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Love Water are true champs

The team behind the trimaran Love Water were already champions in our minds when they joined hands with WWF to raise awareness about the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans.

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From the moment Love Water arrived in Cape Town, it was clear that this multihull vessel was something special.

Dubbed the “big dogs” of the Cape2Rio 2020 race, the ocean-going, multihull racing vessel Love Water was pitching itself against the race champion Maserati – aiming to break the record for the trans-Atlantic crossing in eight days.

 

The trimaran is one of the 10 fastest ocean-crossing yachts in the world and had sailed to Cape Town from Portugal to prepare for the start of the Cape2Rio.

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VIPs who attended a special WWF event at the Waterfront had a chance to take a few selfies with the vessel.

Love Water was berthed in the V&A Waterfront outside the Table Bay Hotel during its weeks of preparation. It was here that Rick Garratt, crew member and chairman of HomeChoice, signed the South African Plastics Pact on behalf of his company at a special WWF event. HomeChoice is one of the first South African companies to have made this commitment to tackle plastic pollution in their day-to-day business.

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The crew of eight, led by skipper Craig Sutherland, also promised to highlight stories about plastic pollution during their projected eight days of racing using the hashtag #ourplasticourproblem.

Eventually, the long preparation for the race was over and the competitors in the “second start” of the race set off on a perfect Cape Town’s summer day on January 11.

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Chi-Chi, the WWF mascot, was at the Waterfront to wave them off.
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HomeChoice chairman Rick Garratt says his farewells before stepping on board for an intense week of racing.

Among the messages that the campaign highlighted is the fact that one dump truck of plastic per minute enters the ocean every single day (the equivalent of around eight million tonnes a year). The real cost to the oceans is in the order of US$13 billion per year. 
  

As it turned out, Love Water was the first to cross the finishing line and smashed the record for the crossing by three days. It took them 7 days, 20 hours, 54 minutes and 2 seconds (Maserati came in a few hours later, in 8 days 3 hours 39 minutes and 34 seconds).

At the finish, skipper Craig Sutherland described the crew as an “ecstatic, exhausted, salty, smelly bunch of sailors”.

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Love Water all Panda-ed up and ready to set sail.

At WWF, we love water, nature and the oceans. Thank you to the Love Water and HomeChoice teams for joining hands with us and for highlighting the issue of plastic pollution during your record-breaking, trans-Atlantic race.

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Andrea Weiss, Media Manager

Andrea Weiss would love our oceans and beaches to be plastic free.

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