The 52 SUPER SERIES is globally recognised as the world’s leading grand-prix monohull racing circuit. As one of the leading pioneers promoting and embracing sustainable sailing, the 52 SUPER SERIES has set out strategies and targets in order to ensure we enhance and improve our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of regattas year on year.
As of 2022, the 52 SUPER SERIES has broadened our horizons and sought to share our messages with a wider audience outside of sailing with new sustainability partner Kick Out Plastic. This new partnership will allow the circuit to work with new audiences and help promote positive changes, and increase awareness about the real need to make sustainable choices. With leading ambassadors from different sports sectors, Kick Out Plastic helps us unite, aiming for a common goal that is “sport has the power to change the world.”
Our Operational Impact assessment continues to reflect positive progress.
At each of 2022’s five venues, the 52 SUPER SERIES sought to work with or publicise keynote local initiatives. As just one example in beautiful Baiona at the first regatta the circuit highlighted a project where the local fishing community work to remove debris from fishing nets, most typically plastics and metals, which are repurposed. This association, named ATALAIA Redeiras do Baixo Miño, has a leading and positive role among the nautical industry in the Galician province, an initiative which when publicised through the 52 SUPER SERIES media channels inspires others around the world. Bear in mind the 52 SUPER SERIES social media channels achieved over 13.5m impressions during 2022.
And once more, highlighting its diversified approach to sustainability the 52 SUPER SERIES redistributed fresh, unused leftover food each day from both Puerto Portals and Barcelona, contributing to feeding nearly 500 individuals in need over the course of the two regattas.
This simple initiative gains more traction each year and should be followed by other big participation sailing events where individuals or teams might normally bin or compost their unused food.
Regular information and education seminars for young sailors and watersports users at each venue continue to be popular with the youngsters who share their learnings about making environmentally responsible choices at home and with their friends. That they have a chance to see the grand prix racing TP52s up close and personal and meet team members also inspires them to get the most from their sports.
The Bluewater filtration system on site at each regatta is hugely popular and used by all sailing teams, organisers and local operatives for their daily drinking water requirements. Over the 2022 season this amounted to over 16,600 litres of water. Now everyone utilises re-usable bottles this also removes a potential need for over 30,000 plastic bottles.
Beach clean ups and a strict recycling policy means the 52 SUPER SERIES always leaves venues and towns in a cleaner state, better informed and more motivated for the future. A positive, lasting legacy is always what the 52 SUPER SERIES seeks to leave behind.
Results of our Sustainability Journey
- The Bluewater water station has filtered a total of 84,805 Litres of purified drinking water to sailors and passers-by.
- Number of Plastic Water Bottles substituted and so not utilised – 127,332
- Waste Diverted from Landfill – 56.32%
- Kilograms of Trash Collected at Beach Clean Ups – 963.7
- Amount of People Fed – 1,118
- Kilograms of Food Leftovers Collected – 687,55
- Platinum Level Clean Regattas
Together with our different partners and constantly striving to extend our reach and our positive influence we believe that together we can encourage and educate more and more people to make positive, climate conscious decisions. Added together this can and will have a positive effect.
Bluewater, a world leader in residential and commercial water purification, has really helped in our efforts in the battle against single-use plastic in a very tangible and practical way. They provide drinking water refill points for the 52 SUPER SERIES teams, staff and guests and the use of the Bluewater water refill points are now absolutely first and only choice for all on site.
We have teamed up with Ecoworks Marine to supply the teams and the organisation with their “Preserve the Living Seas” range of eco-friendly and MARPOL (MARine POLlution) compliant boat cleaning products.