We all have a deep connection, love and respect for our oceans this is why we have decided to support the RNLI Portishead and Clean Up Bristol Harbour.
Using our journey we have created a campaign to raise awareness about the health of our waterways in particular focusing on plastic pollution.
1) We are looking at the kind of packaging taken on board (food, cosmetics, hygienic products, so on) trying to find alternatives or solutions to reduce our impact. We are looking to develop a partnership with a recycling company to ensure the packaging we take on board will all be recycled once we reach shore.
2) We are looking into alternatives for the kit we will wear. We have entered into partnerships with various brands that recycle plastics found in the marine environment: swimwear Davy J, sportswear League Collective , Finisterre, FeelFit , sunglasses Sea2See eyewear and many more to come.
3) We are looking at the structure and engineering of our boat.
The Bristol Gulls are thrilled to have entered into a partnership with Rannoch Adventure, to build and race an Eco Ocean Rowing Boat.
The ‘Eco Boat’ will be as lightweight and strong as their state-of-the-art vessel but built in a way that has less impact on the environment, not only around its composite materials, but also the entire build process is also being adapted to have less impact on the environment
The composite boat is made of 3 main components - resin, fibre and core.
The resin is a "green" epoxy because roughly 50% of the carbon used to produce it comes from plant origin.
The glass fibre is manufactured 100% from a renewable energy source - wind
The foam core is manufactured from 100% recycled plastic (post-consumer)
The Gulls will be the first ever team to race an Eco Boat in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, further emphasising their strong commitment to the environment and encouraging sustainable practices.