October 08, 2011

At the occasion of the participation of the MOD70 Race for Water in the KRYS MATCH, the first event of the Multi One Design circuit, the Multi One Attitude Foundation is very proud to announce that UNESCO has decided to support the “Race for Water” programme for the year 2012. The announcement was made this morning in presence of Maria Hood, Special Programmes Advisor for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Anne-Cecile Turner, Multi One Attitude Foundation director, and Stève Ravussin, Race for Water skipper. The Krys Match and the Foundation programme are in fact placed under the patronage of UNESCO.

The Krys Match: a trial run for the MOD70 series

High performance offshore trimarans, four teams competing, skippers at the highest level, the Krys Match offers 3 days of thrilling races at La Trinité-sur-Mer. This competition is a foretaste of the Multi One Championship, the MOD70 circuit, which will provide, as of 2012, a programme combining transatlantic races – the Krys Ocean Race (New York-Brest) – a European Tour and a World Ocean Tour.

Great novelty in the yacht racing world, the Multi One Championship will be the communication platform of the Multi One Attitude Foundation, a foundation created in its wake, with the objective to raise public awareness on water preservation issues. The Foundation is proud to present here at La Trinité-sur-Mer the Water Pavilion, a space dedicated to exhibitions for the public, as well as an educational area for the local schools. In addition, the Foundation is also represented by its ambassador boat, the MOD70 nr 1, the Race for Water, skippered by the talented Swiss sailor Stève Ravussin.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

The UNESCO considers that the Foundation will contribute to develop the visibility of its actions among the general public. Moreover the UNESCO has assessed that the Foundation’s activities are in line with its objectives to raise awareness about the key role that the Ocean plays in the sustainable development and, more generally, that the Foundation positively contributes to the water preservation global issues.

A better understanding of the oceans is necessary to improve the weather forecasts and to anticipate storms and floods. It is also used to define the international actions towards global warming and to optimize the governments’ policies. The oceans are permanently changing and must, therefore, be under permanent observation. This understanding is needed for a global water preservation approach.

The GOOS (Global Ocean Observing System) ensures a long-term observation of the oceans. It has been managed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO since 1990 and has today in place more than:

• 3’000 Argo floats which that collects high-quality temperature and salinity profiles from the upper 2000m of the ice-free global ocean and currents from intermediate depths

• 1’250 drifting buoys which record the currents of surface, the temperature and the atmospheric pressure

• 350 embarked systems on commercial or cruising yachts which collect the temperature, salinity, the oxygen and the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the ocean and the atmosphere, and the atmospheric pressure.

• 100 research vessels which measures all the physical, chemical and biological parameters, between the surface of the sea and the ocean floors every 30 nautical miles out of 25 transoceanic lines.

• 200 marigraphs and holographs which transmit information in quasi real time, thus providing the possibility of detecting tsunamis.

• 50 commercial ships which launch probes measuring the temperature and salinity between the surface and the ocean floor on their transoceanic ways.

• 200 dampings in open sea which are used as long-term observatories, recording weather, chemical and biological parameters on a fixed site between the surface and the bottom.

ARGO Floats

Since 2000, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO has been coordinating the international scientific activities for the ARGO project deployment, a network of 3′000 floats which measure in real time the temperature and salinity of the oceans. The objective of the programme is to maintain a network of at least 3′000 ARGO floats covering the ice-free zones in order to study the oceans long-term variability. This system, in permanent evolution, requires assistance to deploy at least 800 floats every year, in order to compensate for the losses: freeze, beaching, old age (4-5 years) and areas that are not covered by the usual commercial routes.

ARGO floats are able to measure the temperature and salinity up to 2.000 meters depth, every 10 days, with a lifespan from 3 to 5 years. Once launched, the floats are started automatically. They go down to the parameterized depth, derive during several days, and come up again, with the measures of the ocean salinity and temperature. The data are automatically transmitted to the satellites. All the parameters of the mission, like the drift depth, the sampling vertical resolution and the time on surface, can be worked to be appropriate for the exploitation area.

The Multi One Attitude Foundation activities

The Foundation has launched a water preservation programme for the general public, as well as an educational program for the children. In this context, the Foundation is looking for the best scientific and technical expertise on the subject, at both local and international level. The UNESCO programs in the areas of hydrology, oceanography and education will enable the Foundation to get in contact with a network of international experts, a source of local knowledge on a global subject. In addition, the “UNESCO World Heritage” sites on the Championship route will have the opportunity, through this event, to explain their achievements in preserving those natural treasures and to encourage the locals to pursue even after the end of the race.

In addition, in order to concretely contribute to the Global Ocean Observing System, the Multi One Attitude Foundation and the UNESCO are currently evaluating the possibility for the “Race for Water”, the Foundation ambassador boat, and the other MOD70 boats, to take part in the ARGO program.

Anne-Cecile Turner, Multi One Attitude Foundation director, declares: “We are very happy to be in partnership with the UNESCO. We are delighted to collaborate with the division for oceanography, hydrology, the man and biosphere, and education, and to benefit from their expertise and their scientific knowledge about water issues. We are convinced that we will be an efficient international communication platform for the UNESCO programs, via the Multi One Championship and the ambassador boat Race for Water.”

More information:

The Global Ocean Observing System:

The IOC – WMO Joint Technical Commission on Oceanography and Marine Meteorology:

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