Known as one of the toughest and longest sporting events in the world, the Ocean Race is the ultimate sailor marathon that spans 40,000 miles over six months and seven different countries. Again, two OceanPack RACE systems and two Microplastic Samplers by SubCtech are on board the IMOCAs.
Boris Herrmann (Team Malizia) & Charlie Enright (11th Hour Racing Team) both have the RACE system on board for recording scientific data. IMOCAs by Benjamin Dutreux & Robert Stanjek (GUYOT environnement – Team Europe) and Kevin Escoffier (Team Holcim – PRB) added the Microplastic Sampler to collect microplastics from the surface of the oceans during the race.
In this way, they will be able to study little explored areas of the worlds oceans.
This data is used to enrich the dataset to establish scenarios on global warming and ocean pollution.
Live data during the race, that will start on 15/01/2023 with the route around the world is available here: https://www.theoceanrace.com/en/racing/tracker
Nature has been integral to The Ocean Race since we first set sail in 1973. It’s at the heart of what we do – the race track that we compete on and the wind that powers our boats – but it is deteriorating fast. We’ve expanded our focus beyond ocean plastic pollution to include climate change, ocean protection and governance. And we are placing the recognition of the ocean’s rights in the spotlight. (The Ocean Race Website)
We are proud to be part of this process and to be the main manufacturer of these ocean analysis systems, that record the needed data during the rough rides through the world oceans.
See the NBC video documentation of Charlie Enright (11th Hour Racing Team), who talks about the race around the world and our system: