200803_11HRT_TRANSATFRA2USA_0586.DNG - 11th Hour Racing Team crosses the North Atlantic from Concarneau, France, to Newport, Rhode Island for the first offshore training session of 2020.

The Ocean Race Summits return to Newport, RI, USA, to shine a light on ocean health

Summit series event in September will give a platform to leading voices with a focus on collaborative solutions that restore ocean health and abundance The next edition of The Ocean Race Summits will be an engaging, interactive, virtual conference, based out of Newport, RI, where the Summit concept was pioneered over five years ago during…

MS Roald Amundsen sailing along the West Coast of Norway.|

Historic images – First ever cruise ship to sail on battery power

These images show Hurtigruten’s hybrid powered MS Roald Amundsen making maritime history – as the first cruise ship in the world to sail purely on battery power. The moment – when the brand new expedition cruise ship moved through the water silent and completely emission free, powered by her large battery packs only – was…

New working group formed to tackle lobster pot hazard

Multi-agency task force set to review small craft fishing gear entanglements Following previous work by the RYA coupled with the campaign and petition pursued by the Cruising Association, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has convened the first meeting of the Lobster Pots and Small Craft Safety Working Group. The meeting resulted in a multi-stakeholder consensus…

Inmarsat-backed Row4Ocean’s brave record bid ends but inspirational message is received loud and clear

Supported by Inmarsat, Row4Ocean has been forced to abandon its ambitious attempt to break four ocean rowing world records, but delivery of the team’s inspirational message about the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans continues to gather momentum after a courageous battle in the Atlantic. The team of Patrick Bol, Lewis Knollman, Andrew Ruinoff…

eneloop hoists the sails for ambassadors’ tour

On Friday 22 June battery brand eneloop launched its first ambassadors in the eneloop ambassadors’ tour. During this ecological relay race, twelve international two-person teams will each travel for one week through Europe to raise awareness for a green goal: Aktionsgemeinschaft Artenschutz (AGA). The page ‘likes’ they collect along the way will at the end…

Volvo Ocean Race – A platform for innovation and change

A platform for innovation and change – The Ocean Summit, during the Cardiff stopover, has seen a range of announcements that provide further momentum in the fight against plastic pollution. Following a video address from Prince Charles, announcements from the Welsh Government, Iceland Foods and new microplastics data from the Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme…

St. Katharine Docks, London continue to fight against plastics in the ocean with the Thames paddle board challenge

St. Katharine Docks, central London’s only marina, is committed to continuing the fight against plastics in the ocean. Working with The Whale Company, the challenge is to paddle the length of the Thames on recycled plastic bottle SUPs to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the waterways and to deliver a ‘Message in a Bottle’…

Torqeedo and WhisperPower collaborate to develop DC Generator

To extend the range of a yacht or ship equipped with a Torqeedo Deep Blue Hybrid electric propulsion system, Torqeedo has, in close collaboration with WhisperPower, developed a 25 kW 350V DC variable speed diesel generator. Torqeedo has named the generator the Range Extender. The generator has been specifically designed for recreational and commercial applications…

Lobster Pot Campaign Petition: Cruising Association praises Government response

The Cruising Association (CA) has welcomed the Government response to its petition ‘Lobster Pots and Small Craft Safety – time to change the rules!’ which recently closed with 10,770 signatures. “This signals change, and for the better. Government is now ‘looking at areas in which the enforcement of regulations can be enhanced’ but is also open to,…

Vestas 11th Hour Racing Meets World Renowned Orca Researcher Dr. Ingrid Visser

Ahead of the start of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race from New Zealand to Brazil, Vestas 11th Hour Racing team members gathered at the Weiti River, just outside Auckland, to spend the morning exploring the estuary as Dr. Visser explained Orca Research Trust’s work. A few years ago, Tony Mutter watched a documentary on…