Today Malizia II - Yacht Club de Monaco and its skipper Boris Herrmann are a genuine ambassador for the Principality, with the aim of showcasing the latter’s environmental commitment through a sports project. The objective of My Ocean Challenge is to promote the protection of the oceans, the importance of educating youngsters about this topic and the development of scientific marine research. It’s important for the Principality to show children how beautiful the oceans are and create new vocations whilst raising awareness about the different environmental challenges of the planet and the oceans.
“Initiated during June’s Monaco Globe Series when we invited the IMOCA class to Monaco for the first time, we’ve launched an educational programme with the Principality’s schools and our young racers. Inspiring and educating the latest generation with our sailing adventures, promoting the protection of the oceans with the youngest members of society who will go on to become future ambassadors and assisting scientists by gathering oceanic data during our sessions out on the water with Malizia II - Yacht Club de Monaco, such are the three main missions of this project", Pierre Casiraghi explains, founder of Team Malizia.
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With his project « Time For Oceans », skipper Stéphane Le Diraison is keen to rally together the public around the concept of preserving the oceans by highlighting the fact that everybody can and must act in this regard, because essentially it is from our activities on land which are responsible for this pollution.
Naturally, he supports the No Plastic Challenge. “As a skipper, I witness a vast amount of pollution, that relating to plastic being the most significant. It’s sickening to see all that man puts back into the Oceans,” he says. “I want to take action and encourage others to participate in the No Plastic Challenge, and the skippers in particular. I’m setting them a challenge: we’re ambassadors of this cause, please spread the word so it has the maximum amount of impact!”
Launched by the skipper in 2018, the No Plastic in My Sea association aims to combat plastic pollution and its consequences on the marine ecosystem. The association takes various action such as raising awareness about the ecological challenges of plastic, promoting more reasoned use of plastic and less polluting alternatives, combatting single-use plastic and supporting other actions with a similar goal.
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Launched in 2009, Alexia Barrier's 4myplanet project is a comprehensive project at the service of the planet. Entirely supported by the Principality of Monaco, this initiative aims to contribute to scientific and technological research dealing with environmental issues. The boat is a genuine scientific research laboratory capable of collecting data on the Oceans, which is then broadcast via satellite and transmitted during stopovers to organisations like the CNRS, Ifremer, WWF and the Fondation Albert. Furthermore, Alexia Barrier is keen to trial new technological solutions so that her voyages set an example in the field of carbon emissions.
The other objective of 4myplanet is to share her knowledge and help to educate youngsters about environmental issues using a teaching kit accessible to all, and recommended by ourselves, which is available here.
Paul Meilhat, ambassador of Surfrider and Ocean As Common, is a skipper who is highly committed to the protection of the oceans. Since 2010, he has been supporting Initiatives Océanes, whose focus is cleaning up the beaches. Thanks to his rising notoriety, his efforts in favour of the environment – recognised by the journalists and his community – have been a real boon for the association, which benefits from great visibility. In addition to that, Paul Meilhat has decided to create a partnership with the Figaro Bénéteau class in order to organise beach clean-ups with the skippers, shore teams, local associations and towns. Today, the skipper is very involved and is constantly extolling the importance of “thinking global and acting local”.
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For many years now, Louis Burton has been meeting up with schools and students. For example, in 2018, he gave numerous conferences in front of several hundred students across France. His goal is not only to talk about his races and share his passion for the ocean and offshore racing, but also to raise awareness among the new generations about the fragility of the marine environment and the need to battle to preserve its ecosystem. His programme "Je découvre le Monde avec Louis Burton”(I’m discovering the World with Louis Burton) was born from this special relationship with schools. The tooling, designed in collaboration with teachers, provides free, recreational resources to the latter. It enables children aged 6 to 10 to study the world of the sea by connecting it to a school programme and incorporating all the subjects.
“The kit is built around an educational approach. Through this tooling, I wanted to raise awareness among children from 6 upwards about the environmental issues by introducing them to the world of oceans. It’s an approach which starts at school and goes beyond pure initiation,” explains Louis Burton.