The collaboration – which will see One Ocean Foundation become Race For The Future partner of Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL ahead of SailGP Season 3 – will connect global business, world-class sport and cutting-edge science, to drive positive impact. Backed by an independent scientific committee, and working with a range of prestigious institutions, research centres and universities, the One Ocean Foundation aims to accelerate solutions to ocean issues by inspiring international leaders, promoting blue economy and improving knowledge through ocean literacy.
In Season 3 of SailGP, Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL will collaborate with One Ocean Foundation to analyse, track and reduce the carbon and plastic footprint of team operations as part of SailGP’s ground-breaking Impact League initiative.
The Impact League is unique in sport. A second leaderboard that runs alongside the SailGP Season Championship, it sees all 10 teams scored on their positive actions to reduce footprint and help accelerate innovation and inclusivity in the sport.
Nicolai Sehested, driver of Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL, explains: “As Danish sailors, sustainability is in our DNA, and we are passionate about protecting our oceans. We hope that our partnership with One Ocean Foundation will help us to set a new standard in sports by significantly reducing our footprint, using science to drive positive impact, and inspiring others to take action.”
Riccardo Bonadeo, President of One Ocean Foundation, says: “We are proud to partner with ROCKWOOL and Denmark SailGP Team in this unique collaboration featuring industry-leading global business, and world-class athletes, with the ocean at heart. We believe that, together, we can create positive and lasting change to inspire and engage others, in Denmark and beyond.”
The foiling F50 catamaran raced in SailGP will become a flying science lab in Season 3, thanks to a new, season-long experiment set to be conducted by Denmark SailGP Team’s world-class athletes.
In partnership with the One Ocean Foundation, the Danish team – featuring Olympic champions and world title winners – will collect a series of plankton samples in every SailGP venue, to create a first-ever global ocean health map of 11 iconic ocean cities around the planet. The samples will be sent to a lab to analyze the presence of pollutants, including microplastics, in the marine food webs to monitor the real-time health of the ocean in each location.
Denmark SailGP Team is now in Bermuda preparing for the first Sail Grand Prix of Season 3, which takes place on 14-15 May. The boat – emblazoned with Danish viking warrior Holger Danske – will also feature One Ocean Foundation branding as it races in the Great Sound.