Portuguese boat in the Volvo Ocean Race

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Lisbon – Cape Town stage started in Lisbon on Sunday 5 November

Leg Zero, Turn the Tide on Plastic compete in the Around the Island Race. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 02 August, 2017

The boat with the Portuguese flag is sponsored by an ecological foundation which aims to protect the seas from pollution. The team, which will amplify United Nations Environment’s ‘Clean Seas: Turn the Tide on Plastic’ campaign, counts the Portugal-based Mirpuri Foundation as its principal partner and the presence of Bernardo Freitas and Frederico Pinheiro de Melo will strengthen the team’s Portuguese flavour.

The Cape Town stage started in Lisbon last Sunday with a tough regatta in the river Tagus. The Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional event in the world, sailing’s premier round-the-world race – and as one of the sport’s Big Three events, along with the Olympics and America’s Cup. For the eleventh time, the V&A will be hosting the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) in Cape Town. The 17 day event is a platform to showcase the South African Maritime and Ocean sectors to both local and international audiences when the competitors are expected to arrive in Cape Town from the 24th of November.

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