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A truckload of plastic enters our oceans every minute. At this rate, by 2050 the amount of plastic in our oceans is expected to outweigh the fish. Now’s the time to Turn the Tide on Plastic and make small changes to stop our oceans drowning in plastic.

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

Turn the Tide on Plastic THE JOURNEY SO FAR

In October 2017 Sky Ocean Rescue partnered with Volvo Ocean Race team Turn the Tide on Plastic, using the race as a global platform to reach millions around the world on the issues of single-use plastic. Sky Ocean Rescue is inspiring simple, everyday changes to stop our oceans from drowning in plastic.


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About Sky Ocean Rescue

There is hope for our oceans. Sky Ocean Rescue is inspiring people to make changes in their everyday lives to stop our oceans from drowning in plastic. As part of our mission we will lead by example and find innovative solutions to the problem of ocean plastics. Working together we can make a huge difference. Just make small changes to your everyday life like ... Say NO to straws Use a reusable cup or bottle Take a bag for life Bring back the lunchbox! Do your bit and #PassOnPlastic


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“We have all bought into the message of reducing single-use plastic. We have seen the consequences first hand and we now have the sense to say no when we can. We always use a bag for life, have refillable water bottles and carry our own thermal mugs. It’s the small change of behaviour that will make the big difference in the end.” Dee Caffari MBE Skipper


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Turn the Tide on Plastic

Turn the Tide on Plastic is a mixed gender, youth-focused team, led by Britain’s Dee Caffari. Working with Sky Ocean Rescue and United Nations Environment’s ‘CleanSeas campaign’, the team has helped raise awareness of the danger of using single-use plastic around the world.

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Dee Caffari Skipper Nationality: British DOB: 23 January 1973

Martin Stromberg Watch Captain Nationality: Swedish DOB: 3 April 1982

Liz Wardley Boat Captain Nationality: Australian DOB: 6 December 1979

Dee makes her debut as skipper in this Volvo Ocean Race. She is the only woman to have sailed solo around the world in both directions!

This is Martin’s fourth edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. He graduated from Sweden’s International Sailing Academy and is known for his cool and calm persona on-board.

First taking skipper status at the age of just 19, she is the acknowledged expert on the team, having spent thousands of hours racing the Volvo Ocean 65 and working on the fleet’s subsequent refit.

Annalise Murphy Crew Member Nationality: Irish DOB: 1 February 1970

= Nick Lunven Crew member Nationality: French DOB: 28 November 1982

Francesca Clapcich Crew member Nationality: Italian DOB: 28 January 1988

A silver medallist at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, Annalise was awarded the Irish Times/ Sport Ireland 2016 Sportswoman of the Year.

A renowned solo sailor, Nick won the Solitaire du Figaro in 2009.

Francesca competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but is new to offshore sailing. Having joined the Italian air force after graduation, she is also a qualified CrossFit instructor.

Henry Bomby Crew member Nationality: British DOB: 31 January 1991 An Artemis Offshore graduate, Henry has competed in four Solitaire du Figaro campaigns. At the age of 18 he set off to sail single-handed around Britain.

Lucas Chapman Crew member Nationality: Australian DOB: 5 May 1992 Though just a rookie in the Volvo Ocean Race, Lucas has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has completed the Sydney-Hobart five times.

Frederico Pinheiro de Melo Crew member Nationality: Portuguese DOB: 13 July 1987 This is Frederico’s first time sailing offshore, previously competing in the Extreme Sailing Series. He proudly represented Portugal at the Olympic Games.

Bianca Cook Crew member Nationality: New Zealand DOB: 25 June 1989 Another Volvo Ocean Race rookie, Bianca has a degree in graphic design and has significant offshore experience, having accumulated 70,000 offshore miles in the last few years.

=lodie-Jane Mettraux E Crew member Nationality: Swiss DOB: 7 November 1984

Bleddyn Mon Crew member Nationality: Welsh DOB: 21 November 1991

Bernardo Freitas Crew member Nationality: Portuguese DOB: 18 February 1990

Elodie has a rich sailing background with the Geneva Training Centre and also won the amateur ranking in the 2012 Tour de France Ă la Voile.

From the age of 10 Bleddyn had decided on a career in sailing and he became a World and European champion in the 29er class in his teenage years.

A London 2012 Olympian, Bernardo knew at the age of 8 that he wanted to sail for a living. He has key racing experience and is a self-proclaimed high-speed offshore racing addict.

Brian Thompson Navigator Nationality: Welsh DOB: 05 March 1962 Brian was the first Brit to break the round the world record twice and the first to sail nonstop around the world four times. He is vastly experienced, having already won the Volvo Ocean Race back in 2005-6.

2017-18 Route

Arctic Ocean



Hong Kong Lisbon




Pacific Ocean

Atlantic Ocean

Cape Town RSA Cape Town



Indian Ocean




Gothenburg Cardiff Newport




Atlantic Ocean



The Hague


Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other. Over four decades it has kept an almost mythical hold over some of the greatest ever sailors – and the 2017-18 edition is taking the teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities.

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Sustainability programme

On top of the challenges the team are facing racing around the world’s oceans, they are also taking time to collect data on microplastics, to contribute to a better understanding of plastic pollution in our oceans. The sustainability programme sits alongside Sky Ocean Rescue’s mission to inspire simple, everyday changes to stop our oceans from drowning in plastic, calling on businesses, governments and individuals to play their part.

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“We’ve now sailed more than half way across the world and seeing the amount of plastic ruining our oceans is heart breaking. Even in some of the most remote parts of the world, where the closest human life to us is in the International Space Station, we still see plastic floating along. It’s surreal.” Annalise Murphy


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5 million

single-use plastic bags are used in the UK every day

7 million

coffee cups are thrown away in the UK every day

Beach cleans

The team take part in beach clean activities, discovering a wide range of single-use items which have been washed up or left on the beaches around the world.

8.5 billion plastic straws are used in the UK per year

“We are being watched by the albatross who glide effortlessly over the crests of the breaking waves, guardians of the South. Then we see polystyrene tumbling across a wave. It was a large amount. Imagine a big kitchen appliance or large screen TV … I mean, who gets deliveries down here? This, over time will break down and the beautiful albatross and petrels down here will confuse the micro-plastics for food. So sad and so humbling to see our message is so real.” Dee Caffari MBE, Leg 3

“I am looking forward to having a shower and a real bed and pizza and beer, but I am also pretty happy out here.� Annalise Murphy

Photo Credit Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean Race Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race James Blake/Volvo Ocean Race Brian Carlin/Volvo Ocean Race Jen Edney/Volvo Ocean Race Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race Martin Keruzore/Volvo Ocean Race Cover image: Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race

The FSC logo identifies products that contain wood from well managed forests and controlled sources, certified in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council Š 2018 Forest Stewardship Council A.C.

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Coffee table book highlighting Turn the Tide on Plastic yacht journey in the Volvo race 2017-18

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Coffee table book highlighting Turn the Tide on Plastic yacht journey in the Volvo race 2017-18