Velux 5 Oceans skippers competing for sustainability prize

Velux 5 Oceans skipper Derek Hatfield onboard his yacht Activehouse finishing Ocean Sprint 4, from Punta del Este Uruguay to Charleston, USA in second place.
Ainhoa Sanchez/Velux 5 Oceans
Velux 5 Oceans skippers will focus on their race environment and the lengths they go to to be green on the oceans, for the final sustainability theme of the race.*

Having already taken an in-depth look at water, food and power, during ocean sprint five the four Eco 60 skippers will reflect on the past eight months of racing round the world and look forward to a more sustainable future in ocean yacht racing.

The skipper who best communicates about their experiences at sea in relation to the theme will be awarded the sprint five sustainability prize. The sustainability award supports the Velux 5 Oceans’ own green mission Taking On The Elements, built around the principle that through sustainable practices at sea the skippers can educate and inspire people on land to change the way they live their lives.

The skippers are competing for their share of a €10,000 sustainability prize fund, split between ocean sprints three, four and five. The Eco 60 Class is governed by a number of regulations designed to limit costs and encourage positive environmental practices, promoting limited fossil fuel consumption and seeking to develop wind, solar and hydro power to take a message of sustainable living around the world.

Supporting the skippers, the Velux 5 Oceans race team will also explore the theme of race environment during ocean sprint four. We will also be teaming up with our race partners Velux, Maersk Line and Sailors for the Sea who will be offering their input on their own sustainable practices and vision.

'Sustainability is a very important part of our business agenda,' said Velux Group’s Anne-Marie Hasselbalch, Velux 5 Oceans project director. 'Therefore, as title sponsor, we are keen to support the race theme. In the Velux Group we develop designs of future buildings which are carbon neutral, energy efficient and have healthy indoor climate.'

The winner of the sprint four sustainability prize will be announced on Friday following the sprint four prize giving ceremony.

Ask the Velux 5 Oceans Skippers A Question – LIVE!
Don’t miss today’s first round of webchats with the Velux 5 Oceans skippers live on webcam – your chance to ask your favourite sailors any question you like.

Timetable for webchats:

Brad Van Liew (USA): 1300 EST (1700 UTC)
Derek Hatfield (CAN): 1330 EST (1730 UTC)

The 30-minute webchats will be hosted on the Eco 60 class website website.

Velux 5 Oceans: Website

*The Velux 5 Oceans 2011 route was La Rochelle (FRA), Cape Town (SA), Wellington (NAL), Punta del Este (URG) and Charleston (USA). The final sprint begins May 14th.