The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team has been honored by the Portuguese Government after the winning of the Ocean Race Europe.

The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team has been honored by the Portuguese Minister of Maritime Affairs, Ricardo Serrão Santos, the Secretary of State for Fisheries, Teresa Coelho and the Secretary of State of Youth and Sport João Paulo Rebelo after the winning of the Ocean Race Europe, the world’s most famous and toughest offshore racing sailing event by teams.

At ceremonies held at Lisbon, with the presence of Paulo Mirpuri, the President of the Mirpuri Foundation, the Minister and the Secretaries of State led tributes to portuguese sailors Frederico Melo, Bernardo Freitas, Mariana Lobato and boat captain António Fontes, and gifts were exhanged.

Eduardo Almeida Faria and Admiral Alexandre da Fonseca, from Revista da Marinha also privileged the ceremony with their presence and continuous support.

The VO65 Racing for the Planet boat with Portuguese flag and skippered by Yoann Richomme won the 2000-nautical mile race from Lorient to Genova, Italy, with stops in Cascais, Portugal, and Alicante, Spain along the way.

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.

During the ceremonies, President Paulo Mirpuri shared with the government dignitaries some of the others Mirpuri Foundation Marine Conservation projects, as “The Good Bottle“, an innovative package that is 100% biodegradable and was developed for the welfare of humanity.

The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team sailed around Europe with an underlying sustainability message.