Please select your home edition
Edition
Yalikavak Marina Leaderboard

11th Hour Racing Team names veteran sailor Damian Foxall as Sustainability Manager

by 11th Hour Racing 7 Sep 2019 14:13 BST
Damian Foxall, vastly experienced Volvo Ocean Race sailor, was recently promoted to On Board Reporter on Vestas 11th Hour Racing. His application to join SINS (Society of Nautical Scribes) is expected in due course. © Jeremie Lecaudey / Volvo Ocean Race

Veteran Irish sailor Damian Foxall, former winner of The Ocean Race (formerly the "Volvo Ocean Race"), has been named Sustainability Manager for 11th Hour Racing Team.

Charlie Enright and Mark Towill -- Co-Founders of 1 Degree, the company the pair formed earlier this year to manage the 11th Hour Racing Team -- have set their sights on returning to The Ocean Race in 2021-2022 with 11th Hour Racing and have made sustainability and ocean health key pillars of their campaign.

"As life-long sailors, the members of the 11th Hour Racing Team are committed to being advocates for the ocean and lead by example in all aspects of our campaign, keeping the health of our oceans at the forefront of our decision-making process while promoting positive systemic change," said Enright.

Foxall is a long-time advocate for the sea, having worked as an education manager for the Canadian Wildlife Federation for five years before serving as the Sustainability Manager for Vestas 11th Hour Racing in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Foxall and his team effectively demonstrated how performance, sustainability, and business can merge into a successful and replicable model for the industry and beyond.

Foxall is also a six-time participant in The Ocean Race and was on-board Groupama, the French entry that won the 2011-12 Race. He has been an Ambassador for Sailors for the Sea and the Irish Sailing Association, and has had a lifelong passion for ocean conservation.

"Having Damian join our team as one of our earliest hires in the full-time role of Sustainability Manager underscores our commitment and will help the team lay the foundation of our sustainability strategy early in our campaign," said Towill. "Foxall is an influential voice in our sport around ocean conservation, the climate crisis and sustainable operations."

"The 11th Hour Racing team entry in The Ocean Race is an opportunity for us to share our team's vision of vibrant healthy oceans and communities supported and inspired by the sport of sailing," said Foxall. "I am delighted to take the helm of the team's sustainability program which will be guided by four leading principles of leadership, innovation, collaboration and legacy."

Foxall has been busy working with Enright and Towill throughout 2019 and will continue to work alongside the pair on a range of initiatives and projects related to team operations, logistics, boat construction and more with a full sustainability plan expected to be unveiled later this year.

"The task is to foster a team of leaders, explore Innovative solutions within the marine industry as we design and build a boat for The Ocean Race, collaborate with our partners and the marine supply chain to reduce our environmental footprints, and leave a lasting legacy by inspiring others to make changes. We are promoting a shift to a sustainable marine industry," said Foxall.

Related Articles

11th Hour Racing and Musto team up
Musto will provide high performance clothing for the next three years Musto, the world's leading premium technical sailing brand, has signed on with 11th Hour Racing Team as an official supplier for the next three years. Posted on 14 Jan
11th Hour Racing awards 12 new grants
To address environmental challenges of Coastal Communities 11th Hour Racing announced today a dozen new global grants to organizations that are addressing sea-level rise, habitat loss, science education for underserved students and plastics pollution. Posted on 12 Dec 2019
Shifting gears after the Transat Jacques Vabre
What's next for 11th Hour Racing? With the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre now in the rearview mirror, team leaders Mark Towill and Charlie Enright have quickly shifted focus to the next phase of 11th Hour Racing's campaign towards The Ocean Race in two years time. Posted on 26 Nov 2019
Food waste that protects soil & sea
200 million pounds of turkey is thrown away on Thanksgiving Did you know that Americans throw away 200 million pounds of turkey (NRDC) on Thanksgiving — and 40 million tons (EPA) of food annually? With only 326 towns and cities out of more than 19,000 (USPRIG) in the US offering curbside food waste collection Posted on 22 Nov 2019
11th Hour Racing sign Sustainability Policy
Mark Towill and Charlie Enright together with COO Bill Erkelens The team's Sustainability Policy defines the mission and vision of the team, while also committing the team to feature sustainability as a core value, demonstrating leadership, innovation, collaboration and leaving a legacy. Posted on 26 Oct 2019
11th Hour Racing start final countdown
Transat Jacques Vabre is their first big test Ever since serious discussions came together over the formation of the 11th Hour Racing Team, the two team leaders knew that the biennial transatlantic race from France to South America would be where 11th Hour Racing would first cut its teeth. Posted on 25 Oct 2019
11th Hour Racing announces official supplier
Marlow will be supplying the team with high performing lines Marlow Ropes Inc., the leading manufacturer of high performance cordage, has signed on with 11th Hour Racing Team as official supplier for the team's campaign focused on the next edition of The Ocean Race in 2021-2022. Posted on 8 Oct 2019
11th Hour Racing continues support of eXXpedition
All-female round the world 2019-2021 voyage This all-female pioneering ocean sailing expedition will circumnavigate the globe, raising awareness of and explore solutions to, the devastating environmental and health impacts of single-use plastics and toxic substances in the world's oceans. Posted on 28 Sep 2019
11th Hour Racing Team in the Azimut Challenge
Podium finish in team's first official race This past week marked the first official race for 11th Hour Racing Team in the Defi Azimut (Azimut Challenge) out of Lorient, France a city 40 miles south of where the team has been training for the Transat Jacques Vabre Posted on 25 Sep 2019
11th Hour Racing announces strategic partnership
With François Gabart's MerConcept MerConcept, the French offshore sailing company founded by sailing legend François Gabart, and 11th Hour Racing Team, headed by leading American ocean racers Mark Towill and Charlie Enright, announced a strategic partnership today. Posted on 14 Sep 2019