Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ecover - The Power of Nature

Dinghy sailing is one of the most eco-friendly sports on the planet. Unlike race cars, we don't burn tons of fuel in our bid to get around the course - all we use is the wind and our bodies. This is why our sport is so attractive to individuals who embrace a sustainable lifestyle. Indeed, more and more big boat campaigns and races are starting to emphasize and promote the environmental benefits of sailboat racing, including the recently announced Carbon Challenge, which is hoping have an entry in the next Volvo Ocean Race.

So, when we started to think about who to contact for support for the 2008 Worlds, we felt it would be great to target companies who embraced sustainability in addition to the usual suspects, which let us to Ecover.

In the 2004 Vendee Globe, Mike Golding of the UK, was sponsored by Ecover, which is an international producer of eco-friendly cleaning products. The Vendee is considered the toughest single-handed non-stop round the world race, and Mike placed third, despite losing his keel along the way. Ecover continues to support Mike in his ocean racing exploits, and we're pleased to announce that they've generously offered to donate products to help with our fundraising for the 2008 Worlds. I'd certainly like to think we have a bunch of tough little sailors in our fleet who would do this great company proud.

For anyone in the Toronto area who is interested in purchasing Ecover products, you can find them at the Big Carrot. If anyone else is interested, check out their website for local retailers.

Thanks Ecover!

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