Labs are two-day courses offering a deep dive into topics primarily shaped around the themes of circular economy and leadership – topics that have become essential parts of the Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summits.


This article was first published on, 7/6/2018

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