The 1st International Conference in Ocean Sailing & the Environment saw the light of day in the context of the 2010-2011 edition of the Barcelona World Race and was held in Barcelona on 28,29 and 30 December.
The Conference was devised as an activity that would bring together key world experts in these fields and allows them to reflect on topics related to Ocean Sailing and the Environment, construction, the personal experiences of the skippers and scientific knowledge on Climate Change.
The aspects handled focused on economic, social and environmental issues, topics which sparked debates on the subject of crafts, skippers and Planet Ocean (Competition Space). The conference organisers, courtesy of the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB), the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing), paid tribute to Éric Tabarly by holding an exhibition and ceremony in his memory, which were attended by the President of the Eric Tabarly Association, Ms Jacqueline Tabarly.
The speakers in attendance in Barcelona included the following:
1st KEY TOPIC: THE BOAT
2d KEY TOPIC: THE SKIPPER
Pierre Louis Castelli
3rd KEY TOPIC: THE COMPETITION SPACE – PLANET OCEAN
The tribute to Eric Tabarly featured the presence of:
Jean Le Cam
The Conference concluded with the ‘Barcelona Declaration', a manifesto written by the speakers and attendants. The Declaration brings together various conclusions on the subjects of Ocean Sailing, n recycling and waste management and the Marine Environment.
There was one special general agreement: ‘We encourage the Barcelona World Race to adopt attitudes that raise awareness of the sea and promote the social acceptance of a Citizenship of the Oceans. We ask the Barcelona World Race to take the initiative to reach agreements with major ocean regattas, scientists and their organisations, and to establish partnerships in order to, for instance, integrate measuring equipment into the boats or distribute of Argos buoys as part of the GOOS programme”
This conclusion and the current social and economic conditions constitute important factors for the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB) in terms of the 2014-2015 Barcelona World Race organisers’ focus. The third edition of the Regatta will thus integrate aspects related to sustainability and active contributions to environmental studies and research.
- Work towards zero emissions: mandatory use of hydrogenerators.
- Providing greater scientific value: compulsory use of salinity and plastic sensors on participating boats.
- Promotion or Educational Projects and Knowledge
- Promotion of Research and Development Projects energy studies
- Promotion of Technological Projects