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 is 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, and we will be touring the world 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 will be 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.
For the inaugural Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy, Yoann Richomme is joined for the special occasion by a one-off, star-studded team including two-time winner of the Ocean Race, Charles Caudrelier. Crew has a combined 12 outings in the Volvo Ocean Race including winner Jack Bouttell, Nicolas Lunven, Frederico Melo, Bernardo Freitas, Emily Nagel and Willy Altadill .
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, and in anticipation of the 2021 Ocean Race, 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.