Corpus Christi Yacht Club Wins 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award

Pictured above: Todd McGuire, 11th Hour Racing Program Director, Mark Foster, Katherine Martin, Sandi Carl, and Elizabeth Kratzig, volunteers at the event, and Jan Dawson, Vice-President, World Sailing. Photo credit: World Sailing
Photo by World Sailing.

SARASOTA, Fla. (November 1, 2018) – The Corpus Christi Yacht Club (CCYC), host of the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships in July, was honored with World Sailing’s 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award at the World Sailing Annual Conference Tuesday, October 30 in Sarasota, Fla. The award celebrates the effective execution or ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly-replicable sustainability initiatives. Driven by the dedication of the CCYC volunteer Green Team, the Youth Worlds was the first World Sailing Championship with a focus on ocean conservation and sustainability.

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“At the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships, the Corpus Christi Yacht Club showed the world that they can put on a first-class regatta, while being stewards of the ocean and our environment,” said Jack Gierhart, CEO of US Sailing. “The CCYC volunteers set an example for sailing events around the world to follow and are well deserving of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award. It is great to have 11th Hour Racing supporting this initiative and we are confident that this is going to be an executable blueprint for sustainable regattas moving forward.”

Todd McGuire, 11th Hour Racing Program Director, presented event organizers Sandi Carl, Mark Foster and Elizabeth Kratzig with the iconic perpetual trophy that is made from recycled carbon fiber, from an America’s Cup boat, and bioresin.

The Green Team implemented sustainable practices, reaching the Sailors for the Sea’s Platinum Level of Clean Regattas. Creating educational opportunities and legacy programs, CCYC broke new ground, creating a benchmark for future World Sailing Championships to follow. They implemented many of World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030 initiatives, showcasing the dedication, hard work, and power of volunteers.