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More Speed Less Plastic reaches a major target in New Zealand

by Giuliano Luzzatto 21 Mar 10:31 GMT

From the launch of the More Speed Less Plastic initiative in January 2023, more than 5 tons of plastic waste will be diverted from entering our ocean

Despite the underwhelming result in New Zealand, Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL did take the third highest speed in Lyttelton Harbour as it clocked 85.9 km/hr - converting to 859 kilograms of ocean-bound waste diverted as part of its More Speed Less Plastic initiative with ROCKWOOL and One Ocean Foundation.

Event winners Canada SailGP Team took the top speed of the weekend, hitting 88.2 km/hr, which means that One Ocean Foundation will divert 882 kilograms of ocean-bound waste on behalf of the team and its sponsor OceanWise.

That makes more than five tonnes of waste diverted since the team launched the More Speed Less Plastic initiative in Singapore two months ago, in collaboration with three teams - New Zealand SailGP Team, Switzerland SailGP Team and Canada SailGP Team.

"It's really pleasing that we've hit this landmark with More Speed Less Plastic so soon, and great that a collection of our competitors have helped us towards an impressive target. SailGP is all about rivalry on the water and collaboration off it - and with the help of ROCKWOOL and One Ocean Foundation we're making a big impact together as we go racing."

The Danes still sit second overall in SailGP's groundbreaking Impact League rankings as the final event of the season nears. Last year's winners, New Zealand, lead the table which scores every team on its sustainability initiatives in each SailGP event.

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