Greenest Team of the Year, Team Phoenix are Naturals at Sustainability
At the end of their debut season with the 52 SUPER SERIES, Hasso and Tina Plattner’s crew on Phoenix were crowned “Greenest Team of the Year” at the final prize-giving ceremony held in Valencia on Saturday. Determined, consistent and with a high attention to detail, they displayed all the hallmarks of any 52 SUPER SERIES champion to scoop the annual sustainability award. Their prize, a water hydration station donated by 52 SUPER SERIES Sustainability Partner, Bluewater, will be installed in Puerto Portals to help leave a positive legacy on the popular Balearic Island.
The 52 SUPER SERIES is well known for its strong focus on high performance – stripped-down racing boats, highly-engineered technology, and ultra-efficient systems – as well as its robust sustainability strategy and initiatives backed by the partnership with 11th Hour Racing. Finishing in seventh place in their first ever season with the world’s leading monohull racing circuit, Phoenix has displayed these qualities not only in their racing, but also in their sustainability initiatives.
The team put their entire operation under the microscope, from how they refill their water bottles throughout the day, to how they wrap their sandwiches.
Their days start like most others’ – with an energy-jolting shot of espresso; but rather than using regular coffee capsules, the team invested in a small barista machine, gave all crew members their own mug, and opted for sugar cubes over paper sachets, all to help reduce unnecessary waste.
They prefer reusable food containers to cling-film and food packaging. They meticulously compost and recycle instead of throwing everything into the general trash bins. They use stainless steel water bottles because they last longer than aluminium ones. They buy in bulk instead of individually. They coordinate group flights instead of booking several individual ones, allowing for carpooling to and from the airport. And they use eco-friendly Ecoworks Marine cleaning products instead of other off-the-shelf chemically-based products that harm the marine life. The list goes on.