Vestas 11th Hour Racing Witness Nature at Its Best in the Pacific

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There are few sporting events in the world that feature such a unique convergence of sport, adventure, travel and nature. The Volvo Ocean Race experienced one of those moments earlier this week as American entry Vestas 11th Hour Racing captured rare footage of a whale and shark feeding near the Solomon Islands, as the team raced north through the Pacific on Leg 4 from Melbourne, Australia to Hong Kong, China.

Note: Whales appear at 3:15 in the video

Vestas and 11th Hour Racing have joined forces as co-title sponsors in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race with one simple mission: achieve exemplary results in sport and be the most sustainable team in the race. Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, two experienced US sailors from the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, lead the team. The Race will stop at 12 international ports, taking millions of fans on a 45,000 nautical-mile route around the world while bearing witness to global change and sharing the import message of protecting and restoring our oceans.
 
The team is intent on winning on and off the water; promoting renewable energy and ocean health, with a particular focus on reducing marine debris, and implementing a comprehensive sustainability plan across all operations. 
 
The Race comes to the U.S. with the only North American stopover in Newport, RI from May 8-20, 2018.

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