Created in 2010 by Marco Simeoni, a Swiss entrepreneur passionate about the sea, the Race for Water Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of our oceans. In 2017, the foundation started a 5-year expedition around the world, the Odyssey, which demonstrates the existence of practical solutions for preserving the oceans. The trip has just made a stop in Japan, enjoying great success.
The health crisis had a strong impact on the Race for Water odyssey program. However, the Foundation’s catamaran was able to travel to Japanese water with the help of their local partners Saraya and Zeri Japan and the watchmaking company Breguet.Ishigaki, Okinoerabu, Amamioshima, Kagoshima, Sasebo, Fukuoka, Osaka, Nishinomiya, and Tokyo. A total of nine ports of call and nearly 300 meetings with guests, all very committed to the subject of plastic pollution of the oceans, were received in small groups in order to follow strict health and safety measures.
“We have welcomed on board nearly 300 guests, including 80 elected officials, local decision-makers and 70 journalists since the beginning of March, including of course our partner representatives: Mr. Yusuke Saraya, President of Saraya Group and Zeri Japan. We would like to warmly thank the teams of Saraya and Zeri who accompanied and supported us in our efforts. Without their commitments, our stopovers in Japan would not have been possible”, says Franck David, Director of the Race For Water Odyssey.
“During these seven months, the media, entrepreneurs, and local councilors were able to discover our Race For Water vessel and its innovative technologies as well as the solutions proposed to fight against plastic pollution. We remain convinced that the solutions are on land. It is important to continue our awareness-raising actions and to be on the ground despite the context.”