Odyssey

Race for Water, it is urgent we take action!

We’re facing an unprecedented environmental disaster on a planetary scale. 80% of this marine pollution stems from plastic waste. It gets carried along by the rainwater and drains into waterways where it ultimately reaches the sea and breaks down into microparticles of plastic, which float amidst the oceanic gyres. Their impact on biodiversity and the marine food chain is alarming, from the plankton to the largest cetacean, nothing is safe!
If we do nothing, in 2050, there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans…
Our vision - Our mission

PLASTIC WASTE IS THE PROBLEM and THE SOLUTION

From the information gleaned during the 2015 odyssey, it is a statement of fact to say that “plastic islands” do not exist, so heading out to collect plastic waste at sea proves to be but a pipedream. Indeed, at the heart of the oceans languishes a soup of microplastics, which drifts about at the mercy of the oceanic gyres. What there is on the surface represents less than 1% of the plastics in the ocean. “We very quickly became aware that the solution was on land. Combined action is essential in preventing plastic waste from reaching the waterways and the oceans through the development of sustainable social models and business models that inspire its collection. It is vital that we take action!” explains Marco Simeoni, President of the Race for Water Foundation.

of marine waste comprises plastics
OUR PROGRAMMES

The Race for Water Foundation

The Race for Water Foundation is an organisation dedicated to the preservation of water and the oceans. Today, seriously under threat from plastic pollution, it is imperative that we protect what is an essential resource for life.
Our odysseys

To be on the ground, to understand and to find appropriate solutions!

A situational analysis of the pollution of the oceans.

The Race for Water Odyssey aboard a racing trimaran set sail on 15 March 2015 from Bordeaux in France.
This expedition was aimed at visiting the beaches on islands situated within the 5 gyres of waste.
Objective: to make an initial global analysis of the pollution of the oceans via plastics and underline the consequences of the latter on populations.

  • 300 days
  • 17 stopovers
  • 32 000 miles covered across 5 oceans
  • 30 sampling ranges
  • 15 420 macro-waste collected
  • 192 250 microparticules collected

The odyssey of hope: plastics are The problem and The solution.

This latest 5-year expedition around the world demonstrates the existence of practical solutions for preserving the oceans. On the one hand, we’re demonstrating that if we take action on land, it is possible to curb the pollution of the oceans, rivers and lakes. On the other, we’re accelerating energy transition by demonstrating that a vessel powered by a mixture of solar-hydrogen-kite energies is capable of completing a remarkable 5-year odyssey around the world (2017-2021).

  • 5 years
  • 38 stopovers
  • “Act” projects underway “Value chain for converting Plastic waste into energy”
  • 10 scientific programmes
  • 50 000 children, decision-makers and government authorities expected aboard Race For Water
Our boat

Race for Water, an ambassador of energy transition, her only sources of energy being the sun, the wind and the ocean.

Tour of the vessel
5 crew members
of the work surface
100 tonnes
8 knots maximum speed
16 à 26 m
30 à 35 m
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RACE FOR WATER ODYSSEY 2017-2021

Race for Water is continuing its commitment and heading back out for a 5-year expedition around the world, at the service of science and energy transition.
208 sailing days
12 stopovers
16030 miles covered

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