Next edition: Summer 2022

The 3rd edition of the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy  will take place in Cascais, Portugal, in summer 2022. Around 100 Offshore Sailing Boats, including conventional and high-performance cruisers, are expected.

Registrations

Registrations will open soon, stay tuned.

Course Map

Offshore Sailing in Cascais

The sustainable two-day regatta will see a large number of sailing boats take to the Portuguese coast from Cascais, to raise awareness and important funds for marine conservation programs.
Organised in partnership with the Clube Naval de Cascais, the Sailing Trophy will start and finish in Cascais.

The race will take place in the Atlantic coast of Portugal, course map to be released in race documents section of this website.

Notice of Race available soon, stay tuned.

  • Notice of Race
  • Entries List

Notice of Race

Check the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy 2022 Notice of Race:

Available soon.

Entries List

Check the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy 2022 Entries List:

Available soon.

Our Story

A high-profile Ocean Racing Sailing Trophy.

The Mirpuri Foundation has a legacy in competitive sailing as a global platform to share important messages of marine conservation and encourage positive change to better impact the planet. Through the ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ campaign in the 2017-18 edition of The Volvo Ocean Race, the Mirpuri Foundation was part of a global movement against plastic pollution, and in the next edition of The Ocean Race Europe, the Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team will focus on raising awareness and driving action on climate change, as the team boat carries the message ‘Racing for the Planet’ around the world.

Dr. Paulo Mirpuri, Founder of the Mirpuri Foundation said: “The Mirpuri Foundation is proud of its reputation at the forefront of research and innovation. In these times of uncertainty as the world begins its recovery from the threat of Covid-19, we want to offer the sporting world a template for how to safely operate an event, so that we can return to enjoying safe competition in the beautiful oceans that we are working hard to protect. The Sailing Trophy is a significant step for all international sport and will make waves outside of the racing community.”

“It is our aim to make the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy one of the premier annual racing events in the world. We are proud to work with our partners at the Clube Naval de Cascais to show the world how to compete safely and to continue to bring people together in the spirit of friendly competition, to highlight the need to ever-present protect our fragile ocean habitats. We have a wonderful list of competitors so far and some surprises we are excited to share. We can’t wait to go racing.”

The inaugural Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy took placein 2020 with some of the biggest names in offshore sailing taking part.
Organised in partnership with the Clube Naval de Cascais, the health controlled event was the first of its kind as the sailing world took it’s first steps back to the water in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The two-leg regatta between Cascais and Sesimbra was created to raise awareness and important funds for marine conservations projects. More than 50 boats took part in the event.

Over 70 boats took part in the 2021 edition, in a variety of classes which saw the undeniable highlight of the event, the fleet of IMOCA 60s and VO65s taking part in a points-scoring coastal race for The Ocean Race Europe.

The Trophy

The advent of a new international racing event deserves the creation of a very special trophy. The Mirpuri Foundation worked with Leitão & Irmão to create the perpetual trophy for the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy, which kicks off its third edition next summer in Cascais.

The Legacy

The Mirpuri Foundation was the principal sustainability partner for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, as well as the founding partner for the “Turn the Tide on Plastic” team.

The Mirpuri Foundation founded one of the seven teams competing in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. It was named “Turn the Tide on Plastic” - a strong message for ocean sustainability. In addition, the team helped to raise awareness on the United Nations “Clean Seas” campaign.

The “Turn the Tide on Plastic” Team went well beyond their sustainability message, by also promoting fundamental values such as gender equality and by including younger sailors on the team. The boat was the only one in the race with a female skipper, crewed by an equal number of men and women, and had the highest number of crew members under the age of 30.

The team was also the only one to compete without a commercial message. Instead it emphasized a purely environmental discourse, making audiences and fans of the race aware of the harmful consequences resulting from the use of disposable plastics by taking part in conferences, workshops and beach cleanups in the cities it passed through.

Joining efforts for a better world.

Together, the two organizations implemented sustainability and science programs aimed at helping to avoid plastics continuing to pollute the oceans. The joint effort maximised the impact the message had on host cities, while at the same time minimizing any negative impact on the smaller towns they visited. These programs aspired to leave a positive legacy for the future health of our oceans.

As a Portuguese based organization, the participation of the Mirpuri Foundation in the race opened a new chapter in Portuguese maritime history and directly contributed to creating a new generation of ocean sailors. For the first time in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race, two Portuguese sailors - Bernardo Freitas and Frederico Melo - were part of a team, competing on board a boat that carried the Portuguese flag in this iconic race for the first time.

The Mirpuri Foundation expects that the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy will build on this experience and that results will not only continue to lead sustainability in sport, but set the example. The Mirpuri Foundation is planning important Ocean Conferences series which go hand in hand with the race, and are set to expand even further.

Above all, the Mirpuri Foundation expects to consolidate the large wave created against plastic pollution, which it helped to build during the last race. The public is now much better educated on the perils of plastic and how each one of us can play our part to turn the tide on plastic, for a better world.

The Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy is committed to playing its part in creating a more responsible and sustainable planet by fighting against the very important issues that are plastic pollution and carbon emissions.

The Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy is committed to playing its part in creating a more responsible and sustainable planet by fighting against the very important issues that are plastic pollution and carbon emissions.

We believe that:

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What is good for the world is also good for our race and our own business;

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To sustain our success we must protect our greatest resource - the planet;

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Our success as a race depends on our people feeling inspired by their jobs and a sense of greater fulfilment through their connection to nature.

The Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy is committed to playing its part in creating a more responsible and sustainable planet by fighting against the very important issues that are plastic pollution and carbon emissions.

We are a sustainable race

Since its inception, the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy has worked to ensure that the race becomes (and remains) one of the world’s leading proponents of sustainability in the sailing world. The Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy seeks to minimise environmental impact by reducing emissions in our own operations and our supply chain, and by extending the lifecycle of products that are used.

A Single-Use Plastic Free Event

The Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy is a plastic-free sustainable regatta, and a charitable event, with team registration fees in this first edition of the race being supported by the Mirpuri Foundation and donated to Marine Conservation programs. Additionally, all events are all held in the most environmentally friendly and sustainable way, minimizing our footprint.

Our goals are:

Plastic Free

Truly committed towards our goal of “Turning the Tide on Plastic”, there won’t be any single-use plastics at any point during events.

Smart Paper Practises

All the paper used for the race and events is recycled.

Organic Food

Not only the healthier option for our guests, but organic food has a lower carbon and environmental footprint.

Waste Management

All events waste will be handled responsibly.

Social Responsibility

The Foundation will donate all the on-event residual fresh food to institutions, reinforcing the work done through our Social Responsibility programmes.

Raising Awareness

The Mirpuri Foundation organises several workshops, conferences, campaigns and underwater and beach clean up’s during the pre-race phase, where our team shares the importance of ocean conservation in first-hand, sharing experiences and fan engagement.

Our Partners