Sustainable Races


In 2007, the Transat Jacques Vabre launched a sustainable development programme: Put out to sea, take action for the earth. This programme, has developed year on year and today it comprises over 40 actions geared around societal, educational and environmental themes, such as the involvement of people engaging in community service, the elimination of single-use plastic in all the venues managed by the organisation, 100% selective sorting of the village waste, no fliers in the village, highlighting of ‘soft’ (human-powered) transport, actions to raise public awareness, etc.

Moreover, the organisers of the Coffee Route have signed the charter detailing the 15 environmentally-friendly pledges of sports event organisations, launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Sports, in partnership with the NGO WWF France, and are joining forces with the Ocean as Common appeal, in a bid to consider all marine spaces, be they coastal or offshore, as a shared resource of Mankind.

The Transat Jacques Vabre, recognised as a prime example of an eco-friendly event by the Ademe in 2009, fleshes out its commitments from one edition to the next in a bid to take practical action and raise public awareness.


In 2019-2020, the IMOCA class is planning to write a commitment charter together with The Ocean Race. That way, the class will associate with one of the most engaged race, in order to promote sustainable initiatives, and develop new onboard energy systems on the boats, to limit our global impact on the oceans. 

During the 2017-18 edition of the legendary round the world race, The Ocean Race chose to focus on sustainabilty, and mainly on reducing plastic pollution in our oceans. The Ocean Race proposed an action plan with numerous concrete initiatives such as the organisation of Ocean Summits and workshops in 7 host cities around the world. 

Moreover, the Turn the Tide on Plastic boat took part in the race, to spread the message around the globe. An educational kit has also been distributed in 38 different countries. The scientific program conducted during the whole race offered a perfect opportunity to gather data on the extent of plastic pollution, with microplastics found in the most remote parts of the oceans. The Ocean Race put sustainability at the core of its race, and has a real ambition of being a catalyst for positive change inside and outisde the sailing world. 

Today, the new relation between the IMOCA class and The Ocean Race goes along the wish of the skippers themselves, to contribute and act for a real change. It is necessary that all the different actors of our sport 'sail with purpose'. 

The Ocean Race offers an educational kit, for childrens from all around the world. This program is currently available on this page