Relay4Nature has been working behind the scenes with The Ocean Race teams to create momentum around the baton’s future mission.
Peter Thomson, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the Ocean first conceived the idea of Relay4Nature in October 2019 and proposed it to The Ocean Race later that year. With the global pandemic postponing 2020’s key summits to 2021 and 2022, The Ocean Race and its teams continued to explore the baton’s future mission.
To date, a prototype of the Relay4Nature baton has completed over 33,000 nautical miles. This has included: a global non-stop circumnavigation with Boris Herrmann in the Vendee Globe; two transatlantic passages with Charlie Enright and 11th Hour Racing Team; breaking a race record around Denmark with Bouwe Bekking and Team Childhood; and completing the Vendee Arctique race, again with Boris Herrmann. The baton additionally took part in the inaugural Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy in June 2020, with the Mirpuri Sailing Team.
Using The Ocean Race as a global platform for a catalyst change for our ocean, Relay4Nature will bring teams from across the sporting and science communities together in a call to action for better protection of our planet.
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Using the spirit of teamwork, a ‘baton’ for nature will be passed between sailing teams in The Ocean Race Europe, which takes place in May and June 2021, providing a voice for the ocean at key initiatives during the event. The baton and its collected messages of urgency will be presented at COP26 in Glasgow, scheduled to take place in November 2021. The baton will then join the next edition of The Ocean Race and will be carried by participating teams as they race around the world, via ten stopover cities.
The Ocean Race teams will call for world leaders to unite for effective, comprehensive and collaborative global ocean governance, placing nature, human and ocean rights at the centre of policy and action.