HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The Ocean Race Summits started with a stand-alone event during the 2014-15 edition of the Race, at the stopover in Newport, Rhode Island on the east coast of the USA.
Following the success of that initial event, The Ocean Race Summits have evolved into one of the main pillars of The Ocean Race’s award-winning Racing with Purpose sustainability programme, which has been developed in collaboration with 11th Hour Racing, a Premier Partner of The Ocean Race.
During the 2017-18 edition, a series of Summits were scheduled at strategic stopovers in the Race bringing together a range of key players from the worlds of sport, industry, government, science and passionate ocean advocates to showcase innovative solutions to the global crisis of ocean plastic and to inspire action to help turn the tide on this urgent and most pressing issue.
The success of the Summits has led them to be held more frequently and outside of the Race, to reflect that action for the ocean cannot wait. The events also feature Action Labs and/or Innovation Workshops, which allow a deep dive into solutions with attendees encouraged to participate.
Since that first event in the spring of 2015, The Ocean Race Summits have collectively seen thousands of attendees, both in-person and online, come together to work towards the restoration of ocean health.
At past events, mayors, governors and ministers have signed their cities, states and countries up to the Clean Seas programme, while companies such as Volvo Cars made public commitments to reducing their use of plastics.
We have seen regional and national governments, businesses and a range of ocean advocates lead by example, making solid commitments to help stop the ubiquitous spread of plastic in our seas.
Now the focus of the Summits has expanded beyond plastic pollution to take on the larger challenge of ocean health and explore how rights could help to secure the future of our incredible blue planet. Collaboration remains at the heart of the events, because it is only by working together that we can drive the change that our ocean, and indeed our planet, urgently needs.
Head to our YouTube channel to view sessions and highlights from our last event, The Ocean Race Summit Seychelles.