We could not be more stoked for Seabin founders Andy and Pete nor more impressed with Sir Ben Ainslie’s team after both announced today that the very first Seabin would be installed in Team Land Rover BAR’s headquarters in Portsmouth. And a hearty thanks from us for some real AC news for a change! For more about how a world full of Seabins will fix the oceans, listen to the Clean interview with them.
From the presser:
Land Rover BAR are committed not just in their aim of winning the America’s Cup for Britain, but doing so with the least impact on our natural environment. Working with our exclusive Sustainability Partner 11th Hour Racing, the team aim to increase understanding of the oceans, and find solutions to the challenges that are impacting our marine resources.
They were keen to support Seabin as Team Principal and skipper Ben Ainslie explained; “We are in a really unique position to raise awareness and accelerate the adoption of solutions to combat our reliance on unsustainable resources. We are committed to reducing our own environmental footprint and working with our partners to identify new innovative solutions to deliver further positive change, and to communicate this widely. We look forward to seeing the positive effects of the Seabin once installed in Portsmouth this summer.”
And in other news of Brits behaving boldly, props to Leslie Greenhalgh and the ACWS Portsmouth organizers for some frank speaking last week about the 2015 ACWS event failing on a few big fronts and struggling to break even. For 2016, they’ll make a number of changes, including cheaper entry fees and bigger free viewing areas. Less art fair and rock concert and better access to racing, in other words. As reported by Sailweb:
“People’s appetite to know about the racing and who was winning was huge,” said event director Leslie Greenhalgh, “Mistakenly we didn’t think people wanted to be overwhelmed with too much information.
Team Origin operations director Jeremy Troughton said, “We misjudged it. Now we’re just going to focus on the sailing . . . This time we’re not trying to be anything else.”