We are Racing For The Planet

With the promotion of marine conservation as one of the founding principles of the Mirpuri Foundation, the creation of a high-profile ocean racing team was seen as an imaginative and effective means of assisting the Foundation to carry its central message on the real perils currently facing our oceans and sea life to the four corners of the earth.
The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team will be competing in the next edition of The Ocean Race, with an underlying sustainability message.
“Our team will be competitive and will fight very hard for our causes as well as for the race trophy. It is a very special team of sailors with a genuine interest in the environment, for sustainability and for the values of the Mirpuri Foundation.” - Paulo Mirpuri.

  • Sailors


Bernardo Freitas

Bernardo Freitas started sailing at the age of eight and went on to become a national champion in the classes of Optimist, 420 and SB20, while also reaching the World Top 25 in the 49er class. Since an early age, the young athlete has had two dreams: taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race and in the Olympic Games. In 2012, he represented Portugal in the London Olympics, where he reached an honorable 8th place and earned an Olympic Diploma, and in 2017-18 he took part in the Volvo Ocean Race as part of the Mirpuri Foundation team, for which he was honoured by The President of Portugal, Professor Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The Volvo Ocean 65 Class has been designed, engineered and built to be a high performance racing machine.

The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team boat, named ‘Racing for the Planet’, is numbered VO65-1, being the first built of eight vessels in all, and has a great pedigree. It is the winning yacht from the 2017–2018 edition of the Race. Since being acquired by the Mirpuri Foundation, the boat has undergone a 6 500 man-hour refit. A four-month-long process which saw literally everything on the boat being stripped out and replaced prior to the yacht’s delivery to the Mirpuri Foundation for its official baptism in November 2019, including its new ‘Racing for the Planet’ livery proudly on display.